Acid reflux or acidity is a very common problem and can happen at any time and to anyone. Acidity occurs mainly due to excess release of digestive acids in the stomach causing heartburn, stomach ache, gas, etc. It may occur due to eating spicy food, not having food for long intervals, too much of tea, smoking coffee and alcohol and not drinking enough water. Now most of the times, people are in the habit to pop an anta-acid and just be with it. It may help you get rid of the acidity soon but it is a medicine at the end of the day. Taking too many medicines will have some kind of long term effect no matter what. With so many natural remedies available right in your kitchen, there is no need to take anta-acids every time you get acidity. It may even occur due to eating a heavy diet. Ayurveda suggests many home remedies for acidity. Let us look into them one by one:
Cold Milk for Acidity
Well this is officially the number one remedy for acidity hands down. It is the age old hack from the old grandma to our moms, everyone recommends this in case of heartburn. It is because cold milk is alkaline in nature thus it curbs acidity by neutralizing the pH level of the stomach. It contains lactic acid too which tackles the acidity in the stomach. The next time you feel a heartburn, just drink some cold milk instead of taking an anta-acid.
Banana for Acidity
Banana has Potassium hence it regulates generation of acid in body. It eases digestion and also gives relief in case of gas in stomach. It is also rich in fibre content, hence it helps relieving acidity. Eating ripe banana gives faster results in treating acidity as the potassium content is higher in a ripe banana.
Cinnamon for Acidity
This magic ingredient is filled with multiple health benefits as we have already discussed in an article. You would be amazed to know that it also has strong antacid properties. Drink cinnamon tea to get maximum benefits out of this wonder spice.
Tulsi leaves for Acidity
Basil or Tulsi is a herb that’s of great religious significance in the Indian subcontinent. It is not an important herb for nothing. Boil tulsi leaves in water and drink when you feel acidity. It actively curbs the formation of gas.
Cloves for Acidity
The famous ingredient available easily in all our kitchen, the laung or cloves are the effective even in treating acidity. Cloves prevent formation of gas in the digestive tract. They are not just helpful in treating cold and sour throat, but also acidity. Add it in heavy foods like while cooking rajma or black gram, to prevent formation of gas.
Jaggery or Gur for Acidity
The good old sweet is not so popular among the oldies for nothing. It is rich in magnesium hence it supports the stomach in digestion. Eating jiggery as a sweet dish after a meal is recommended in order to treat acidity. It also maintain the temperature of stomach and keeps it cool. You can drink Sherbet made of gur and cold water during summers to promote healthy digestion.
Ginger & lemon
In the west, it is popular as ginger ale. While we here in India simply use it by pouring the juices of both ginger and squeezing half a lemon in water. It is one of the quickest ways to get rid of acidity. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and lemons are rich in vitamin C.
Coconut water is a very nutritious drink especially in summers. Your body is more prone to acidity in summers as the temperature of the stomach rises rapidly in this season. Coconut water cools down the system, hydrates our body and promotes formation of mucous thus promoting a healthy digestive system. Thus drink up people. Coconut water also helps in maintaining the electrolytes in the body.
Eat at regular Intervals
Do not be on empty stomach for too long. You must eat at regular intervals instead of keeping long gaps between meals. The longer the gap between two meals, more the chances of getting acidity.
Avoid spicy pickles, vinegar, etc.
Avoid eating too much spice or chilly. Vinegar also should be avoided as it has acetic acid and you may get acidity easily if you consume it. Avoid pickles as they have excess oil, salt and market ones even have preservatives in them. So avoid the above food items if you suffer from acidity easily.
A few additional tips on curing acidity easily
- Excess of drinking and smoking make acidity worse. So try limiting these things.
- Avoid having soft/aerated drinks or coffee and caffeinated drinks. Switch to green tea instead. It’s healthier and also keeps you hydrated apart from preventing formation of free radicals.
- Drink a glass of lukewarm water as you get up every morning.
- Drink water with mint/pudina leaves infusion as mint is great in regulating the digestion.
- Taking apple cider vinegar with water helps a great deal with acidity. It helps in maintaining the acid of the stomach. Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and mix it in a glass of water. Drink up.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing when you get acidity. Tight clothes will only increase your discomfort.
- Baking soda is a wonder ingredient that is a cure for almost anything. Yes, it treats dandruff, acne and what not. It even treats acidity. Baking soda is the jack of all trades in true sense. Baking soda is a base hence it helps in neutralizing the acid in stomach. Mix half a spoon of baking soda in one-fourth cup of water and drink. It will help neutralize the acidity in the oesophagus and stomach.
Last Notes: On a concluding note, we would only like to tell you that treating acidity starts with treating the root cause that is the acid reflux. If that is treated, you will no longer need to take antacids and home remedies and you can continue with your normal life. You can get rid of acid reflux or acidity forever by getting to know the root cause for your problem first. You need to access as to what exactly is causing the excess or lack of acid formation in the first place. Only then will you be able to tackle with the problem and battle head on with the condition.
It is definitely possible to get rid of acidity permanently, all you need to do is try. Avoid foods that trigger it in the first place. All the best folks!