Acidity has many names. For some it is heartburn, for others hyperacidity. One thing that is common is uneasiness.
When digestion is poor, acidity occurs.
Generally, it does not have any correlation with any other disease.
Although, if it's happening frequently for a period longer than 2 weeks, it may be a pointer towards Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Though allopathy has umpteen treatments, the best treatment for acidity is in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda has the backing of many herbs which not only relieve stomach acid but even prevent its build up ever again.
It is no miracle but the best natural science at your disposal.
How to Identify: Symptoms of Acidity
Chest Pain: The first signs of acidity is when the food passage is blocked with stomach acid. This generally gives a burning, choking or itching sensation. This may worsen when you lie down.
Loss of appetite: It is a general after-effect of acidity. Due to the build up of toxins in the stomach, loss of appetite occurs. When untreated for long, vomiting, nausea or bloating may happen.
Distasteful Mouth: Mouth might have a bland or a bitter taste which may turn your breath odorous. You could develop a white or yellow coloured coating on your tongue too.
Unexpected Weight Loss: Since the body is unable to digest food properly, weight loss may occur.
What Causes Hyperacidity
There is a small opening in between the oesophagus and stomach called the sphincter muscle.
When this muscle weakens, it causes the backflush of stomach acid into the esophageal tract.
The issue with sphincter muscles may be triggered by the food consumed.
The rhythmic action of sphincter muscle can be interrupted by excessively sour/spicy food items e.g. peppermint, tomato ketchup,citrus fruits, fatty items, etc.
Hormonal imbalances in obese people and pregnant women puts them at a higher risk.
In short, if the lifestyle is not healthy, acidity may develop in any individual.
What are the treatments available for Acidity?
Antacids: Tried all lifestyle precautions? Still acidity occurs? Then the second best acidity medication is antacid. These oral pills help as a symptomatic relief to get rid of excess acid molecules that are present in the stomach.
Enzyme Inhibitors: These chemical medicines act slow, soothing the stomach lining. If used regularly, they can kill the main reasons for acidity. In general, their effect lasts for a longer period of time.
Ayurvedic treatment for Acidity: Depending on the individual’s body type, Ayurvedic treatment reduces and prevents acid build up in the stomach.
Hyperacidity is classified as a Pitta Dosha in Ayurveda. Excessive heat in the digestive tract triggers it.
Ayurveda tries to pacify this biological energy by using a combination of cooling agents. This brings the metabolism back to order.
Ayurveda uses natural ways to treat acidity like Yoga, Herbal remedies and dietary regulations.
Prevention is better than Cure: Prevention Tips for Acidity
Herbs: Herbs like Turmeric, Curry leaves, Cumin, Cinnamon, Fennel seeds, and Asafoetida are rich in antioxidants and hence can prevent effects of acidity. Use them in at least one of your meals daily.
Eat warm: It is always advisable to eat freshly prepared food. Try to avoid cold items like ice tea, raw salads with your warm meals.
Hydrate: Sipping warm water during meals helps curb acidity. Ginger tea and coconut water are also useful. Drink them once a day. To regulate acid production rate, it is essential to keep up the electrolyte ratio.
Improve Lifestyle: Meals and bedtime schedule should be consistent. Journaling helps in taking away the anxiety and stress. It is important to remain stress free to avoid gut issues.
Fibrous food: To reverse the side effects of acidity, add dietary fibre in your daily meal plan. Secretion of stomach acid is induced by too much sour or fried foods as they take longer time to digest.
Kitchen Treasures: Home Remedies for Acidity
Chew it away: One of the well known home remedies to treat acidity is chewing Fennel seeds and cloves. Chewing them slowly releases their bioactive compounds that eliminate excess acid molecules and soothe the irritated stomach lining.
Buttermilk: Traditionally it is one of the most recommended drinks to keep acidity away. Blend 3 quarters water to 1 quarter yoghurt. Spice it up with a teaspoon of rock salt, some grated ginger and roasted semi-powdered cumin seeds. Garnish it with coriander leaves and you are set to indulge in the refreshing drink. It stimulates digestion and reduces the intensity of stomach enzymes.
Lemon Tea: Another way to treat acidity is a glass of warm lemon water with some honey. Drink this concoction after your meals and keep acidity at bay. It helps with indigestion also.
Mint-Ginger Tea: Make a cup of tea by reducing 2 cups of water into half. Add some grated ginger and 9-10 mint leaves at the boiling stage itself. Strain and mix some honey and drink once it is lukewarm. There is no limit to the number of times you can drink this beverage.
Coriander decoction: This remedy reduces the intensity of GERD. Boil one teaspoon of coriander seeds in a cup of water for 15 minutes. Filter and Drink it once a day.
How Ayurveda Helps: Ayurvedic Herbs for Acidity
Yashtimadhu: This herb for acidity is one of the most harmless antacids known. It soothes the body - from brain to stomach - and can prevent ulcers, chest congestions etc. that may occur as a result of acidity.
Amla: High in Vitamin C, it cools and neutralizes excess stomach acid. The vital organs are also protected from the high heat generated by acidic food.
Cinnamon: It promotes nutrition absorption by breaking down the food. This keeps the digestive system healthy and eliminates any hidden infection.
Holy Basil: Make a drink or directly chew the fresh leaves, the bioactive compounds induce the production of stomach mucus. This helps in gastric distress. It can also be used in treating ulcers.
Shatavari: Pitta Dosha is effectively pacified by a drink made of 3 grams of Shatavari powder with milk. It eases discomfort by relaxing the mind and body.
Strike Out Indigestion with Yoga
Yoga is an integral part of Ayurvedic treatment for acidity.
Yoga uses organ-centric stretches to stimulate the digestive system thus reducing risks of hyperacidity.
Supta Baddha Konasana: This asana facilitates digestion of food by stretching the torso muscles. All the vital organs of the body, like heart, kidneys and stomach are activated by it.
Supported Supta Sukhasana: It boosts the blood circulation through the lower part of the body. It calms the body down and also regulates the digestive system.
Parsvottanasana: Improves the brain activity by stretching the upper neck region. It also strengthens the spine muscles and improves the metabolic rate.
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