Acidity

Acidity refers to the excess secretion of acid by the gastric glands of the stomach. The stomach secrets hydrochloric acid that is responsible for proper functioning of the digestive system. This acid further secretes various digestive enzymes like pepsin that break the food particles for easy digestion. A normal level of acid is required in the stomach for proper digestion of the complex foods.

Causes of Acidity

  • Refined and fibreless food.
  • Stress is the other main cause.
  • Alcohol consumption.
  • Consumption of highly spicy foods.
  • Non-vegetarian diets.
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs.

Home Remedy for Acidity

  1. Consumption of milk and milk products is beneficial during acidity.
  2. Intake of fresh mint juice daily will provide relief from acidity.
  3. Taking a mixture of two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and two teaspoons of honey in a glass of water before meals, will reduce the chances of acidity. Another good home remedy.
  4. Boil cumin seeds in a glass of water and drink it with meals.
  5. Take about 1-½ liters of water and add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera) to it. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Drink it while warm at least 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days.
  6. Drinking water in the early morning controls acidity, as water is a good neutralizer for acid.
  7. Two teaspoonfuls of powder of amla (Indian gooseberry) taken twice a day is also helpful.
  8. Coconut water is good for reducing acidity in the stomach.
  9. Eat watermelon, banana or cucumber every hour.
  10. Eat a few almonds when your feel heartburn symptoms.
  11. Intake of raw garlic is very beneficial.
  12. Take one piece of clove and suck on it slowly.
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