Do you suffer from acidity or heartburn? Despite healthy eating does it keep occurring? It is better to exclude foods and drinks that aggravate the symptoms of heartburn.
Certain foods should be avoided completely as they really intensify the occurrence of acidity. You should have a complete knowledge on foods that cause acidity and either limit or avoid them completely.
Let’s know Why Certain Foods Cause Acidity
Acidity or heartburnmay occur when the valve between the stomach and the esophagus relaxes, when they should not, and acid in the stomach flows back to the esophagus.
Acid Foods You Should Avoid
Fried And Fatty Foods
Fried and foods that are rich in fats cause acidity. Such foods include fatty meat, processed meats, chicken skin and cheeses. Eating meat in moderation is acceptable but stick to the low fat options. Remove the skin of the chicken before eating and also try to consume chicken breast as it contains lesser fat. Deep fried foods have the same effect. Avoid them completely.
There are certain foods in the food category too that need to be avoided if suffering from acid reflux or hyperacidity. Fruits with higher percentage of citric acid need to be excluded from the diet. Such fruits are lemons, oranges, cranberries and grapefruits.
Juices extracted from these fruits are also to be avoided as much as the whole fruit. Bananas and apples are very good and have nothing to do with acid reflux. You can have them as snack between the meals too.
Desserts And Sweets
Desserts and sweets also generate acidity; hence, avoid them as much as you can. Such food items may include brownies, cookies and chocolates.
Be Cautious With Vegetable Salads
Though vegetables are not of concern, but keep a check on the type of salad dressings you are using. It is better to avoid creamy salad dressings and vinegar and oil salad dressings. These may increase the PH level in the stomach.
Be very careful with dairy products. Sour cream, whole milk, ice cream etc are high in dairy and acid foods. However, if you wish you can shift to the fat free version of these foods. Remember you need to balance your calcium level in the body too.
Also avoid spices like chilli in your diet. Spices are responsible for creating a more acidic environment in the stomach. Chilli deteriorates the ‘lower esophageal sphincter muscle’ and makes acidity worse.
Strictly avoid alcohol, or have in moderation. Alcohol relaxes the ‘lower esophageal sphincter muscle’ leading to an increase in the level of acidity in stomach. The effect is the same with drinking coffee and smoking.
Can I Eat My Favorite Foods That May Cause Acidity Ever In My Life?
This is the most common question asked by the acid reflux sufferers. The answer is “Yes” you can have them sometimes but not always. Actually, it depends on the individual and the severity of the problem. It depends on how and up to what extent your body is reacting to the acid foods. Talk to your doctor and examine your diet plan. Have small meals at frequent intervals as it puts less pressure on your digestive system.