Are Cucumbers Bad for Acid Reflux? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Cucumber is good for acid reflux. Because it has water, fiber, vitamin K, calcium, potassium, and magnesium and they can hydrate, soothe, and alkalize your esophagus.

Acid reflux is a condition that affects your esophagus, the tube that connects your mouth and stomach.

In acid reflux, your body produces too much stomach acid or the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a muscle that prevents the acid from flowing back into the esophagus, does not work properly.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and esophageal damage.

One of the key factors in managing acid reflux is diet.

What you consume can affect your esophageal pH, which can impact your acid reflux symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage acid reflux, you should consume alkaline-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds and avoid acidic-rich foods like citrus, tomatoes, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, spicy or fatty foods, alcohol, and coffee.

Now, cucumber is a creeping plant of the gourd family that bears cylindrical to spherical fruits, which are used as culinary vegetables.

People usually eat cucumbers raw, cooked, or pickled.

Cucumber is good for acid reflux because it contains water, fiber, vitamin K, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

These nutrients can help hydrate, soothe, and alkalize your esophagus, as well as support your bone health and blood pressure.

A 142-gram cup of chopped, unpeeled, raw cucumber can give you 10.2 micrograms of vitamin K (11% of your daily needs), 19.9 milligrams of calcium (2%), 193 milligrams of potassium (4%), and 17 milligrams of magnesium (4%).

Water can dilute the stomach acid and wash away any food particles that may trigger acid reflux.

Fiber can promote digestion and prevent constipation, which can also worsen acid reflux.

Vitamin K can help with blood clotting and bone health.

Calcium can strengthen your bones and teeth and regulate your muscle contractions.

Potassium can balance your electrolytes and lower your blood pressure.

Magnesium can relax your muscles and nerves and regulate your heart rhythm.

Furthermore, cucumber is a low-acid food and low-acid foods are good for acid reflux.

Because, they can neutralize the excess acid in your stomach and esophagus and prevent the acid from damaging your tissues.

You can eat one to two cups of cucumber per day safely.

More than that can cause bloating, gas, or diarrhea.

Also, you shouldn’t eat cucumber if you have an allergy to it or to other members of the gourd family, such as melons or squashes, to prevent anaphylaxis.

Because, these foods share some common proteins that can trigger an allergic reaction.

You can buy fresh cucumbers in your local market or can order them from online.

Always choose firm, dark green, and smooth-skinned cucumbers.

Because, they are more likely to be fresh, ripe, and juicy.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing acid reflux effectively.

I always recommend my acid reflux patients to follow an acid reflux-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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