- Have you experienced chest pain or heartburn that almost resembles a heart attack?
- Have you been popping too many antiacid pills lately?
- Are you often left with a bitter, metallic taste in your tongue?
If you nodded a yes to these questions, then you are one of those thousands of people who suffer from acidity. An article in Indian Express stated that over 7 to 10% people suffer from acidic reflux, also called acidity on a daily basis, and over 70% of them are below 50 years of age.
What is acidity?
Acidity is a digestive system disorder in which the gastric glands produce extra acid that irritates the lining of the food pipe. The heartburn, the metallic taste in your mouth, and a general loss of appetite are some of the common symptoms of acidity. Ignoring them can even lead to serious complications such as stomach ulcers and cancer.
Acidity is a common disorder. Most of us have experienced it at least once in a lifetime. However, the stressful lifestyle and unhealthy diet have made this an everyday phenomenon.
What can be done to prevent it?
If you have been experiencing frequent acidity episodes, then it’s time that you adopt these changes in your everyday routine.
Lifestyle changes: We cannot avoid stress, but we can certainly control it. Dedicate a fixed time to exercise. Put on those jogging shoes that you purchased a few months ago and start running. Health tech devices are on the rise, you can buy one of those wearables that measure the number of steps you walked in a day, or the distance you ran. This data can help you analyse your progress and make changes to your lifestyle.
Change your diet: Indian food by nature is oily and spicy. So are fast food that is regularly consumed to satiate hunger instantly. Changing your dietary habits is a great way of reducing the episodes acidity. You can either speak to a nutritionist or check online for foods that can be included and excluded from your diet.
Most importantly, include superfood in your meals.
Superfoods are foods that are packed with large doses of much-needed antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Certain types of superfoods are known to have antiacid properties. Including them in your meals can help in balancing the acid and alkaline levels in the body. Let’s look at five superfoods that you must include in your diet to curb acidity.
1 - Chia seeds
Originated from Mexico, Central and South America; Chia seeds are known for their medicinal properties. Chia seeds have high fibre content. A 100 grams of Chia seeds have 27.6 grams of soluble fibre, which aids in digestion. Additionally, it is rich in Omega3 and can absorb water equal to 12 times its weight. This helps in lubricating the intestines and aid in removing excess acid. The swelling property of chia seeds can fill the stomach easily, which helps in reducing the intake of food. When the food intake reduces, acidity automatically comes under control. The next time you face heartburn, just consume a handful of chia seeds accompanies with water. You can also make a chia gel mixture by mixing chia seeds with water and store it for future use.
2 - Honey
Free radicals are known to damage the cells lining in the digestive tract leading to acidity and eventually cell damage that leads to cancer. According to the Indian Journal of Medical Research, honey helps in reducing swelling of the oesophagus and prevents free radicals in the body. It is believed that consuming honey mixed with lemon juice or warm water will help in controlling acidic reflux. There are plenty of varieties available in the market; we recommend that you consume raw, unprocessed honey as that contains the highest amount of nutrients and enzymes required by your body.
3 - Flax Seeds
Maintaining your digestive health is essential. Flax seeds play a crucial role in safeguarding your digestive health. Flax seeds contain soluble fibre and are also a rich source of Omega 3 that have anti-inflammatory benefits. The oil extracted from flax seeds are known to lubricate the digestive system. All these properties make them a good superfood to avoid acidity. Flax seeds can be consumed as ground flaxseed powder or in its oil format. Just include the ground flaxseed in your cereals or salad and have a spoon of flax seed oil regularly to improve digestion and cure acidity.
4 - Himalayan Pink Salt
Heartburn occurs when the body produces less stomach acid. Your body requires an optimum quantity of hydrochloric acid to digest food. Himalayan pink salt is an unprocessed form of salt that addresses the issue of low stomach acid production. It provides an optimum level of chlorides required for producing hydrochloric acid and also contains over 80 traces of minerals essential for balancing the biochemicals within the body. The best way to include Himalayan pink salt in your diet is to replace common salt with it.
5 - Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is made of crushed apples. Yeast is added to the liquid to ferment it. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid that helps in increasing the levels of acid in the digestive tract and neutralise the PH levels in the stomach. The best way to consume apple cider vinegar is to dilute it with water and drink to avoid the burning sensation caused by acid in the vinegar. You can also mix raw honey to sweeten it and for better results. There are several variations of apple cider vinegar available in the market. However, we recommend that you buy the unfiltered variety as it contains ‘mother of apple’ - a colony of bacteria that helps in fermentation. The mother of apple is believed to be rich in proteins and enzymes, which is essential to treat acid reflux.
Consuming these superfoods on a regular basis will help your stomach to produce the necessary stomach acid and to maintain the PH level in your body. However, ensure that you buy the natural or raw form of superfood to gain maximum benefit from it. If you are confused about selecting the right product, then just head over to Nutriwish’s website to shop for original, unprocessed superfood - http://nutriwish.com/shop.
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