I think each and every person has suffered from acidity, No one can avoid it unless and until his / her dietary habits are highly controlled.
It is also called heart burn but heartburn is an affection that has nothing to do with the heart, but with your digestive system. The pain, burnings and discomfort people suffering of acid reflux feel is given by the rising up into the esophagus of partially digested food and gastric acid.
In acidity, there is a movement of gastric juices (carrying acid) from the stomach into the lower esophagus (food pipe). This condition mainly arises when acidic contents in stomach (hydrochloric acid) move upward into the esophagus and making it dysfunctional.
Besides burnings felt in the lower chest, other symptoms of acid reflux are: swallowing with difficulty, sore throat that seems to persist no matter what you do, chronic hoarseness or dry cough, bitter taste in the morning and after eating and even bad breath.
There are a few things you can do in order to prevent acid reflux. It is important to make a few changes in your lifestyle. This means that you can adopt a different way of living in order to avoid situations that lead to an increase of the symptoms of the acid reflux.
1. Take care of your body position.
The thing that easily keeps acid reflux far away from your esophagus is gravity. After eating it is important to keep your posture upright and avoid lying down for one or two hours. During this time your stomach will digest your food and pass it down to the intestines. Once the stomach is empty you can lie down as there is nothing left inside it to run towards the esophagus. If you have acid reflux during the night then it is best to lift the head of your bed with 4-5 inches.
2. Avoid exercising after eating.
If you know you have acid reflux problems then it is best not to practice any sport right after eating. Abdominal muscle contractions can make the food you just ate to come back on the esophagus. This would not be a problem, but gastric acid that got to be secreted during eating will get to the esophagus too, eroding it step by step.
3. Eat the right food for you.
This means that you must avoid aliments that are known to produce heartburn (peppermint, whole milk, saturated oils and fats, creamed soups and foods, tomato and juices like oranges and grapefruit) and replaced with aliments that will not cause acid reflux (fish, chicken, turkey meat, vegetables, cereals, bread, low-fat milk and aliments that have low fat content).
4. Beware of alcohol, cigarettes and coffee
As much as we all might like to have a small addiction to something, try to focus on something else besides these three known to produce acid reflux ‘drugs’. You will observe after a while that not only your acid reflux is not bothering you so much, but your whole health status has improved.
Home remedy for acidity is natural and consequently is absolutely safe for the human body. Amla is a natural and effective herb which helps in curing many diseases such as diabetes, indigestion, heartburn. Drink daily a 1 tsp juice of chebulic myroblan mixed with 1 tsp of amla (Indian gooseberry) juice. Drink a glass of cold milk for fast relaxation of heartburn and acidity. Mash almond leaves in water and apply on the area, it will also help in the treatment of eczema.
Consumption of milk and milk product are good to relive these symptoms. Like wise taking cereals like wheat or its products also give symptomatic relief. Bananas have protective action against these conditions and is highly recommended in the diet. The alkaline ash present in banana correct the acidosis caused by acid forming diets. Maintaining an upright posture for some time after food will help in preventing reflex in to oesophagus. Like wise sleeping with shoulder elevated will also reduce symptoms due to regurgitation of acidic content to oesophagus.
Take a cup of water and boil it. Add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf) to the water and leave it overnight. On the next morning, filter the water and add 1 tsp of honey to it. Drink it thrice a day and bid goodbye to acidity.
Include green leafy vegetables and sprouts in your diet. These contain vitamins B and E which aid digestion and also facilitate the elimination of acids from the body. ‘Raita’ prepared from cucumber and salads are a tried and trusted digestive aid.
Stay a small part of jaggery (gur) in your jaws and slowly suck it. Repeat it each hour till acidity subsides. One of the best home remedies for acidity.
For a lot of stomach acid mix about 150 ml of pure lime juice, NOT from concentrate, with about 4 tablespoons of honey and a litre of water. Drink about a quarter litre in the morning and again in the evening. Lime and honey are 2 of the strongest natural antibacterials.
Acids present in the stomach helps in breaking down of the food during digestion. But when there is excess production of acid by the gastric glands of the stomach, it results in the condition known as acidity. Acidity leads to the sour or burning sensation in the chest. Its common symptoms are dyspepsia, heartburn and formation of the ulcers.
Other reason for this may be fermentation of organic acids such as lactic acid, acetic acid and butyric acid. Increased acidity with regurgitation causes some amount of oesophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus), which increases the sensitiveness. Acidity causes reflex increased secretion of alkaline saliva, which accumulates in the esophagus and is rushed into the mouth without any sensation of vomiting. This is commonly associated with duodenal ulcer.
Follow an antacid treatment.
If you think your acidity is not getting controlled by above method then go to the doctor and see what he has to say about this. He will most likely recommend you some antacids and proton pump inhibitors. The proton pump inhibitors are good for decreasing the acid production in the stomach.