Almost every one of us must have suffered from acidity at some time in our life time. This acidity has become a common problem among children and in adults because of their eating habits. Instead of using medicines for acidity there are many home remedied for treating acidity.
FIRSTLY WE MUST KNOW WHAT IS ACIDITY?
Acidity is a very common condition affecting many people, This condition is characterized by heartburn felt around the lower chest area, which is caused by stomach acid flowing back up into the food pipe.
The food we eat passes down the esophagus into the stomach. The gastric glands in the stomach create acid which is required for digestion and to kill any germs. Acidity occurs when the gastric glands produce a large amount of acid, more than required for digestion process. This acidity is identified by observing burning sensation just above the stomach, or right below the breast bone. This condition is very common in the people who consume oily and spicy foods.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ACIDITY MENTIONED BELOW:
GOOSEBERRIES: The other name for gooseberries is amla. This has powerful anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants such as polyphenols. Amla aids in reducing the toxic load on the stomach and provide relief from stomach pain and other symptoms. The chemical present in them speeds up the digestion process.
Boil amla in water and cut into pieces mix them with salt and dry them in sun. chew this sun dried amla for instant relief when acidity occur Prepare amla juice and drink this just on empty stomach, every day to resolve acidity. Eat 2-3 pieces of fresh amla to get rid of acidity.
ALMONDS: The monounsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids of almonds can protect the heart and the high fiber content can keep you feeling full between meals. Almonds contain Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, and the minerals such as manganese and magnesium. The almonds must be taken raw they must not be soaked in water; the raw almonds have rich content of natural oils and fiber which helps in proper digestion of foods. Besides raw almonds, we can also have almond milk to keep your stomach in good health. Almonds and bananas, when taken together, can be a perfect antidote to acidity.
PINE APPLE JUICE: This is another natural remedy to provide relief from acidity. Drink a glass of pineapple juice if you have had a spicy meal and have any symptoms of acidity. Pine apple juice is a tried and tested remedy to prevent and reduce hyper acidity. They contain bromelain, which is an enzyme that helps to control levels of hydrochloric acid in stomach and works to prevent severe acid reflux. Adding a pinch of salt to this juice may elevate the results.
BANANAS: These are extremely beneficial for gut and stomach health because of their high fiber content which enhances the digestion process They are rich in potassium and increase the production of mucus in the stomach which prevents excess acid formation and also fights harmful effects of excessive acid production.
A ripe banana is a perfect antidote for severe acidity; since it is alkaline in nature it reduces the effect of acids on stomach. Having a banana every day is good for the people suffering from acidity.
COLD MILK: Milk can help to stabilize gastric acids in stomach. This is rich in calcium, which prevents the buildup of acid in the stomach. The calcium is one of the main ingredients in antacids. It helps to maintain the PH balance and aids in proper digestion. This is the reason cold milk can provide instant relief from burning sensation. Cold milk is more effective when compared with hot milk and not to add any additives like sugar, or chocolate powder in milk.
FENNEL SEEDS: This fennel seeds contain a compound called anethole which works as a soothing agent for the stomach and prevents spasm and flatulence. It is also loaded with vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber that aids the process of good digestion. It helps in relieving constipation.This fennel seeds are very handy for tackling indigestion and acidity in pregnant women.
This fennel seeds are beneficial for breast feeding mothers as it is known to increase breast milk in nursing women. Chew a few fennel seeds to reduce the symptoms of acidity and soak them in water and chew on the fennel seeds to get immediate relief.
BASIL LEAVES: Basil leaves or tulasi stimulate our stomach to produce more mucus which in turn helps to relief heart burn and nausea that often occurs with acidity. Chew 2-3 basil leaves to reduce acid in stomach. These when consumed soothes the inflamed esophagus and stomach lining caused by excessive stomach acid production.
Basil leaves juice and powder are also often used in ayurvedic medicine. These have carminative properties which give instant relief from acidity. Boil 3-4 basil leaves in a cup of water and let it simmer for few minutes.sip on it frequently.
CLOVES: Cloves help to soothe inflamed and damaged stomach lining thus proving very beneficial for stomach spasms. Cloves have a prominent place in traditional Chinese medicine and ayurveda to treat digestive disorders. These are carminative in nature in nature, thus preventing the formation of gas in the gastro intestinal tract. We can even take crushed cloves and cardamom in equal amounts to treat acidity.
GINGER: Gingerols is the main ingredient found in ginger that gives its healing properties for cough, cold or various digestive and intestinal disorders. Ginger helps in elevating acidity. Ginger has property to destroy the acidiy triggering pylori bacteria, decreases inflammation, minimizes nausea and calms stomach muscles. Fresh ginger also helps in treatment of nausea .Ginger can be consumed raw , in tea or in cooking.
When suffering from severe acidity combine 1 table spoon of ginger and lemon juice with 2 tablespoon of honey in warm water. This will help to reduce the symptoms of acidity to keep metabolism strong and relieve weakness and pain associated with acidity.
Till now we have seen some accessible kitchen ingredients to beat the acidity. They are some easy tasks to fight acidity.
SLEEP ON YOUR LEFT SIDE: This position prevents acid reflux as it does not allow stomach acids to enter the esophagus.
· CHEW OUR FOOD PROPERLY: Our stomach has to work hard to break the food down when we don’t chew properly. This not only makes the process of absorption of nutrient difficult but also hinders the entire digestive process thus causing indigestion.
· EXERCISE AT LEAST 1/2 HR A DAY: Lack of exercise lead to excessive deposition of fats especially in abdominal area. Excess abdominal fat pushes stomach acids up into the esophagus which can lead to heart burn.
· DRINK MORE WATER: Water help us to neutralize the acid and throw out excess digestive juices present in stomach. If suffering from frequent acidity take glass of lukewarm water in morning and night before going to sleep.
· EAT SMALLER PORTIONS AT REGULAR INTERVALS
· QUIT SMOKING: Nicotine present in cigarettes weakens the valve which prevents stomach acids from flowing into esophagus and gastrointestinal tract which cause reflux and heart burn.
· SPEND SOME TIME IN SUN: Sun rays produce vitamin. D which balance production of 200 antimicrobial body chemical help treat acid reflux.
M. Keerthi kumari