21 Acidic Foods To Avoid & Healthier Alternatives

Did you know these days more and more people are switching to an alkaline diet? Because acidic foods produce a myriad of side effects. Reducing the intake of acidic foods can help in improving bone strength, reducing the risk of kidney stones, improving hormone levels, and improve digestion. Eating a healthy diet and reducing the intake of most acidic foods can help in achieving good health. 

Top Alkaline Foods

Top alkaline foods include the following:

Watermelon: Watermelon is one of the best foods for summers. It is not only rich in water and nutrients but also has an alkaline pH. It is rich in powerful antioxidants that reduce cancer-forming cells in the body. The fruit has high fiber content that helps in improving bowel health. 

Lemons: Lemons are known to be a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Lemons also help in reducing body weight by burning body fat.

Mushrooms: Mushrooms are known to balance the pH of your body as they are alkaline. You can include mushrooms occasionally as they also provide certain nutrients to your body. 

Tomatoes: Tomatoes are good sources of vitamins and lycopene. They also promote alkalinity. Therefore, include tomatoes in your diet to balance pH. 

Ginger: Ginger is used commonly in Indian food. It is an alkaline food that balances the pH of your body. It also improves digestion and has anti-inflammatory effects. 

Broccoli: Broccoli is a nutritious food though it does not taste good for many people. It promotes alkalinity and improves bone health. It is also a rich source of protein and other nutrients. 

Green Beans: Beans are rich in fiber and many nutrients. They are also the best alkaline foods and one must include them in the diet. 

Ripe Bananas: Bananas are rich in potassium and other nutrients. Bananas are alkaline and help in the promotion of optimum health. Bananas are good for maintaining good oral health.

Nuts: Almonds are the best nuts that are alkaline and have many health benefits. Almonds also help to boost up energy. Therefore, eat few almonds every day to maintain the normal pH of your body. 

Say ‘No’ To Acidic Foods 

Here is a list of the most acidic foods that should be avoided or limited in daily regimen:

  1. Alcohol.
  2. Milk.
  3. Pizza.
  4. Caffeinated drinks.
  5. Peanuts.
  6. Cheese.
  7. Pasta.
  8. Milk products.
  9. Rice.
  10. Bread.
  11. Butter.
  12. Wheat products.
  13. Refined vegetable oils.
  14. Sports drinks.
  15. Corn syrup.
  16. Soda.
  17. Pancakes.
  18. Fried foods.
  19. Table sugar.
  20. Red meat.
  21. Hot chocolate.

Adverse Effects Of Eating Acidic Foods

There are many reasons for which you should reduce the intake of acidic foods. Some adverse effects of eating acidic foods are:

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a condition in which acid from the stomach reverses back to the esophagus, and causes heartburn and chest pain. It is also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. In an optimum condition, the esophagus has a band of muscles or sphincters that prevents the backflow of acid. But, in acid reflux, the esophageal sphincters become weak and damaged due to which they do not work properly. Many acidic foods cause acid reflux by relaxing the esophageal sphincters and helping acid to reverse back. Alkaline foods on the other hand reduce stomach acid and help in improving symptoms. Balancing blood pH levels, neutralizing stomach acid, making lifestyle changes and eating smaller meals also helps in improving the symptoms of acid reflux. 

Treatment Options For Acid Reflux

Conventional treatment for acid reflux or GERD includes antacids which are acid regulators. But these may produce many side-effects due to the ingredients which are basic salts-magnesium, calcium and aluminum. Magnesium salt can lead to diarrhea and aluminum salts can cause constipation

H2 blockers, which stop acid production, can also be used. These medicines offer short-term relief and work only in half of GERD cases.

There is another class of medicines called prokinetics, which works by strengthening the esophageal sphincter and help your stomach to get empty quickly. But these drugs also produce many side effects. In cases that do not respond to medication, surgery may be recommended.

Natural Treatment

Natural protocols not only help in relieving your symptoms of acid reflux but also address the root cause of the problem so that you get long-lasting results. Natural therapies are traditionally believed to neutralize acid levels and give fast relief from heartburn, and other symptoms of acid reflux. Natural remedies soothe the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and stimulate the normal structure and functioning of the esophageal sphincter. You can click on the link for a free consultation with one of our doctors www.biogetica.com

Some natural remedies that are believed to support the normal functioning of the digestive system are:

Natrum Phos: It is believed to support the stomach lining and balances pH in the body. [1] 

Manjistha: It is traditionally believed to strengthen the esophageal sphincters and prevent backflow. [2]

Argentum Nit: Studies show that it gives relief from the symptoms of acid reflux quickly and regulates the functioning of the stomach. [3]

Bauhinia Variegate: It is traditionally believed to regulate esophageal spasms and gives relief. [4]

Ficus bengalensis: It is traditionally believed to increase the strength of esophageal sphincters and prevent the backflow of acid. [5]

Reference Links:

  1. http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=Benefits+of+Natrum+phos+in+gastric+complaints&btnG=Search&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=&as_vis=0
  2. http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=Benefits+of+Rubia+Cordifolia&btnG=Search&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=&as_vis=0
  3. http://scholar.google.com/scholar?start=0&q=Argentum+nit++in+Gastroesophageal+reflux+disease&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5
  4. http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=Bauhinia+variegata++in+Gastroesophageal+reflux+disease&btnG=Search&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=&as_vis=0
  5. http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=Ficus+bengalensis+in+Gastroesophageal+reflux+disease&btnG=Search&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=&as_vis=0

 

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