Acidity is a common complaint among people who eat rich, spicy food on a daily basis. Cutting down spicy food and leading a healthy lifestyle cuts down the acidity bouts. Let’s see how you can curb this problem with natural remedies.
Symptoms of acidity
The most common symptoms of acidity are –
• Stomach pain
• Burning sensation
• Acid reflux
• Constant hiccupping
Home remedies to decrease acidity
The most common allopathic medication for acidity is antacids. However, antacids are not a long-term cure for acidity. Leading a healthy life is the easiest, long-term way to minimize acidity. Your diet and other daily activities directly affect your gastric system. Following are a few healthy dietary and activity changes that will help you lead an acidity-free life.
Bananas and almonds
A commonly found fruit, bananas are known to positively impact gut health. Because of their high fiber content, they help regulate bowel movement and ease constipation and acidity. Bananas also have a high potassium content which stimulates mucus secretion. Mucus protects the stomach lining from corrosion by gastric acids.
Raw almonds also keep the gut healthy. Rich in natural oils and fiber, they prevent heartburns and ulcers. It is best to have almonds in their raw form without soaking them. In fact, almond milk also helps digestion. Banana and almond milk is a classic combination to fight acidity.
It is common knowledge that milk has calcium reserves that strengthen the bone and teeth. Apart from this, milk also serves as an antacid. The calcium present in milk absorbs unnecessary acid and curbs acid build up in the stomach. Buttermilk is also rich in lactic acid and serves a similar function. It contains probiotics i.e. bacteria that help in digestion. Doctors are known to prescribe probiotics to people who have a weak digestive system. Drinking cold milk or cold buttermilk after a meal aids digestion.
Fennel, basil and mint
These three naturally occurring leaves and seeds help digestion. Fennel seeds are locally called saunf. Apart from refreshing your mouth after a meal, fennel seeds also aid in digestion. Fennel has a soothing component called anethole which decreases the burning sensation of acidity quickly. Fennel also has anti-ulcer properties. Its fiber, vitamins and minerals keep the gut healthy and happy. If you’re pregnant and facing acidity and indigestion, saunf is a natural and safe solution. For quick relief from acidity, dissolve Gas-o-Fast's Active Saunf in water and drink it.
Basil, also known as tulsi, eases acidity and indigestion. It increases mucus secretion to protect the Oesophageal and stomach lining. It decreases symptoms like heartburn and nausea. It also has anti-ulcer properties.
Mint or pudina also helps the digestive process. It is a strong coolant and decreases the burning sensation in the stomach. It also curbs the acid content. Drink water with Gas-o-fast’s active pudina for instant relief from acidity.
Small and timely meals
Eating until you feel your stomach about to burst open is not a good habit. Eating at odd hours and not sticking to an evenly spaced out schedule is bad for your digestion. A meal should fill you up but not be excessive. Rather than eating three big meals a day, eat three average sized meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Have small snacks at mid-morning and evening to keep your stomach healthy. Do follow a fixed schedule for your meals. Make sure to eat food on time. Also important is chewing the food well. If not chewed properly, your gastric system will have to work overtime to digest your food, leading to problems like acidity and indigestion.
Exercise and water
Incorporate exercise into your daily schedule. Exercising every day, for at least half an hour, is beneficial for your overall health. Walking, jogging, swimming, playing a sport or visiting the gym are all good forms of exercise. Some exercise in the morning gets your bowels moving and prevents constipation. Regular exercise keeps your stomach and gut healthy.
Drink 3-4 liters of water per day to ensure the smooth running of bodily functions. Drinking a glass of warm water in the morning when you wake up regulates bowel movements. Make sure to drink this glass on an empty stomach. Also, drink water within 30 minutes after every meal. It helps in digestion and prevents acidity.
Leading a healthy lifestyle is a natural solution for all your gastric troubles. Always keep a positive attitude. A healthy mind goes hand in hand with a healthy body. A balanced diet and regular exercise fight off many diseases.
In case of a bout of acidity after eating a heavy or spicy meal, drink a mixture of water and Gas-o-Fast’s Active powders for instant relief. However, if the problem is recurrent, visit a doctor.
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