Acid reflux is an annoying and uncomfortable experience that feels like tasting acidic content. It affects most people and occurs when the acidic gastrointestinal contents get back up from the stomach into the esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter muscle normally keeps stomach contents from getting back into the esophagus. But in case of weakness, stomach contents can make their way up the esophagus and cause the heartburn sensation. Acid reflux may result from consumption of certain foods and beverages. But what about yogurt?
Yogurt for Acid Reflux, Good or Bad?
There are two main types of yogurts that affect stomach acids in different ways because of their ingredients. Yogurt is an excellent home remedy for acid reflux, provided you choose the right kind. The two types of yogurt are:
· Commercial yoghurt
· Raw yoghurt
The two types of yoghurt contain different ingredients that have different effects on your stomach.
The commercial yogurt that we usually buy from the store, contains additives such as flavoring, added artificial sweeteners and preservatives all of which may disrupt the normal balance of the stomach resulting in increased acidity, thus causing acid reflux.
Cut off commercial yogurt from your diet if you frequently suffer from acidity. But you don’t really need to keep off yogurt if you really like it because the second type (raw yogurt) is good for your stomach.
Unlike the commercial yogurt, raw yogurt can reduce acidity and is great for the digestive system. This is the safest option for yogurt lovers who suffer from hyperacidity. Natural yogurt, although less common, is rich in probiotics which are friendly to the stomach and help maintain the normal pH balance. The probiotics also help relieve acidity. Additionally, with raw yogurt, the stomach is less likely to produce excess acids that may cause a reflux besides actually soothing it.
More to that, raw yogurt also has a plethora of benefits for your body. If you are shopping for yoghurt, read the label to make sure there are no additives or flavors added to the yogurt. All in all, if you find that acid reflux is persistent and drinking yogurt triggers it, it is best that you cut it from your diet if you cannot access raw yoghurt.
How to Use Yogurt for Acid Reflux
How to Choose Yogurt
Due to the double-edged nature of yogurt for acid reflux, be on the lookout for the following information when you are shopping:
First make sure that you do not have an allergy to dairy products.
The yogurt should not have any additives such as sweeteners and flavors which are common in commercial yogurts.
Always opt for low-fat yogurt.
Go for raw yogurt with natural fruits to give your digestion a boost.
Avoid over-consumption of yogurt, especially if you are taking it for acid reflux.
It is advisable to get medical advice from your doctor before embarking on the yogurt treatment.
How to Use Yogurt
Use Fruits with Yogurt
First of all, fruits are always a great addition to your diet for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Yoghurt consumed with fruits provides the necessary nutrients, and it will work wonders for your digestive system. Fruits in yogurt will not only prevent yogurt acid reflux but also keep you healthy and boost your immunity.
Simple yoghurt and fruit recipe that will help prevent acid reflux:
2 cups yogurt
2 cups strawberries
a cup of diced mangoes
a cup of diced pineapples
2 tsp. milk
2 tsp. of honey
Mix all the ingredients in a blender and pour a cup of yogurt. Blend the mixture until it is smooth.
Add your honey and ice cubes and enjoy the healthy drink.
Use Ginger with Yogurt
Ginger has amazing results for your digestive system. It helps in proper digestion; it absorbs stomach acids and reduces inflammation in the esophagus because it contains anti-inflammatory properties.
Follow the steps below to prepare yourself a healthy drink.
Wash and peel ginger and grind it as fine as possible.
Mix it with yogurt and take daily to reduce acid reflux.
Use Simple Yogurt
Drink a cup of low-fat yogurt every day, preferably raw yogurt for best results.
Use Honey with Yogurt
This simple remedy requires that you mix a cup of yogurt and a teaspoon of honey and drink it every time the yogurt acid reflux occurs.
Use Flaxseed with Yogurt
Flaxseeds are a superfood that is high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. It is excellent for the wellbeing of your digestive health. Stir a tablespoon of flaxseed into your raw yogurt and enjoy the glass of health as regularly as you can.