Chewing six to eight blanched almonds often helps to relieve heartburn. This remedy works best when the individual chews the almonds slowly and completely to prevent swallowing air, which adds to the discomfort. The chewing increases production of saliva in the mouth, which buffers stomach acid, according to WebMD. Other foods to consider include complex carbohydrates, apples and some spices.
Complex carbohydrates are soothing and help to absorb stomach acid. Brown rice, either plain or with some sweetener, is one choice. Soda crackers also work. A package of two crackers, such as those restaurants serve with soup, is often enough to absorb the acid and stop the burn. Sufferers should avoid overeating carbohydrates in their attempt to reduce heartburn. Large meals contribute to acid reflux, according to Harvard Health Publications.
Apples are another helpful food for reducing heartburn. Eating them raw, with the skin intact or cooked in desserts seems to be effective. When cooking, avoid adding fat, which increases acid production in the stomach. Adding spices, such as cinnamon and cardamom, also helps to reduce heartburn, according to HowStuffWorks. If the pain strikes suddenly and no apples are in the refrigerator, eating a piece of toast with these spices sprinkled on top, along with a cup of soothing sage or ginger tea provides another remedy.