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What To Eat While Having Acidity

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
02 November 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.


Immune Boosting Foods

Do you experience a burning sensation in your tummy, chest and / or throat after your meal or when you haven’t eaten for a long duration of time? Does this happen a couple of times in the month? To battle it, do you pop an antacid, and do the symptoms creep back, once its action has worn off?

Acidity or heartburn occurs when the stomach acid regurgitates upwards in to the esophagus. Certain specific foods are known to set off acidity and identifying and steering clear of them is an important aspect of the treatment regimen. Also, being overweight or pregnant may increases your risk. Furthermore, the reflux tends to aggravate when you're lying down or if you bend over.

Sporadic episodes are fairly common and need not be any cause for panic. Dietary changes (knowing what to eat in acidity), lifestyle modifications and herbal remedies provide complete relief. If however, the acidity is rather frequent and hampers your everyday schedule, it calls for medical care.

6 foods that effectively battle acid reflux

If you’ve wondered what to eat in acidity and what will help you combat the discomfort successfully, we’ve got you completely covered! We’ve compiled a listing of foods that alleviate your symptoms of acidity and help you deal with the problem fruitfully.

• Ginger: Ginger has been touted as one of the supremely best home remedies to calm an acid reflux. Famed for its robust anti-oxidant properties, gingerols in ginger help allay inflammations, particularly GI tract related inflammations and treat a host of gastrointestinal disorders. Along with the formidable gingerols, the element in the root which relieves acidity and heartburn is melatonin. Studies show that when the levels of melatonin are low, the amount of stomach acid increases. Thus, melatonin promises to bring down levels of stomach acid. So, go right ahead and incorporate loads of ginger in to your diet, more so if you are prone to frequent attacks of acidity. Add ginger to your juices, smoothies, curries and gravies!

• Cumin: How to Increase Immune SystemCumin is an ancient aromat and has been used as a digestive aid since thousands of years. Importantly, scientific research has substantiated cumin's age-old repute of being a potent carminative and digestive. Jeera stimulates the release of enzymes that are crucial for proper digestion and thereby help keep acidity and heartburn at bay. Tata Sampann Jeera Powder is sourced from Nagaur region of Rajasthan, which is famous for Jeera. This jeera contains naturally occurring volatile oil that gives it aroma, colour and responsible for its health benefits.

• Almonds: Badam is chockfull of healthy fats, protein, vitamin E, calcium and magnesium – all these ensure that the GI tract works optimally. Furthermore, since almonds do not contain saturated fat, the LES does not go lax and lazy when the nuts pass through. Also, of immense significance is the fact that almonds leave an alkaline ash in the body, thus warding off acidity. Jump start your day with 10 to 12 almonds to help with heartburn!


• Watermelon: The watermelon has a strong alkalizing effect. It diminishes the acidity level in your body substantially. The fruit is packed with antioxidants that exert an anti-inflammatory effect; and is also jam-packed with water, both of which improve the working of the alimentary canal. So, when in season, make sure that you have a glass of watermelon juice daily!

• Pineapple: Bromelain in pineapple can really help tackle acid reflux! It is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent which boosts digestion and, accordingly, helps deal with the symptoms of acid reflux. Have a couple of slices of pineapple daily. It also makes for an ideal addition to smoothies and juices!

• Papaya: The papaya is packed with papain – which improves digestion, facilitates assimilation and helps effectively tackle acid reflux. Having a big slice of papaya, generously dusted with powdered pepper makes for a wonderful mid-morning snack!

An essential aspect of the management of acidity is to maintain a healthy body weight, figuring out what to eat in acidity. Superfluous fat exerts immense pressure on the belly, pressing on to the stomach and causing the stomach acid to regurgitate in to the esophagus. What's more, if you are susceptible to frequent attacks of acidity, you must avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes, they exert undue pressure on the abdomen as well as on the LES. In addition, stay away from heavy, fatty, greasy meals.

It’s also prudent to identify and avoid your food triggers; that guarantees to thwart heartburn attacks completely. Steer clear of smoking and alcohol - they adversely afflict the ability of the LES to function properly. Armed with all this information, it is exceedingly easy to tackle acidity and heart effectively; conversely, if in doubt, you should discuss with your health care provider.






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