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Heartburn: here are the foods that would help soothe it, according to a gastroenterologist

  • March 29, 2024
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THE stomach pains most often arise from a fairly common condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is linked to a failure of the anti-reflux system and causes part of the contents of the stomach to rise into the esophagus, as explained by Health Insurance. It then causes heartburn and acid reflux which generally occur after meals, during the night while lying down or in a stressful moment. These burns can be caused by different factors such as hiatal hernia, excessive pressure on the abdomen linked to overweight or obesity, but also to consumption of tobacco, alcohol, chocolate, spices, acidic and high-fat foods.

In a recent video posted on his TikTok account, American gastroenterologist Joseph Salhab, also known as @thastronomiehdoc on social media, revealed foods that would help relieve heartburn.

What foods should you eat to soothe heartburn?

Do you want to get rid of the heartburn that impacts your daily life? For that, “There are foods that can be found very easily at home that help relieve symptoms. Particularly when not receiving treatment” as the gastroenterologist explains in his video.

Sugar-free chewing gum

According to the gastric reflux specialist, when you chew sugar-free gum, the burns subside quite quickly. This phenomenon can be explained in part because “Chewing stimulates the movement of the esophagus and stomach, thereby eliminating excess acid.”

The almonds

The calcium contained in almonds (260 mg/100 g according to Ciqual) helps soothe heartburn, as the expert mentions. He adds that calcium is also found in certain antacid medications prescribed for gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Cold milk

“Drinking a glass of milk can help soothe the esophagus when it is burned by excess acid, especially when it is cold,” indicates the gastroenterologist.


As Dr. Joseph Salhab explains, papaya is a fruit native to Mexico that contains digestive enzymes that can help fight acid reflux, but also relieve bloating.

The green vegetables

Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas… All these green vegetables are known to prevent and reduce acid reflux, as the gastroenterologist indicates in his video. They are rich in alkaline minerals, and promote optimal acid-base balance.


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♬ original sound – Dr. Joseph Salhab

Additional source:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in adults: definition, symptoms and causes – Health Insurance
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