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National Nutrition Week: Know If Dieting Can Trigger Acidity And What You Should Do to Avoid The Risk

Know If Dieting Can Trigger Acidity

On your journey to weight loss, you must have tried several diets to keep your weight in check. But did you know that dieting can trigger acidity? Here's why you should not follow a diet mindlessly.

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : September 4, 2021 1:00 PM IST

Staying in top shape and leading a healthy life can be helpful for all of us. Many people are overweight and obese. To battle the bulge, the majority of people opt for lifestyle modifications such as exercise and dieting. Thus, they end up trying different diets. Well, it is essential to swear by healthy eating habits in order to cut those excess kilos. But many of them face serious consequences due to not following a good eating pattern. Are you one of them who are following any weight loss plan? Then, you need to be careful! Did you know? Not eating properly while dieting can cause discomfort and severe acidity.

Being Overweight Puts You At A Higher Risk Of Problems Likes Acidity

Yes, hyperacidity is a common occurrence and needs to be tackled promptly. Are you aware? When you are on a heavier side than your gut, oesophagal muscles and valves will be under tremendous pressure and would not function properly as required. Hence, you will be advised to get rid of that excess fat. But again, you need to be careful while following a diet. Choose foods that are gut-friendly, and don't lead to gas. Say NO to beans, asparagus, sodas, onions, candy, processed foods, and carbonated drinks. It will also be imperative for you to lower your intake of cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage as they can cause chest burn and heartburn.

Diets You Should Avoid To Reduce The Risk Of Acidity

Yo-yo dieting, also known as "weight cycling," can be termed as the pattern of losing weight, regaining it, and then dieting again. Here, people may also end up overeating and this can lead to acidity, stomach pain, and constipation. Even acidity can happen due to intermittent fasting. Your stomach tends to produce acid in order to digest food. Hence, when you are not eating then you may notice symptoms such as heartburn and acidity. This can further lead to burping and abdominal discomfort. Even overeating can lead to acidity. Before opting for any type of diet, you need to consult your expert. Do not follow anything without the knowledge of your expert as doing so can be risky for you.

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Other Factors That Contribute To Acidity

Other causes of acidity can be not exercising, lying down immediately after eating a heavy meal, snacking just before sleeping, eating a diet high in salt and low in fibre, alcohol consumption, certain medications, smoking, caffeine, carbonated drinks, juices, and sodas, are the factors that cause acidity and steal your peace of mind.

(The article is contributed by Dr Roy Patankar, Director and Gastroenterologist, Zen Multispeciality Hospital)

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