Acidity or acid reflux is a very common occurrence for us Indians. But the consequences of the same are very bothersome to most of us. Something that you may not be well aware of is that acidity can worsen during the winter months of the year. We tend to be less active during the winters and prefer to stay indoors. This slows down the digestion process in our body, leading to acidity. One more reason for worsened acidity can be consumption of oily and spicy foods during the cold winter months.
How Does Acidity Occur?
When we eat food, it goes down the esophagus (food pipe). The lower esophagus and the stomach glands produce acid, which is required for breaking down the food and converting it into energy for the body (digestion process). When the acid is produced in excess quantity, then acidity happens. This excess production of acid causes a burning sensation near the upper belly and the lower chest. A feeling of fullness can also be there along with a foul taste in the mouth, nausea and bloating.
Prevention from Acidity
It is always better to take preventive measures to avoid the occurrence of acidity. Acidity can be prevented by taking simple measures like
• Regular exercise (mild exercise will do)
• Avoiding consumption of cold food
• Less consumption of alcohol and fatty foods
• Raising the back area while sleeping by putting a pillow under your back
• Avoid smoking
• Keep a gap of around two hours between dinner and sleep
• Drink plenty of water
Foods to Fight Acidity
Taking preventive measures may be the most appropriate thing to do to avoid acidity. However, it is very natural to indulge in the festive mood and eat beyond limits. In case acidity does happen to you, you can eat the following foods to reduce its effects.
1. Cardamom (Elaichi)
Cardamom can be added to hot water or tea by removing its skin and crushing it into boiling water. This provides quick relief from acidity
2. Ginger (Adrak)
Ginger has many benefits and one of them is its ability to fight with acidity. You can add ginger to your tea, or consume a raw piece of ginger with a little jaggery to fight acidity
3. Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
Cumin Seeds can be consumed raw or mixed with a glass of water. Cumin seeds can both heal and prevent the effects of acidity
Banana is a fruit which can fight almost all tummy related problems. Eating a banana can reduce the ill effects of acidity and can also prevent the recurrence
Buttermilk or Chaach, made of curd is a natural coolant for the stomach. It can reduce the effects of the excess acid in the stomach giving a comforting relief
6. Egg Whites
The white portion of an egg can be effective in a fight against acidity, although one must keep away from the egg yolk which contains fat and cholesterol
7. Cinnamon (Dal-Chini)
Cinnamon is a common Indian spice which can also fight the effects of acidity and bring relief to your stomach. Consume cinnamon raw or mix it with water
8. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the traditional and most effective ways to fight with acidity. It neutralizes the effects of the acid present in the stomach with its basic nature. Apple Cider Vinegar can be consumed with honey and water
9. Basil (Tulsi)
Basil leaves are known to soothe the stomach from the ongoing acid infiltration. Basil leaves can be consumed raw or with tea as well as warm water
Many families have a habit of finishing their meals with jaggery. This age-old tradition underlies the scientific fact that jaggery contains magnesium, which strengthens the intestines. Strong intestines prevent and fight the occurrence of acidity
11. Coconut Water
Coconut can help you in a lot of ways. Its fiber rich nature boosts the digestive process by turning the body’s pH level more alkaline. This neutralizes the effects of the excess acid. It also produces mucous which protects the stomach lining from the burning effects of the acid.
12. Cold Milk
Cold milk can work wonders for people suffering from gastric problems. Milk is rich in calcium, which restricts excessive acid production in the body
Don’t let gastric problems and acidity ruin your festive mood this holiday season. Take measures beforehand and consume the foods mentioned above to reduce the effects of acidity. In case these don’t work well with you, have Gas-O-Fast for instant relief from acidity.
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