The acidity is a commonly used term in every household. In reality, it is “hyperacidity”. Our stomach secrets dilute hydrochloric acid which is essential for the digestive process. When its secretion is above normal, it gives various symptoms and discomfort; this is known hyperacidity. In medical terminology this is call as “dyspepsia”. The symptoms of acidity
are feeling of fullness in stomach, bloating, heartburn and burning sensation in stomach.
Certain food items trigger higher secretion of the acid. These include excessive intake of tea, coffee, soft-drinks, alcohol, spicy foodstuffs, non- vegetarian diets, and irregular eating habits, lack of sleep and disturbed biorhythm, stress, anxiety also add-on to excess secretion of the acid in the stomach. Certain medicines such as common painkillers are also known causes of acidity.
There are some effective ayurvedic remedies for acidity suggested in the ancient text as simple home remedies to avoid acidity.
- If one has overeaten and feeling heaviness in the stomach, one can take a small piece of jiggery and keep in the mouth without chewing. The symptoms of acidity shall vanish.
- If a person is suffering from chronic acidity symptoms, there is another simple remedy. In a cup of boiled water, take 1 teaspoon of sauf (aniseed) and leave it overnight. Strain the water in morning and drink it mixing with 1 tablespoon of honey three times a day.
- One can also use 1 teaspoon Caraway seeds (shah jeera) in 1.5 liters of water and boil for 20 minutes. Drink this water 2-3 times day (warm) for week. The symptoms of acidity shall disappear.
- Chewing clove and cardamom after meals acts a mouth fresher as well as carminative; it is effective home remedy for acidity.
These home remedies for acidity, do not replace the healthy eating habits. One must follow diet that is suitable to one’s constitution and never eat more than required. Warm meals, chewing it well, drinking ample of water and maintaining happy surroundings and contentment in life will help to eliminate hyperacidity from one’s life.
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