Milk For Heartburn – Does it Work?
Some people find drinking milk for heartburn helps but the jury is still out. Others will swear milk and dairy products make their heartburn worse. With over 720 million tonnes of milk produced worldwide annually, you would think most people have no adverse effects. And the health benefits are many. Milk is a good source of Protein, Vitamin B12 and Selenium, Vitamin D, Riboflavin, Calcium and Phosphorus.
Milk is basically a water based fluid that contains proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and butterfat globules. It’s an excellent source of calcium and is often fortified with vitamin D.
When you drink milk, the butterfat globules will coat the esophagus and lower esophageal sphincter. This creates a protective barrier against any gastric juices that may escape from the stomach. The higher the fat content in the milk, the more protection it provides. It won’t actually cure your heartburn, but it could relieve the symptoms.
On the other hand, milk and dairy products are acidifying foods. They are not very acidic when they’re sitting in your fridge (milk has a pH of 6.4 – 6.8 ). But they have an acid-forming effect on the body during and after digestion by increasing the amount of hydrogen ions in the body. Alkalizing foods will have the opposite effect on the body by reducing the amount of hydrogen ions in the body. Instead of milk for heartburn relief, it could be a heartburn cause.
Another point to consider is that humans are the only species that consumes milk as an adult. In nature, babies and infants survive and thrive on their mother’s milk. Nothing else. When they begin to eat their natural ‘adult food’, they stop ingesting milk. Milk is not meant to be ingested as an adult with other foods. Only us humans think it’s a good idea. If you find milk gives you heartburn, try an experiment. Only drink milk or eat dairy products like yogurt or ice cream on an empty stomach. Stop drinking milk with meals.
Milk is only one food. Look at you entire diet and lifestyle to cure heartburn.
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