We don’t typically think about the acidic content of our diet, but it can be an important factor that determines our overall health. Regularly consuming highly acidic foods can exacerbate certain diseases, such as chronic gastritis and acid reflux. Medical research also indicates that low acidic diets or reducing the acid intake can balance out the sodium and potassium levels in the body, which is important to for healthy bone and muscle maintenance. Low acidic diets may also help prevent chronic diseases like strokes and high blood pressure. There are many more benefits of a low-acid diet. Here are several tips that will help you avoid consuming highly acidic foods:
Drink Low pH Water
Water we regularly drink is a neutral substance with a pH level of 7. Drinks under the neutral pH levels are acidic while high pH levels over 7 are known as bases. If you want to reduce your daily acid intake, consider switching to alkaline water over regular tap water. This method of hydration typically have a pH level between 8 and 9, so it’s perfectly safe to drink as part of a low-acid diet.
Avoid Carbonated Drinks
If you want to hydrate, drink water as described above. Avoid drinking sodas, carbonated drinks, and otherwise sparkling beverages. These are highly acidic, not to mention packed with sugar. Your body can do well overall if you avoid carbonated drinks.
Take Alkaline Forming Foods
Add a lemon or lime to your food or the occasional glass of water to reduce acid in the body. You read that right: citrus foods. While citrus is an acid, when consumed, the digested oranges and limes promotion formation of alkalines in your body. It, in fact, neutralises acids. So you can benefit two-fold by eating more citrus foods—you will get your daily required dose of vitamin C and be on a low-acid diet.
Control the Intake of Condiments
If you love ketchup and salad dressing, it’s time to cut back on these. Dressings and condiments that come with most meals are known to be highly acidic and promote acid increases in your stomach. This is not to say that you should avoid the condiments or dressings altogether. Rather, take these on the side. That will help you control portions so you don’t end up overloading on acid. If possible, take low-acid condiments like virgin oil with lemon slices. You can try making your own low-acid condiments using alka-freindly recipes.
Eat More Vegetables
Supplements meats with more green food. Meats are highly acidic because it requires a lot of stomach acid to digest. Therefore, control your meat portions and instead eat a lot of veggies and greens. Most greens are filled with water so they are practically a neutral food. Some veggies promote formation of alkaline bases in the body. Plus, you will get much needed daily intakes of vitamins in the process.
Also, control your salt intake. Too much salt poses many problems, and one of these problems is excess amounts of acid. There are several steps you need to avoid overdosing on salt. First, stop eating so many processed foods, which are just packed to the hilt in salt. Salt is a preservative, so you will find it in abundance in canned and frozen food. You should also cut back on how much salt you add to dishes. Control your salt intake to remain within the bounds of recommended daily intake amounts.