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What can you eat to help with acid reflux?

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Foods like bananas, melons, oatmeal, bread, rice, lean meats and green vegetables that naturally have a lower acidity have been shown to alleviate acid reflux, according to WebMD. Foods with a pH number below five generally cause more symptoms of acid reflux.

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By sticking to foods with a higher pH number, one can avoid and actually prevent acid reflux. While labels and boxes often do not post a food's acidity there are many low-acid cookbooks that have such information, says WebMD.

Acid reflux is caused when stomach acids mix with the acids in foods and back into the esophagus. This backup of acid can cause stomach and chest pain more commonly known as heart burn, according to WebMD.

If acid reflux problems persist there are a number of over-the-counter drugs to help relieve symptoms. Antacids help to relieve not only acid reflux, but also acid indigestion, ulcers, upset stomachs and heartburn. They work by neutralizing the stomach acids. Products such as Alka-Seltzer, Milk of Magnesia, and Pepto-Bismol are antacids, claims WebMD.

Drugs such as Axid AR, Pepcid AC, and Zantac 75 are known as acid reducers. They work to stop the stomach from producing acid, reports WebMD.

Before choosing either an antacid or acid reducer a doctor should be consulted as these medications can sometimes be ineffective or cause side effects, according to WebMD

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