Acidity or acid reflux is a common medical condition that occurs when the excess gastric acid in the stomach flows back to the oesophagus (food pipe). It is usually characterised by burning sensations in the stomach and lower chest area. Other symptoms include constipation, nausea, indigestion, restlessness, a bad taste in the mouth as well as belching.
This unsettling experience has come to be quite common for adults and children alike, majorly due to poor eating habits. It can be curbed with the help of antacids such as ENO and Digene which are easily available at local pharmacies and offer some relief. However, these antacids, if taken often, can lead to deficiencies over time with short-term relief. So here are some simple home remedies to prevent as well as curb acidity.
Drink excess water
Water helps maintain acid levels in the stomach and flush out excess digestive juices which can cause acid reflux. Drink a glass of lukewarm water in the morning and at night before sleep to maintain an adequate water level in the body.
Cold milk is a good remedy for acidity; milk is a calcium-rich antacid that provides instant relief from the burning sensations of acidity. It also helps maintain the right Ph balance which prevents acid build up and excess acid formation in the stomach.
Other than milk, cold buttermilk is another well-known antidote to acidity. It contains lactic acid that can prevent excess acid formation in the stomach. As a natural probiotic, buttermilk also keeps your gastrointestinal tract in good condition.
Coconut water has a high fibre content which helps in preventing acidity and heartburn. It also aids in keeping digestive acids in check.
Aloe vera juice
Aloe vera is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and this makes it an effective home remedy for a case of acidity as well. Drink some aloe vera juice before meals to promote effective digestion and prevent inflammation in the stomach.
Lemon water is another home remedy that can treat acidity. A cup of lemon water before meals can help neutralise the acids in the stomach and also aid proper digestion.
Another established home remedy for acidity is pineapple juice. It contains bromelain that helps in maintaining hydrochloric acid levels and reduces hyperacidity and heartburn sensations.
Mint leaves are popular natural coolants that can help reduce the burning sensation caused by acidity. A few leaves chopped after meals can control acidity as well as indigestion.
Tulsi leaves contain antiulcer properties which help reduce the effect of acidity. They help the stomach form more mucus that curbs acid retention and relieves the burning sensations of acidity. Chew on a couple of tulsi leaves for relief against acidity.
Amla is known for its cooling and calming effect that can naturally curb acidity. Just one teaspoon of amla powder, if consumed regularly, can prevent spells of inflammation and acid refluxes.
Cinnamon is another natural antacid which helps improve digestion. It also aids in preventing infections of the gastrointestinal tract. A cup of cinnamon tea is a good way to boost gastric health.
Fennel seeds are another effective home remedy for acidity. They contain vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre, and anethole which offer relief from stomach spasms. A teaspoon of these seeds can help reduce the symptoms of acid reflux and acidity.
Clove is known to have alkaline and carminative properties that help curb the formation of gas and excess acid in the stomach. A light sprinkle of crushed cardamom and cloves in your daily food can effectively prevent acidity.
Ginger contains properties that can destroy acidity triggering bacteria and calm stomach muscles. It can be consumed raw or in cooking likewise.
Garlic is another rich antioxidant that helps to fight acidity. It kills the pathogenic microorganism that causes gastroenteritis and also aid better digestion.
Bananas contain potassium and high fibre content which helps reduce excess acid production in the stomach. It can also help minimise the effects of Acidity.
Papaya is another fruit that contains rich fibre content. It can help in reducing acidity by detoxifying the stomach of excess acids and improve digestion as well.
Anciently regarded as a natural remedy for heartburn and ulcer, raw almonds can also help cure acidity. They are rich in natural oils and high fibre content that aid better digestion and soothe acid formation in the stomach. Bananas and almonds together can prove to be a perfect antidote to acidity.
If you cannot get a hold of these quick home remedies, try Gas-O-Fast to cure a spell of acidity or acid reflux. It helps calm indigestion and provides instant relief from acidity.
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