So stick with skim, and no more than 8 ounces.
5) Try antacids
Antacids may offer temporary relief. Antacids work by neutralizing and buffering acid in the stomach. Examples of antacids you can buy over the counter are Tums, Maalox, Mylanta, Gelusil or Gaviscon.
6) Try an herbal remedy
The Mayo Clinic says that there are no proven herbal treatments for heartburn, but some still may provide relief. It is best to talk with your doctor to make sure they do not interact with any other medication you are taking. Examples of herbal treatments are licorice, slippery elm, chamomile and marshmallow.
One product called Iberogast is made up of nine herbal extracts that limited research has shown to be helpful in reducing gastric symptoms.
7) Avoid typical foods that cause heartburn
It may take a bit of trial and error to determine what foods bother you. Common offenders are citrus fruit, chocolate, tomatoes, spicy food, alcohol, coffee, garlic or onions.
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Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues.
Edited by Jody Smith