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Stop Acid Reflux with an Alkaline Diet

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Millions of people in the United States suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease which is better known as acid reflux every day. Those that suffer will either try to treat it themselves or go to their physician and get medication prescribed to help treat their condition. Some of the medications that are prescribed to them contain harsh, unnatural ingredients that can cause very harmful side effects or further medical complications. What many people do not realize is that there are safer and natural ways to treat their acid reflux available to them. Eating an alkaline diet is just one way that many people can successfully treat their acid reflux.

What is an Alkaline Diet?

An alkaline diet is a diet that contains less acidic foods and more alkaline foods. Foods that are more acidic have a tendency to cause heartburn and acid reflux flare-ups. Sometimes a food can be alkaline in its raw state but can turn acidic in its cooked state. Tomatoes are a prime example of a type of food that can be both acidic and alkaline depending on how they are prepared. For example, if you to have fresh tomatoes on your sandwich or in a salad they retain their alkaline proprieties. However, the minute you cook the tomatoes their chemical make up changes and they now contain more acidic properties than alkaline properties.

(1) Alkaline foods can be in the form of raw fruits and vegetables, proteins, spices, seasonings, sweeteners, teas, milk, juices, vinegars, and waters. Examples of raw vegetables include: garlic, asparagus, watercress, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkin, rutabaga, sprouts, alfalfa, and more.(2) Some fruits include: apples, apricots, avocado, banana, cherries, cantaloupe, dates and figs, grapes, grapefruit, limes, melon, nectarines, oranges, lemons, peaches, berries, pineapple, pears, tomatoes, all tropical fruits, and watermelon. (2) Some proteins that are alkaline include: eggs, nuts, sprouted seeds, sunflower seeds, squash seeds, yogurt, chicken breast, cottage cheese, tofu, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, chestnuts, and whey protein powder. (2) Lastly, some spices, sweeteners, seasonings, and other alkaline foods include: apple cider vinegar, fresh organic fruit juice, green juices, bee pollen, organic milk, water, mineral water, herbal tea, green tea, stevia, cinnamon, ginger, curry, mustard, chili pepper, sea salt, and all dried or fresh herbs. (2) Even though you are on an alkaline diet you can still eat some acidic foods. However, you do want to make sure that you are eating many more alkaline foods than acidic foods in order to keep your acid reflux disease under control.

References:

(1) http://bewell-naturally.blogspot.com/2006/07/acidic-foods-can-stop-acid-reflux-and.html

(2) http://www.thewolfeclinic.com/acidalkfoods.html

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