Effective Home Remedies to beat Acidity

Acidity is nothing but a feeling of burning sensation in the chest.

Effective Home Remedies to beat Acidity

Effective Home Remedies to beat Acidity 

Acidity is nothing but a feeling of burning sensation in the chest. Acidity is caused due to excessive acid in the stomach leading to an imbalance. The food we eat goes into our stomach through the esophagus. The gastric glands in your stomach create acid, which is necessary to digest the food. When the gastric glands create more acid than in the digestion process you can feel a burning sensation below the breastbone. This condition is commonly known as acidity. The symptoms are extreme pain in the stomach, burning, bloating, hiccupping, flatulence, and acid reflux are the common symptoms. While our immediate and natural response is to reach for that antacid when suffering from acidity, it will not give you long-term relief.

Some of the common causes of acidity include eating spicy food regularly, irregular eating habits including skipping meals and late-night meals, excessive stress, drinking alcohol regularly, and lack of exercise.

When acidity symptoms occur more than twice a week, your doctor may diagnose you with Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Chronic acidity may lead to serious risks that include:

  • Esophagus damage: Esophagus is the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach and when acid moves back up and enters the esophagus, it sets the stage for esophageal ulcers, oesophagitis, esophageal strictures, and Barrett’s Oesophagus.
  • Esophagus cancer: There is an increased risk of esophagus cancer, which is more likely if you have a history of the condition in the family.
  • Cavities/tooth decay: Acid reflux can wear down the enamel of your teeth and lead to cavities.

With the simple home remedies available in our kitchens by which you can get relief from acidity. But it is important to know when to take which home remedy. Most of us prefer home remedies over medications. Some of the home remedies for acidity are:

  • Coconut water:  This tasty treat is known to soothe your stomach and the digestive system. You must take at least two glasses a day.
  • Watermelon juice: It is great to help acidity. You can take a glass of watermelon juice with breakfast.
  • Fresh lime juice that is taken at least an hour before lunch helps to reduce the uneasiness caused by acidity.
  • A glass of buttermilk after a spicy meal helps in reducing the uneasiness as buttermilk contains lactic acid that normalizes the acidity in the stomach.
  • You can either chew a few basil leaves or boil them in water and drink it frequently to reduce acid reflux. You can also do this with mint leaves.
  • Drink a glass of lukewarm water after every meal
  • Include banana, cucumber, and yogurt in your diet. They are known to give instant relief from acidity.
  • Sucking a piece of clove when you have acidity helps to reduce the acidity.
  • Ginger aids in digestion. Use ginger in your cooking or boil it in a glass of water, reduce it to half glass and consume the water.
  • Cumin is a great remedy for acidity. Munch on some cumin or boil a teaspoon of cumin in a glass of water. Boil until the water is reduced to half. Drink it on an empty stomach.
  • Try chewing gum! As unbelievable as it may sound, chewing gum generates saliva that helps to move the food through the esophagus.
  • Take a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with a glass of water every morning on an empty stomach.
  • Drink at least two liters of water every day.

Here are some lifestyle changes to avoid acidity

  • Eat small and frequent meals
  • Avoid excessive protein
  • Eat 2-3 non-vegetarian meals only every week and not more
  • Don’t avoid grains in your meals
  • Walk 100 steps after meals
  • Sit in Vajrasana
  • Think positive, happy thoughts