Diet and Foods for Acidity
Acidity occurs when there is excess secretion of acids in gastric glands of the stomach. Those who frequently suffer from acidity should avoid foods that trigger the symptoms of acidity and heartburn.
Other factors that can cause heartburn and acid reflux are stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical activity. So, if your doctor recommends a low-acid lifestyle, here’s the acidity diet you must follow.
Include these foods in your acidity diet –
• Soy beans, tofu
• Unsweetened yogurt and low-fat milk
• Fresh green vegetables
• Non-citrus fruits such as apple, banana and watermelon
• Herbs and spices, excluding salt and mustard
• Beans and lentils
• Whole grains like millet and quinoa
• Herbal teas & low-acid juices such as apple, grape or cranberry
• Healthy fats found in olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds
• Two to four servings of meat, poultry or fish at least once a week with no added fat, tofu and beans
• Egg whites
Avoid high-acidic foods such as –
• Refined foods (sugar and maida)
• Certain dairy products
• High-fat meats, chicken wings, sausage, fried meats
• Processed foods
• Fresh and processed meats
• Carbonated and sweetened beverages
• High-protein foods and supplements
• Grains including wheat, oats, rye and barley
• Caffeine-free beverages
• Alcohol, mint tea and hot cocoa
Eat least 5 to 6 small meals instead of three heavy meals. Small meals provide steady food supply and help digest food easily, without spiking the acid production. Lastly, the number of meals is closely interlinked with stomach acid. So, the less unhealthy food you eat the lesser are your chances of getting acidity.
A simple preparation of lemon water with sugar can be sipped on an hour before lunch to reduce uneasiness.