Are you frequently feeling like food stuck on your throat (regurgitation)? Or constantly experiencing bloating or heartburn? Then it’s time to pay attention as these may be manifestations of acidity, gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD or simply, acid reflux.
Medicines are usually recommended to treat these uncomfy symptoms. Still, another effective measure to address such issues is to improve your diet with the help of alkaline foods and alkaline naturals.
Cure your acidity with alkaline foods
Improving your diet is the quickest and most useful way to prevent reflux. Eating more alkaline-forming foods and less acid-forming products help in reducing the backflow of acid into the esophagus. These alkaline-rich foods also aid in balancing your stomach’s acidic contents, which numbs the effect of heartburn. Here are some of the products that you can incorporate into your diet to ease your reflux.
- Green and other veggies such as spinach, okra, cucumber, broccoli, basil (alkaline naturals), eggplant, beetroot, burdock root (alkaline naturals), and many more
- Fruits like apples, watermelon, bananas, figs, and even the acidic ones like orange and lemon as these are alkaline-forming when digested
- Herbs and oils like alkaline naturals‘ chamomile, ginger, bladderwrack, black cumin, etc. that comes in different forms such as powder, extracts, and oil dressings
- Nuts such as almonds and seeds including flax seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and fennel seeds (alkaline naturals)
To start adding more acid-reducing produce to your meals, you can prepare healthy green salads to accompany your lunch or even as a stand-alone snack. You can also sprinkle some alkaline naturals to your lunch or dinner like the Organic Bay Leaf or Lemon Verbena Leaf.
Never forget to hydrate
Every health expert will tell you to keep yourself hydrated all the time. According to research, drinking mineral water lessens reflux’s symptoms. If you drink enough water, it helps dilute the acids in your tummy for symptom release. One trial also showed that drinking alkaline water with a pH of 8.8 generously reduces the reflux symptoms. Water filters used to increase the pH of the water and alkaline water are both available in many water refilling stations and supermarkets. You can talk to your doctor or a nutritionist for better results and understanding about the alkaline diet and how it can address your GERD.
Refrain eating acid-forming foods
Other than eating alkaline-forming foods, it would help if you also avoid or at least decrease your consumption of reflux-causing foods. Acidity-causing foods include fried delicacies, fat-rich sweets, and processed foods.
Avoiding spicy foods might also help you since they can disturb your stomach wall and cause heartburn.
Coffee, chocolates, alcoholic and carbonated beverages should also be taken at a minimum as they tend to prompt a reflux effect after a few hours of intake.
Change your habits
In treating GERD, what food you eat is essential as much as if you eat on time. Post-eating habits like sleeping or lying down and even wearing tight clothing can spike the chances of acidity. Your weight can also be a factor that can set off reflux issues, that is another reason to concentrate on foods that are healthy, organic, and alkaline naturals.
With these easy to follow guidelines, you can now start reducing your acid reflux symptoms as well as improve your overall health with the help of the alkaline diet.