Foods That Will Keep Your Acidity At Bay In Summers

 , HOD-Nutrition Therapy, Fortis Hospital, Mulund  |  Updated: May 01, 2018 17:34 IST

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Foods That Will Keep Your Acidity At Bay In Summers
Highlights
  • Staying fit and healthy should be top priority for everyone
  • Most common health issues reported during summer are reflux and acidity
  • List of food items that will make your summers less acidic
With the temperatures breaking records now, one should try and become more conscious about their health and wellbeing. This season is known to be very brutal for those who eat and drink with no regard for their wellbeing; staying fit and healthy should be top priority for everyone.

The most common health issues reported during summer are reflux and acidity. Symptoms of acidity like heart burn, bad breath, sour tongue and reflux are experienced when excessive heat in the body leads to the production of high amount of acid. Food being one's medicine, one must be watchful about what they eat, and design their diet on the basis of how helpful and healthy food could be. Let us introduce you to the food items that will make your summers less acidic: 

Water And Fluids

Maintaining the water and pH level of the body is extremely crucial. Increase in the intake of plain water, coconut water, lemon juice, kokam sherbet, cold milk, buttermilk, etc. is important. Coconut water is a natural diuretic as well as one of the richest sources of potassium and minerals. It helps in excreting toxins out of our body and should be consumed regularly.
 
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Water and fluids helps in excreting toxins out of our body


Cold MilkInclusion of cold milk in your diet would help in absorbing the excessive acid produced in the stomach. Adding 1 tbsp of chia seeds in cold milk, gives the best results for those suffering from acidity.
 
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Cold milk in your diet would help in absorbing the excessive acid produced in the stomach


Curd And Buttermilk

These are the most recommended items for surviving summers, both curd and buttermilk are the best-known probiotics. It keeps one's gut healthy by protecting the lining of stomach and improves overall digestion.
 
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Curd and buttermilk are the best-known probiotics


Fruits

They are not just natural antioxidants but power boosters of vitamins and minerals. Rich water content, potassium, magnesium and fibre in fruits makes it best bet, especially during summer. We always recommend opting for whole juicy fruit, rather than consuming its juice. Fruits like amla, guava, oranges and sweet lime are rich in vitamin C. As they are sour, many tend to think that it will aggravate their acidity symptoms, but vitamin C actually helps in treating the acidity and boosting one's immunity. Summer fruits like mangoes are also very rich in vitamin C. Ice apple, white jamun, muskmelon and watermelon are great sources of potassium and magnesium, which are known to maintain the hydration levels of the body. Banana is one of the most commonly consumed home remedy to tackle acidity, as its fibre content makes bananas a natural antacid. Choosing seasonal as well as colourful varieties of fruits is recommended to get the benefits of their natural antioxidants and power boosting capacity.
 
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Fruits are not just natural antioxidants but power boosters of vitamins and minerals

 Vegetables

Vegetables like bottle gourd (lauki), padwal, pumpkin, cabbage, cauliflower are beneficial due to their high water and mineral content. A special mention here goes to cucumber, as it contributes towards body's hydration. Capsicum is also known to have a neutralising effect on stomach acids. Varieties of salads and cold vegetable soups are recommended for consumption during summers.
 
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Cold vegetable soups are recommended for consumption during summers

Jaggery

Jaggery is known to be very effective because of its magnesium content. It not only improves our immunity, but also regulates the body temperature. Jaggery water would be of good help in treating acidity and its symptoms.
 
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Jaggery water would be of good help in treating acidity and its symptoms


Other Foods That You Must Consider Eating In Summers

Sipping lemon water with basil leaves and a pinch of salt added to it, and chewing fresh sugarcane is also a good way to deal with the rising temperature, since these are natural coolants.
 
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Sipping lemon water is a good way to deal with the rising temperature

Excessive consumption of beverages such as tea, coffee, alcohol, soda etc. increases the acidity and reflux problems. Spices like red and green chili, pepper, mint, and chocolates are known to be acid producing agents. Hence, it is better for people who suffer from acidity to avoid the consumption of these items. But, we can definitely consume ginger, garlic, turmeric, cumin seeds (jeera), cinnamon to give flavour to our food. Intake of oily food needs to be limited at all times, not just during summers, since, oily and fatty food leads to delayed stomach emptying, it causes acidity. 

Diet plays a vital role in dealing with acidity and reflux problems that all of us face during the summer season. Being extremely careful and food educated while designing the correct diet would definitely prevent many health hazards. A tip for everyone this summer-Stay cool. Stay summer ready!

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