Acid reflux is the condition where food and stomach acids regurgitate back into the esophagus, causing burning pain in the lower chest accompanied by a host of other symptoms such as bloating, belching, sore throats, snoring, difficulty breathing and ulcers.
The early stages of digestion occur with the release of hydrochloric acid in the stomach to break down foods. Later during the digestive process, bicarbonate is released by the pancreas to help neutralize those acids. In some instances, this process doesn’t happen, contributing to painful reflux or GERD symptoms. Eating certain alkaline-forming foods can help reduce over-acidity and calm the stomach, relieving pain and other unwanted symptoms. In addition, foods that contribute to an alkaline-forming state in the system help prevent acidosis, a serious bodily condition that sets the stage for all disease.
Foods with high levels of potassium may help prevent or resolve acid reflux. The list is considerable and many are foods you may already include in a daily dietary plan. Lemons are excellent sources of potassium.
Lemon juice works to neutralize stomach acids and reduce heartburn and acid reflux. Squeeze the juice of one half lemon into eight ounces of filtered water and drink it at once. It’s even more effective if the water is warm, but avoid warming it in a microwave oven.
Although not considered a food in its own right, baking soda is one of the primary ingredients that can help relieve the burning pains of acid reflux – fast. Baking soda is extremely alkaline and can not only neutralize stomach acids quickly, but will alkalize the entire system, reducing acidosis systemically. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in an 8-ounce glass of water and drink immediately. Because it is high in salt, baking soda can raise your blood pressure. If you take medicines for hypertension, speak to your health care professional before using baking soda for acid reflux.
The majority of raw vegetables and fruits are alkaline and easy to digest. Cooking these foods lowers their alkalinity, making them somewhat more acidic. Raw fruits and vegetables contain lots of enzymes to assist digestion. Choose the freshest, blemish-free items.
Sources for this article include:
- The Acid Alkaline Balance; Felicia Drury Kliment; 2002
- Drugs.com: Baking Soda – http://www.drugs.com/cons/pure-baking-soda.html
- The pH Miracle; Dr. Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young; 2003
- Drugs.com: Potassium Content of Foods
- Alkalize or Die; Dr. Theodore A. Baroody; 1991
- Mayo Clinic: Heartburn – http://www.mayoclinic.com
- Life Extension.org: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease – http://www.lef.org
Health-e-Solutions comment: Dr Young’s pHour salts are an excellent supplement to help keep your system more alkaline. For the diabetic-alkaline lifestyle, there are really only 5 main fruits that are acceptable: lemons, limes, grapefruits (with caution), tomatoes and avocados. All others are generally too high in glycemic content for consumption without a significant rise in blood sugars.
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