Spicy foods. Fried fare. Tomato sauce. If you suffer from acid reflux, you probably already know exactly what not to eat or drink. But saying no all the time isn’t much fun. Is there anything that you should be eating and drinking more of? Happily, the answer is yes.

Think of the most common trigger foods as your standard comfort foods, explains gastroenterologist, Dr Niket Sonpal. We’re sure these delicious treats instantly popped into your head: red wine, caffeine like coffee, chocolate, peppermint, red meat, pasta sauces, hot chips, and heavier meals in general.

These can relax your lower oesophageal sphincter—the tiny valve at the base of your oesophagus—causing it to open when it shouldn’t. When this happens, the acid that should stay in your stomach can sneak up into your chest, Dr Sonpal explains. Cue the fiery hell that is heartburn.

What’s more, eating a larger-than-average meal can cause your stomach to expand, which requires more acid to break all of its contents down, putting even more pressure on the sphincter. And if you lay down right after eating or drinking a trigger food? The acid can more easily flow back up your throat, causing a sour taste in the mouth, heartburn, coughing, or even post-nasal drip, Dr Sonpal says. That’s why, if you’re prone to reflux, experts recommend eating smaller, more frequent meals and waiting a few hours before heading to bed after eating (or elevating your bed to reap gravity’s benefits).

While anyone can experience acid reflux, people who are overweight, are pregnant, eat a low-fibre diet, lay down shortly after eating, or don’t chew their food thoroughly are most likely to experience symptoms like heartburn, regurgitation, and even chest pain, explains dietitian Robin Foroutan.

But if you’re finding certain foods spur your reflux, then it’s possible others can help tame the burn. Here are seven foods and drinks that could help keep your stomach happy.

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