Importance of Acidity Diet
Do you often get a burning sensation in the stomach? Is acidity giving you sleepless nights? If the answer is yes, then blame your diet. There are times when one tends to overeat, or eats more of spicy and fried foods, or worse, drinks too much caffeine in a day. This kind of lifestyle influences the delicate acid-alkaline balance, resulting in acidosis.
The terms heartburn, acid reflux and GERD are often used interchangeably, but they have different meanings. While acid reflux is caused by certain kinds of foods, other types can alleviate the irritation and discomfort. The discomfort of acidity is caused when the stomach acids are refluxed back into the esophagus. Acid reflux can range in severity from mild to serious. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is the more severe form of acid reflux and heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux and GERD.
With us, you not only get to know what is causing you acidity and associated problems, but you are also provided with a natural approach to cure it. You also get a holistic preventive health checkup to rule out further complications caused by severe acid reflux.
Our personalised diet plan for acidity is easy to follow and is based on four-step scientific approach devised to help you overcome the symptoms of acidity that are affecting your personal and social life.
Acidity Diet Plan
Acidity is catabolic (breaks down) in nature. It is for this reason that it brings about chronic fatigue, low immunity, irritability and mood swings. Therefore, it is important to restore the pH levels in the body as continuing to have an acidic state would precipitate disease sooner or later. An alkaline diet helps balance the pH level of the fluids in the body, including the blood and urine. The pH value tells if something is an acid, a base or neutral. A pH of 0 indicates a high level of acidity, a pH of 7 is neutral and a pH of 14 is the most basic, or alkaline. If your pH test suggests that your body is acidic, switch over to alkaline or low-acid foods such as –
- 1. Fresh fruits – watermelon, mangoes, apples, guava and pears
- 2. Vegetables – potatoes, spinach, cucumber, broccoli, dudhi, turi, mushrooms, soya beans, tofu
- 3. Potato juice and green juices such as aloe vera juice
- 4. Honey
- 5. Dates, raisins and avocado
- 6. Corn, millets
- 7. Curd
- 8. Herbal teas
- 9. Greek yogurt
Avoid acid-forming or acidic foods such as –
- 1. Alcohol
- 2. Caffeine & chocolate
- 3. Citrus fruits such as oranges & packaged fruit juices
- 4. Non-vegetarian foods, fried & spicy foods
- 5. Cheese, cakes & pastries
- 6. Pasta & tomatoes
- 7. Aerated and sugary drinks
- 8. Vinegar, pickles and papad
- 9. Processed & microwaved foods
Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Apart from food, both physical and mental stress tend to elevate the acidity of the blood. The effect of stress on acidosis is more profound than that caused by unhealthy eating. When stress levels are high no amount of right or healthy eating can restore alkalinity in the body.
Water plays an important role in cleansing the body of. So, begin your day with one litre i.e. 4 glasses of water. You can drink it throughout the day as drinking it all in one go can cause nausea. About 6-7 glasses are recommended daily.
Eating a 50% raw food diet plan also helps to reduce acidosis. This happens because raw foods are richer in alkali forming nutrients such as potassium, calcium and sodium. However, people who suffer from indigestion cannot tolerate raw foods; they get flatulence (gas) and migraine by consuming raw foods. Such people can benefit by taking herbs that help improve digestion.