10 Foods to Avoid Which May Cause Acidity
The stomach produces hydrochloric acid to aid the digestion of food and kill harmful pathogens. Unusually excessive secretion of this acid results in a condition of acidity. It is manifested in intense heartburn felt below the chest, caused by the acid moving back up into the esophagus.
The leading cause of acidity is unhealthy food habits, and this is especially the case in India where oily and spicy food is consumed often. Here are 10 foods to avoid if you want to escape that uncomfortable burning sensation:
1. Fried Food
Fried food tops the list of foods to be avoided to prevent acidity because of its high-fat content. It also sits in the stomach for longer, causing a feeling of fullness. A â€˜fullâ€™ stomach disrupts the digestive system by producing more acid than normal.
2. Citrus Fruits
Citrus Fruits are loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients such as Vitamin C and lycopene. However, citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and even tomatoes are some of the top triggers for heartburn. These are of a highly acidic nature, making them especially harmful on an empty stomach. Hence, a glass of orange juice for breakfast might be great to keep your weight in check but not your acidity.
Consuming chocolate leads to a surge in serotonin levels in the body. This relaxes the intestinal cells and also the LES, leading to an easy flow of the stomach acid into the esophagus. The cocoa powder in chocolate is also acidic and may cause symptoms of acidity to become even starker. The latter might also be the result of caffeine and theobromine present in chocolate.
Coffee, iced tea or any other beverage that contains caffeine ought to be avoided to prevent an acidity attack. If you are prone to acidity but coffee is your all-time lifesaver, it is advisable to at least cut down on portion sizes. Three to four cups of coffee at regular intervals in a day is alright, but sipping on a latte at your work desk all through the day is a sure-shot trigger for acidity.
Peppermints are great to impress a date with fresh breath but bad for an acidic bout in the throat. Studies have proven peppermint to be very effective for indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and pain in the lower gut. But when it comes to heartburn, the menthol present in peppermint may actually further relax the LES and make your acidity even more unpleasant. Mint-flavored products irritate the throat and worsen the bitter taste caused by acidity.
Consumption of high-fat meats such as beef, lamb, and pork has been identified as another top cause of acidity. It stimulates the relea"
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