What You Should Know About
Your Food To Avoid Acidity

Putting our best foot forward we are constantly on the move in a world that asks
us to be buzzing with energy, on our toes 24/7. Trying to get the maximum work
done, cramming in as many experiences as possible, juggling work and home like
an ace is the lifestyle that most of us follow.

In this hectic lifestyle, acidity is the one thing that catches us off guard. It is one
thing that all of us have faced regardless of what we do or where we stay.

Whether you are at work or home, our erratic working hours make us vulnerable to
heartburn. There is a reason acidity is called heartburn – the fire like feeling, burning
and scorching pain reaching up to our throat really does feel like a smoldering fire.

When out to have fun, at late night parties, during travel or while working hard on
deadlines, acidity can be a solid morale and mood killer. Age and gender is no bar!
It strikes at the most inopportune times due to a diverse range of food.

The varied oily, spicy and heavy food at the irregular hours one takes while traveling
is another major trigger for acidity and may become a key cause during the long
hours of road travel1.

The following food tips will help to keep acidity at bay and soothe the acidity if
you do have it.

Food That Help Cure Acidity

1. Traditional bland food such as milk, chicken, mashed potatoes, bananas, apples,
and ice cream usually relieve symptoms in patients with dyspepsia, though
individuals vary.8

2. Eating an Apple or Banana will help as they act as a buffer for acidity. Fresh fruit
will also make your diet healthier in general and helps with acidity.9

3. Aloe Vera juice is another herbal remedy that can help. With its soothing properties
it cools down the burning sensation.10 (Drink in moderation since it also functions
as a laxative).

4. Rice based meals too have been shown to be beneficial for people suffering from
frequent acidity.11

5. Potatoes too are a complex carbohydrate and help when suffering from acidity.12
However, make sure to have these simply boiled and not fried!

How To Avoid Acidity Causing Food

6. Try to avoid fried food. This is not always easy to do with our food variety and
the weather that asks for such indulgences but then, moderating the quantity can
help, even if you do not eliminate fried food completely.3

7. Avoid eating too late at night4. This may not always be possible but then use
portion control so that you are not too full when you lie down to sleep.

8. Avoid too much tea and coffee.5 These beverages are like little shots of energy
infusers but too much of them can do a lot of damage. Try and restrict the intake
to 1 or 2 small cups and keep away the large mugs.

9. Keep a food diary and observe what food lead to excessive heartburn. Try to
avoid or limit those foodstuffs that cause the most problem.6

10. Alcohol consumption is another reason for acidity.7 If you drink, limit the
consumption to 1-2 drinks, and try to avoid consumption late at night.

While this is a good list to keep in mind, each individual’s reaction varies, and it
is best to lookout for specific food or food habits that trigger acidity in you, and
take care accordingly.

Sources referred:

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1 Common Heartburn Triggers
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2 Risk factors for gastroesophageal reflux disease: the role of diet:
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3 Common Heartburn Triggers
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4 The Dangers of Eating Late at Night
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5 Coffee vs. Tea for GERD
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6 Research advances in eosophageal diseases: bench to bedside
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7 Is alcohol consumption associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease?
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8 Therapeutic Diets. ABC of Nutrition:
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Vegetable and fruit intakes and risk of Barrett's esophagus in men and women:
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10 Alginate controls heartburn in patients with erosive and nonerosive reflux disease:
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11 Are Rice and Spicy Diet Good for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders:
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12 Therapeutic Diets. ABC of Nutrition:
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How To Shift Acidity
Into Neutral

Powders are easy to carry and administer, so long
as water is accessible, and they start acting
quickly to relieve acidity symptoms.

Liquids tend to act more quickly on an acidity
problem than tablets and are often the preferred
form for children, but can be difficult to
carry around when you’re on the go.

Tablets are easy to carry, but tend to act more
slowly than either liquids or powders to relieve
acidity symptoms.