Acidity in the stomach may contribute to several health issues, including ulcers, heartburn, acid reflux, erosion of the stomach lining and indigestion or nausea. Changes to the diet may improve symptoms of stomach acidity and can reduce the level of acid present in the system. Alcohol and foods that are high in salt, fat or spice should be avoided. The consumption of particular fruits can help alleviate symptoms and heal acidity. Consult a physician with any questions.
A combination of bananas and milk have proven antacid properties that reduce acid secretion in the stomach, advises website WH Foods.org. Bananas contain protease inhibitors, which help remove bacteria from the stomach and reduce acid. In addition, consumption of bananas may increase mucus in the stomach, creating a more protective barrier to the stomach lining.
The juice in mangoes can reduce or neutralize acid in the body, soothing irritation. In addition, the antioxidant properties of mangoes may act as an anti-inflammatory agent for the stomach lining. The thickness of mango juice and pulp help coat the stomach and create a protective barrier that diminishes acidity.
Watermelon contains high levels of the amino acid citrulline, used by the body to make the amino acid arginine, which can reduce the amount of ammonia in the body. Ammonia can contribute to overall acidity levels in the stomach, causing stomach irritation and heartburn. Watermelon also has high water content.
Figs and Dates
Figs and dates are both fruits that create mucus in the body, which can add a soothing layer of protection to the stomach and reduce acidity in the system. They are also high in potassium, which acts as a natural acid reducer.
References and ResourcesMayo Clinic: Heartburn
WH Foods.org: Bananas
Stats Sheet: Does Mango Help Acid Reflux at All?
United States Department of Agriculture: Watermelon
Journey of Health: Figs