Our present lifestyle, diet, and environment produce far more acid in the body than is healthy. Lack of exercise, fast food spicy food, irregular eating habits, stress, or frequent alcoholic drink leads to acidity problems.
When a log is burned it leaves behind some ashes. When any food is digested metabolized it also leaves some residue in the cells of the body. This can be acidic or alkaline.
The stomach produces an excess of digestive acids which results in nausea, stomach ache, bad breath. It is a common problem that affects people of all ages including children.
Mental and physical exhaustion by mid-afternoon. Sleep pattern gets disturbed and relaxing sleep is reduced
Friendly bacteria in the intestine dies and the immune system gets impaired. Cold infections, headaches, and flu are common.
Vitamins and minerals from the food are not absorbed properly
Digestion is impaired and flatulence and bloating are very frequent.
A change in our lifestyle and diet can help us ward off acidity. Remedies can be obtained straight from the kitchen. Resort to some simple home remedies to treat acidity.
The soothing and carminative properties of basil leaves can give you instant relief from acidity, gas, and nausea.
Basil leaves can be simply chewed raw or it can also be boiled in a cup of water for a few minutes mix honey and drink it as herbal tea.
Cinnamon is good for your digestive health. It works as a natural antacid and helps dispel stomach gas.
Boil half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of water let it simmer for few minutes and drink it or cinnamon powder can be used in cooking with soup and salad
Buttermilk is a simple home remedy for acidity. It contains lactic acid that normalizes the acidity in the stomach.
Buttermilk can be easily prepared at home grind half to one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds with a little water to make a paste. Mix it in a glass of buttermilk and consume it to relieve stomach ache caused by acidity.
Drink buttermilk several times a day until you get relief. Mix a little roasted cumin seed powder and black salt or one tablespoon of coriander leaf juice for best results.
Like citrus fruits, Apple cider vinegar is acidic but has an alkalizing effect. Thus helps treat stomach acidity.
Drink apple cider vinegar by mixing one or two teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a cup of water and can have it before meals.
Cloves alleviate acidity and dispel gas due to their carminative effect that increases hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Cloves can be simply eaten raw, take two to three cloves chew it thoroughly so that the juices are released into your system.
Eating crushed cloves and cardamom mixed in equal amounts greatly helps contain acidity It also acts as a mouth freshener.
Cumin seeds have a calming effect on the stomach and greatly helps to treat acidity as cumin works as a great acid neutralizer. It also aids in digestion and relieves stomach pain.
Add some roasted cumin seeds in a glass of plain water or boil it for few minutes or mix it with buttermilk and drink it 2-3 times a day.
The anti-inflammatory properties in ginger neutralize stomach acids and help treat acidity.
Just chew a slice of fresh ginger or boil it in water and can be taken 2-3 times a day.
A spoonful of raw ginger juice taken 2-3 times a day greatly relieves acidity.
Jaggery is a good digestive and becomes alkaline in the digestive system, thus reducing stomach acidity.
Use jaggery in a meal or cooking instead of white sugar
Fennel has carminative properties that aid digestion and helps relieve stomach gas.
Simply chew some roasted or plain fennel seed after eating a heavy or spicy meal or mix one or two teaspoons of fennel seed powder in a cup of hot water. Strain and drink it a few times a day.
Cold Milk works wonders in stabilizing gastric acids in the stomach and relieves from acidity. Milk is rich in calcium, which prevents the build-up of stomach acid. A glass of cold milk in the morning in an empty stomach helps to prevent or soothe acidity problems.
A simple change in diet and changing the recipe of our dishes would help keep acidity at bay.
Contact Jagadguru Kripalu Naturopathy Hospital, a leading naturopathy hospital in India for a lifestyle consultation.
by Pragya Sinha