High acidity and heartburn are annoying and painful health problems for the sufferer, and it’s usually not enough to simply improve your diet to fight them.
In today’s article we’ll explain how you can avoid heartburn using a simple recipe based on cabbage that you can use as a side dish to accompany your meals.
Why do people suffer from heartburn?
Your stomach has a natural acidity due to the hydrochloric acid that helps you digest your food properly. Because of a variety of factors, however, you may secrete too much acid and adversely affect your digestive tract. In some cases, a hiatal hernia may allow those acids to move up into the esophagus and cause inflammation.
What factors increase heartburn?
- Poor diet or poor absorption of food.
- High consumption of acidic foods: white sugar, refined flour, fried foods, red meat, sausage, milk, sugary drinks, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
- Eating too fast, too much, or not chewing properly.
- A weakening of the digestive system and a lack of digestive enzymes.
- Abuse of antacids or other drugs that cause higher levels of acidity.
- Bad habits like overuse of tobacco and alcohol products.
- Stress and other negative emotions.
- Leading a sedentary lifestyle.
- Living in an urban or contaminated environment.
Foods that fight heartburn
More than just a natural way to fight heartburn, we recommend you increase your consumption of foods that fight acidity because they’re a healthy alternative to commercial antacid products.
If you eat them on a daily basis you’ll gradually return the pH of your stomach to normal without any abrupt changes, while continuing to produce the level of acidity it needs to promote good digestion. Some of the foods we want to highlight today include:
Nevertheless, the most beneficial food you can eat is cabbage, and there are some simple recipes you can prepare to balance your pH.
Cabbage is both inexpensive to acquire and very beneficial to your health. Some cultures hardly use it and in others, it’s found in nearly every recipe thanks to its versatility.
Cabbage makes an excellent antacid because it regulates the functions of your stomach, liver, and intestines while neutralizing acidity and preventing heartburn as it protects your gastrointestinal mucosa.
If you consume cabbage on a regular basis you’re also helping to cleanse your body, improve your immune defenses, and alleviate pain related to rheumatism.
What do you need?
To make two servings a day of this medicinal side dish you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 300 to 400 grams of cabbage
- 2 tablespoons (50 grams) of extra virgin olive oil
- The juice from half a lemon
- A pinch of black pepper, to taste
- A pinch of cumin, to taste
- Half a teaspoon (5 grams) of sea salt or Himalayan salt
How do you make it?
It’s best to prepare this recipe in the morning so it can sit for a few hours before you consume it.
- Slice the cabbage very thinly or process it into strips using a food processor. Make sure it’s not liquefied, however.
- Store it in a glass container.
- Add the oil, lemon juice, salt, and spices.
- Cover the container and let it marinate for at least two hours at room temperature.
How should you consume it?
- Divide the recipe into two servings and eat one with lunch and the other with dinner.
- Chew this side dish well, because if you don’t it can cause gas. To help further avoid that, we added cumin.
- This medicinal dish can be a regular on your menu and shouldn’t be used to replace the proportion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that you also need.
- If one of your accompanying dishes is already a salad, add cabbage to it to make it more filling.
- A lot of people don’t like cabbage because they’ve only had it cooked, but the taste when it’s raw is completely different and tends to be enjoyed by everyone.
- In just a few days you’ll notice the difference. Your acid levels will be reduced, as long as you follow these guidelines and avoid the foods that can trigger heartburn.