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What Can I Drink or Eat to Help My Burning Stomach?

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Christa Miller is a writing professional with expertise in massage therapy and health. Miller attended San Francisco State University to earn a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing with a minor in journalism and went on to earn an Arizona massage therapy license.
What Can I Drink or Eat to Help My Burning Stomach?
low acid fruits like bananas shouldn't worsen indigestion Photo Credit: tycoon751/iStock/Getty Images

Dyspepsia, or indigestion, commonly causes burning or gnawing sensations in the upper abdomen. Other symptoms of indigestion include belching, bloating, heartburn, vomiting and nausea. Although many foods might cause indigestion, some foods and beverages actually soothe digestive discomfort and even improve the overall efficiency of your digestive system.

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Herbal Teas

soothing chamomile tea
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Chamomile tea helps relax muscle contractions in the intestines and is also sometimes used to help treat indigestion and other digestive troubles, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Peppermint tea may also be beneficial for reducing burning sensations because it calms the stomach muscles and can help improve the body’s ability to digest fats. However, you should stick with chamomile tea if your stomach burning is related to gastroesophageal reflux disease; in this case, peppermint may actually make symptoms worse. Drink these soothing herbal teas between meals to reduce indigestion.

Low-Fat Choices

choose lean white poultry over fattier meats
choose lean white poultry over fattier meats Photo Credit: Robyn Mackenzie/iStock/Getty Images

Fatty and greasy foods typically make indigestion worse, so avoid them whenever possible. Fortunately, most foods and beverages come in low-fat varieties. Stick with skim or low-fat milk, eat frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, choose lean ground beef and white poultry over fattier meats, have pasta with a vegetable-based sauce rather than a cream or cheese sauce, eat broth soups instead of cream soups and choose air-popped popcorn, fruits and vegetables over nuts, recommends the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Whole Grains

try eating whole grain bread for a burning stomach
try eating whole grain bread for a burning stomach Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/ Images

Eating high-fat foods can help you feel full, but you will need to find ways to fill that deficiency when you cut back on fat. Eating whole grains will help you stay full because they digest more slowly than do refined grains such as white rice. Emphasize oatmeal, brown rice, barley, whole-wheat pasta and whole-wheat breads in your meals to nix the stomach burn while staying satiated. Many fruits and vegetables also contain fiber.

Fruits and Vegetables

limit consumption of citrus fruits
limit consumption of citrus fruits Photo Credit: Image Source White/Image Source/Getty Images

Eating too many citrus fruits, tomatoes and oil-cooked vegetables can cause burning sensations in your upper abdomen. Low-acid fruits such as apples, bananas, peaches, apricots, mangoes and melons should cause less of a problem. Most vegetables are naturally low in acid, but avoid frying them or slathering them in oil. Give them a light dousing of olive oil when you roast them to reduce their fat quotient.


if indigestion is persistent you should seek medical help
if indigestion is persistent you should seek medical help Photo Credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Some causes of indigestion need medical treatment. For instance, burning sensations that occur due to a stomach ulcer or irritation caused by H. pylori bacteria may need treatment with antibiotics or medications that help reduce the amount of acid in your stomach. A hiatal hernia, which occurs when part of your stomach slides up through your diaphragm, also causes persistent burning sensations if you don’t get it treated.

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