ACIDITY is a state in which the stomach produces acid in excess by the gastric glands of the stomach which normally is essential in the digestive process as that helps in breaking down the food during digestion. Dyspepsia, heartburn and the formation of ulcers are some of the symptoms. It is more common in highly emotional and nervous individuals.
Common Causes of Acidity
- Consumption of Alcohol
- Highly spicy foodstuffs
- Non-vegetarian diets
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID's)
Most acidity problems occur
- After meals
- When lifting weight or straining and applying pressure in the intra-abdominal area.
- At night when lying down.
- Ulcers also occur as a result of over secretion of acid.
Home Remedies for Acidity
After all three meals, take a small piece of jaggery and keep it in your mouth and suck. Voilá no more acidity.
Boil one cup of water. To this add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf). Cover and leave overnight. Strain the water in the morning, add 1 tsp of honey. When this is taken 3 times a day it prevents acidity.
To 1 ½ liters of water add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera). Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Sip while warm. Have the concoction 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days.
Powder one clove and one cardamom; use the powder as a mouth freshener after every meal. No more acidity and no more bad breath.
9 Foods That Fight Acid Reflux
- GingerIn moderation, ginger is one of the best foods for acid reflux. It has been
used throughout history as
an anti-inflammatory and as a treatment for gastrointestinal conditions.
Ginger root can easily be peeled, sliced, diced, or shaved using a grater. You can use it while cooking or add it to smoothies.
- Aloe vera
Aloe vera is famous as a natural healing agent and also seems to treat acid reflux.
It is available as a living plant, but the leaves or liquid form are sometimes sold separately in groceries and health-food stores.
Aloe vera can be used in recipes as a thickener and for congealing liquids.
You could do worse than to eat a salad every day. Salad is a primary meal for acid refluxers, although tomatoes and onions should be avoided, as well as cheese and high-fat dressings.
Dressings that have some acid or fat can be added, but only one tablespoon (or less)—as measured, not guesstimated!
Bananas make a great snack, and at pH 5.6, they’re usually great for people with acid reflux.
However, about 1% of acid refluxers find that their condition is worsened by bananas.
So keep in mind that what works for most people may not work for you.
Melon (pH 6.1) is good for acid reflux. However, as with bananas, a small percentage (1% to 2%) of those with acid reflux need to avoid it.
Also included in the good-for-reflux category are honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon.
Fennel (pH 6.9) is a great food for acid reflux and actually seems to improve stomach function.
This crunchy vegetable has a unique taste—a mild licorice flavor.
Sliced thin (the white bottom part), it makes a healthy salad with arugula and baby spinach. It’s also great in chicken dishes, and makes a fine snack if you love the taste.
- Roots and greens
Cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, and other greens are all great foods for the acid refluxer.
Pretty much all of the green and the root vegetables are recommended for people following this diet.
Celery has almost no calories because of its high water content, and is a good choice if you have acid reflux.
It is also an appetite suppressant and excellent source of roughage.
For thousands of years, parsley has been used as a medicinal herb to settle the stomach and aid digestion.
Flat-leaf and curly parsley are widely available, and they make a great seasoning and garnish.