Acid reflux may not be a major health condition, but if you’re one of those unlucky ones who live with it, you probably know how it can have a major impact on your life and performance.
Non Acid Fruits for Acid Reflux
Thanks to the widespread consumption of processed food that contain less of nutrients and other beneficial substances and more of harmful additives and chemicals, our digestive system has been under a lot of stress.
Naturally, there come several digestive ailments, acid reflux being one of the many. And when it comes to tackling it, there’s nothing better than relying on natural foods to do it right! Adding some non acid fruits (more like alkaline fruits) to your diet can make a HUGE difference- it can not just bring the pH levels of your stomach back to normal, but also greatly reduce the intensity and severity of acid reflux.
Time to add more of these to your diet people!
Most berries are both very alkaline and neutralize the acidic pH of your stomach once consumed. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and huckleberries are some options that you can try. What’s more, berries are versatile and can be incorporated in a variety of tasty dessert dishes as well, so go ahead and add ’em to your breakfast smoothies or whip up a quick dessert with loads of them.
Best of all, they also give you a good dose of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and other nutrients, which help boost your overall health in more ways than one.
With the exception of sulfur treated apricots that can be very acidic when inside your body, dried fruits such as banana and raisins are more alkaline than regular pH neutralizing foods, thus making it good for you if you are affected by intense acid reflux and would are expecting immediate relief. In addition, most dried fruits also contain good amounts of healthy fats, which make them heart-healthy as well.
Top your smoothies and oats with some of these and you’re good to go!
Thanks to their alkalizing nature when inside the body combined with their high level of nutrients and hydration, a lot of melons such as watermelon, honeydew melon and muskmelon are great for keep your body’s pH level in check. So, the next time you feel exhausted after coming from a long day at work and a little uneasy in your stomach after that spicy Indian food you just had, why not have a glass of watermelon juice or a plate of honeydew melon to relieve you of both your exhaustion and your acidity!
Though citrus fruits might look and are acidic (they have high levels of citric acid), but are more than capable of neutralizing the acid content in your body once ingested. Besides, who could say no to a refreshing glass of orange juice with the unforgiving heat of the summer upon us? Plus, that’s not the only kind of citrus fruit that you can have- tangerine, lemon and grapefruit are some great alkalizing fruits as well.
Other Non Acid Foods
Apart from these non acid fruits, you can also consider adding these foods and herbs to your everyday meals to tackle acid reflux better and naturally.
Oatmeal is a popular breakfast staple among weight loss and healthy eating enthusiasts, but it, infact, is much more than just that. It has been found that oatmeal helps you feel ‘full’ and keeps you from overeating, thereby reducing the risk of heartburn associated with excessive consumption of food.
Ginger is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and has been used as a natural remedy for many digestive system complaints for centuries. It turns out, it can help improve overall digestive health, and yes, tackle acid reflux and heartburn as well. Adding it to your soups and other food preparations is easy, since it is really versatile and lends your meals a nice, earthy flavor too!
Aloe vera is commonly associated with acne and other skin conditions, but it infact, it an amazing digestive system stimulant too. Its cooling properties work wonders internally and create a sort of layer over the entire digestive tract, reducing heartburn and acid reflux and their symptoms.
Fennel is another herb that has been found to improve digestive health when consumed. It has a pH of 6.9 which is perfect for those suffering from acid reflux and it tastes great too! Look up some cool recipes online and try to make it a part of your meals.
Celery has very low calorie content, and is excellent for your digestive system, since it provides roughage and also acts as an appetite suppressant. Its high water content is what makes it a great natural remedy for heartburn and GERD. Parsley (both the flat leaf and curly variants) turn out to be amazing for digestive health and helps keep the stomach happy!
Adding more of these non acid fruits to your everyday meals will help you tackle acid reflux better, and in a much healthier manner. Have you experienced the benefits yet? Let us know in the comments box below!