If there’s one drug that holds a definite spot in the medicine cabinets of people world over, it ought to be an antacid. As our palates have diversified, and we have acquired a penchant for culinary art, our digestive systems have suffered a huge blow.
Acid reflux is a common problem, often triggered due to people’s erratic lifestyle and dietary habits. As opposed to common belief, however, acidic foods don’t directly increase the acidity of your stomach, blood or body. It’s the hydrochloric acid (HCl) secreted by your stomach during the process of digestion that makes your system acidic; the foods only make the discomfort slightly more intense.
Foods with a pH below 7 are considered acidic. While some acidic foods like sodas, alcohol, pastries, bagels, etc. are not nutritious, a few can do wonders to keep your overall health in great shape. They are antioxidant powerhouses that help your body fight toxins and keep your defense mechanism ticking.
Here is a list of five acidic foods you must include in your diet:
1. Blueberries – A popular gourmet ingredient, as well as a popular health food, blueberries, offer the best of both worlds on a platter! They contain generous doses of antioxidants like anthocyanins, as well as phenolic compounds that fight oxidative damage by preventing the formation of free radicals. They thus help lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.
Being packed with nutrients like calcium and vitamin K, blueberries also help boost bone health. The polyphenolic compounds contained in blueberries lower oxidative stress and inflammation thereby preventing age-related decline in cognitive and motor function, a study by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reports. The low sodium levels and high potassium and magnesium levels in blueberries also lower blood pressure.
pH – 3.1-3.4
2. Olive Oil – Foods rich in fat may have earned a bad reputation over the past couple of decades among those on a weight-loss spree, but not all fats are bad for health. Olive oil is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats that reduce the risk of heart diseases, stroke and blood pressure. Olive oil helps lower the levels of bad cholesterol and increases the levels of good cholesterol in the body.
Regular consumption of olive oil also has a protective effect against breast cancer, a Public Health Nutrition study reports. Olive oil even works as an excellent remedy to fight dandruff owing to its emolliating properties.