Stomach acidity is a common complaint in every family. Recent statistics says that 70 percent of the population is suffering from the problem of acidity in stomach in India. But how many of us take this problem seriously?
Acidity is a serious problem which has become a habit in every household. If I ask you, in a month how many times do you end up taking an antacid syrup, an antacid tablet or any kind of soda to get relief from acidity or acid indigestion symptoms?
I am sure your answer must be not less than twice or thrice. Let us first check what acidity is all about?
What Is Acidity And What Are Acidity Symptoms?
Acidity is a condition when excess amount of acid is formed in your stomach due to unhealthy dietary habits. Acid formation takes place in your stomach when there is breakdown of the food. So, when acid is produced in excess amount, it leads to acidity.
- Chest pain
- Stomach ache
Now you know, what acidity is and what the stomach acid symptoms are. Let us also have a look what is that which causes acidity.
Causes Of Acidity
- More than 2 cups of tea/coffee
- Keeping long hour of gap between meals
- Consumption of oily and fried meals
- Consumption of non-veg food more frequently
- Consumption of biscuits
- Consumption of bakery products
- Eating late night
- Skipping breakfast
- Skipping meals
- Fasting and Feasting
Have you gone through the causes thoroughly? Now sit back and think about which of the above factors are responsible for your acidity problem. I am very much sure one of the above causes is included in your habits.
This is nothing but negligence of your own health. The biggest reason to this cause is lack of awareness and lack of time. You think that taking antacid is the ultimate solution, but no friend you are mistaken. The solution is in your own house lying in your own kitchen shelf.
Here are 5 effective acidity home remedies.
Home Remedies For Acidity
Bananas are usually avoid by many because everybody believes that bananas add excess weight. However, let me tell you that banana has a lot of benefits too.
It is high in potassium which is very good to maintain the pH level of your stomach. In general, pH of the stomach is acidic and pH of banana is alkaline. This in turn helps to lower your acidity.
Are you aware that your stomach lining produce mucous which protects the inner lining of stomach. But, because of acidity there is a damage which is caused in this inner lining. Banana has certain components due to which this damage can be reduced.
When I was young I used to only eat a banana whose peel was yellow without any black spots; as I used to think black spots mean banana has become rotten. Was I doing Right?
I am sure you also must be doing similar to what I used to do. But my friend, it is absolutely the wrong thing to do. In fact you must make sure, your banana contains black spots; over ripe banana contains high amount of potassium and it works wonders for acid reflux home remedies.
Also, banana is high in fiber which makes your digestion smooth.
So, eat one banana early in the morning to prevent your acidity problem.
Since childhood I have been hearing, that if you have acidity, drink cold milk. But why and in which manner was a big question to me. I am sure you also might have heard about this remedy, let us understand why cold milk.
Milk is rich is calcium that I am sure you might be well aware of. When there is excess acid production in the stomach, acid build up takes place. Calcium in the milk helps in preventing the acid build up and thus enters the stomach.
After entering the stomach, it absorbs the excess acid that is produced, which in turn helps in reducing the pain.
Hence, drink a glass of cold milk before having your meals to prevent acidity.
Tulsi is considered to be the religious Indian plant. It is known to cure several health problems, one of it being acidity. Come with me to understand in deep what miracle can tulsi for acidity do.
Tulsi has some unique compounds which help in digestion. Tulsi for acidity helps the stomach lining to produce more amount of mucous so that the inner lining of the stomach is not damaged by excess acid production and is one of the best acid reflux cures.
Tulsi also has anti-ulcer properties and also helps is reducing excess gas formation.
Eat 5-6 tulsi leaves daily in the morning to cure your acidity.
Saunf is known as fennel in English. It is a common mouth freshener after meals. Saunf for acidity has many secretive benefits such as:
- It helps in digestion
- It is high in fiber and helps in constipation
- It is rich in volatile acids like flavonoids, palmitic acid and many others
- It has many anti-ulcer properties
- It acts as a coolant for the stomach lining and therefore heals the stomach faster
So now you understood why waiters offer you sauf in the restaurant after you finish your meal. Saunf has to be consumed as saunf for acidity too.
Take 1 tsp of saunf; boil it and soak it overnight. Drink this water daily and here is your one of the most effective home remedies for acidity.
Do you like pani puri? I am sure the answer must be yes. You must be thinking why suddenly I am talking about pani puri. As, my dear friend pani of this pani puri is made our of mint leaves without which it is incomplete. So come with me to find some amazing facts about mint leaves.
Mint leaves are also known as pudina leaves. Mint leaves help to decrease the acid content in your stomach. Mint leaves have a cooling and soothing effect that helps in reducing the pain and burning sensation, which occur during acid reflux.
Hence Mint leaves is the ultimate and soothing treatment for acid reflux.
You need to chop the mint leaves and boil it in water, drink the water after it cools down.
After reading the above solutions or acidity home remedies, you must be like “Am I suppose follow all the above to get relief from acidity?’’
Well, let me make it clear to you.
No, you need not follow all the above mentioned home remedies for acidity or acid in the stomach. You can follow either of them for a long period to say goodbye permanently to your acidity.
Note: You should take time for yourself and eat every 2 hours. Never skip your meals which will help you to completely overcome the problem and lead a healthy life without any need of antacid.
Side Effects Of Taking Antacid Syrups And Antacid Tablets
- Chances of developing thyroid problems
- Having effect on kidneys
- Severe acidity problem can occur
- Digestive system becomes weak
- Addiction of taking tablets
- Overall degradation of health
So my friend now you understood why no to antacid, next time if you feel heavy try some home remedy which will cure you and ditch that bottle of your antacid syrup and antacid tablet, after all this home remedies are there since centuries.
Note: If you think, these home remedies are getting difficult for you to follow, then supplements like Pre and Probiotics, Garlic oil capsules are the ultimate one stop solution to your acidity.