Last night’s wings, chips, dips and pizza have left many of us feeling less than our best today. And according to the convenience store 7-11, we’re not alone! Sales of antacids increase by 20 percent on the day after the Super Bowl. But if you’d rather skip the meds, head to your kitchen and snack on a banana to put out the fire of heartburn in 30 minutes. How does the fruit help soothe the burn? Bananas coat and soothe the stomach lining, says Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., coauthor of Best Choices From the People’s Pharmacy, helping prevent acid overproduction and reducing the amount of acid that splashes up into the esophagus.
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