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5 Tips To Prevent Acidity Problems This Summer.

Acidity problems are more common during the summer season. While some people’s diet takes a toll during the summers, most of the people suffer from dehydration or diarrhea which makes it difficult to deal with acidity problems. In summer, we are already aware of the impact of oily and spicy food that leads to indigestion and an upset stomach. Apart from the basic know-hows, here are 5 tips to prevent acidity problems this summer:-

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Eat Less

The simple mantra to be followed in summer is “Eat Less”. During summers, the digestive system becomes sensitive, it is best advised to reduce your calorie intake. Eating too much at one time can hamper your digestive system, instead, eat small meals at shorter intervals. This in the result, won’t affect your digestive system and won’t give that hunger feeling very soon. Meals should consist of green vegetables and fruits which are healthy and are digested easily. The add-on of having these foods is that they keep you dehydrated as well.

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Drink More Water

The only good thing about the summer season is that your body says a big “NO” too spicy and junk food due to prevailing weather conditions. One should drink more water throughout the day, to keep the body hydrated. As with the scorching temperatures, an average person should drink four – five liters of water on a regular basis.

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Avoid tangy food

“Keep your stomach happy and you will be happy”. Read it? Now just follow this simple rule to prevent any acidity problems. Tangy foods will result in stomach inflammation which is caused due to a weak spleen.(Spleen is an abdominal organ involved in the removal and production of red blood cells, forming the part of the immune system). Foods such as beans, carrots and lotus roots should be eaten more to eliminate pathogens from the body, to strengthen the spleen and stomach.

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Juicy foods

These foods are your life saviors. Include tomatoes, apples, pears, watermelon, cucumber, sweet potatoes, white gourd in your diet will keep your body healthy and will strengthen the immune system as well.

Use herbs

Since the ancient times, India has known it for herbs.  Coriander, fenugreek, fennel seeds, cardamom, cilantro, cumin, ginger, and parsley are the some of the known herbs to avoid those heartburns and burps.

You Are What You Eat

acidity-500x500It is rightly said that you are what you eat. In fact, we would go a step further to say that you are what your digestive system can absorb.

Your digestive tract – that mysterious 30-foot tube – holds the key to your health and needs to be in good condition to deliver nutrients to their digestion and absorption points. Your digestive health has a direct link to your body’s health.

The human stomach is filled with a naturally produced acidic liquid that activates digestive enzymes that will break down a wide variety of consumed foods. Excess stomach acid can cause severe problems and painful symptoms. Heartburn is one such example. This is a burning sensation near the heart which can be aggravated by spicy food and cause severe damage to the sensitive tissue of the esophagus and throat.

So, instead of just feeding our taste buds we should be thinking about how it affects our digestive health. Here are some important steps to good digestion:

Choose high quality, fresh organic food  Incorporate a healthy mix of raw and cooked foods in your diet. Follow the 80/20 rule – 80% of your plate should be full of healthy vegetables.

Chew thoroughly Digestion of carbohydrates (starches, sugars) starts in your mouth with saliva and enzymes. The enzymes not only help break down your food, they also attack bacteria. Most people don’t chew thoroughly, which makes digestion of food much harder when it reaches the stomach. Chewing is stage one of proper digestion.

Understand the importance of stomach acid (Hydrochloric Acid – HCL)  Stage two of good digestion happens in the stomach. It is the stomach’s job to temporarily hold food and begin to break it down. Stomach acid is important for in this stage of digestion, while it does not actually digest the food, it triggers the enzymes that break down protein. Stomach acid also destroys pathogenic bacteria and parasites.

AcidityAvoid eating disorders  Extreme dieting, eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia can cause extensive damage to the digestive system. When the body does not receive enough food or is forced to regurgitate ingested food, stomach acid can increase substantially. These are the conditions that can result in longterm harm. It is important to follow a dietary and nutritional programme supervised by a doctor.

Pay attention to digestive enzymes  Your food moves from your stomach to your small intestine, where 90% of nutrients are absorbed. Your pancreas produces digestive enzymes so that you can digest carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It is important to understand these processes so you can make the right choice of food.

Hydrate  Sufficient amounts of water can help regulate the acidity of the stomach. Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day.

Instead of just living to eat, we should eat to live – a sensible diet will help make the digestive system work as it needs to and improve our quality of life.