Some foods we eat on a daily basis can cause us to feel sick and we may not even know it. Tomatoes, coffee, chocolate and even citrus fruit are all common triggers of heartburn.
Acid reflux is a condition in which acidic gastric fluid enters into the esophagus causing a burning chest pain which is called heartburn. Up to 24 per cent of Canadians suffer from heartburn, according to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. That means almost one in four Canadians suffer daily. Though acid reflux can cause strong chest pain and might be scary. But don’t be alarmed. It is not a heart attack, which is the common fear. Luckily there are many ways to treat heartburn.
A good first step to managing acid reflux is to take control of your diet. What you choose to eat and drink play a big factor in how you feel on a daily basis.
Most fruit contain a high amount of citric acid but melons and bananas do not. They contain a significant lower amount of acid. It’s important to stay away from foods with a high acidic level to avoid the uncomfortable feeling of stomach gastric acid moving up into the esophagus.
Ginger is another great food for controlling heartburn. It has been used throughout history as an anti-inflammatory for acid reflux and gastrointestinal conditions.
This smoothie is quick and simple to make. It uses both bananas and ginger to help reduce acid reflux and provide energy throughout the day. This drink has a balance between sweet and savory and tastes great. The cayenne pepper gives the smoothie an extra lift of flavour that will make your taste buds dance.
1/2 cup ice
2 cups milk
2 ripe bananas sliced
1 cup yogurt (I preferred using vanilla yogurt)
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, peeled and grated fine
3 tbsp. brown sugar or honey (optional [I preferred brown sugar])
fresh lime juice
Using a blender, add ice, milk, yogurt, bananas, grated ginger, brown sugar, squeeze of fresh lime juice, and carnation milk.
Blend until smooth.
Add sugar or honey as needed and a pinch of cayenne pepper
I added a fresh slice of lime to the side to add some colour to the drink. One thing to note is using ripe bananas is very important. Most of the smoothie’s sweetness comes from them.
Now you will be able to carry on with your day without fighting heartburn.