Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Lois
Posted on: October 15, 2004

I have a lot of acid in my system. I cannot drink orange juice. Could you suggest something to assist in getting rid of acid?

An excess of acidic foods can cause an unhealthy acidic bloodstream, and can bring on heartburn and acid reflux. Acidic foods include coffee, meats, fish, dairy, grains, nuts, chocolate and sugar. Make sure that your diet is balanced with alkaline foods: vegetables and fruits except prunes, cranberries and plums. Keep your diet high in raw fruit and vegetables. Oranges contain a large protein that is difficult to digest. Since orange juice is causing you a problem, it is best for you to avoid oranges and juices. All juices are very high in sugar.

Consult with your medical practitioner to rule out stomach ulcer, which causes heartburn and acidity. Eliminate or reduce alcohol. Smoking disturbs the digestive process.

Chamomile tea, sipped slowly throughout the day, helps to decrease acidity and soothe the digestive system. Slippery elm bark powder soothes the entire intestinal tract, and protects it from acid. The herb meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) is antacid. Meadowsweet can be taken as a tea or a tincture.

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