FACTS OF ACIDITY

Acidity is a common condition seen in people of present era. Learn remedies and tips to avoid acidity.

What are the causes of acidity?

It is usually the unhygienic habits, like eating food without washing hands, eating contaminated food, constipation and mucus in the stools, which encourage the parasites to infest the intestines. A weakness of the valve between the stomach and oesophagus (food pipe) can cause a reflux of the acid from the stomach to the lower part of the oesophagus. This gastro-esophageal reflux can cause heart-burn.

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What are the symptoms of acidity?

The main symptoms of acidity are Heartburn and Dyspepsia.

1: Heartburn is characterized by a deeply placed, burning pain in the chest behind the sternum (breast-bone). It occurs after meals and is precipitated by increase in intra-abdominal pressure. It is more common at night when a person is lying down. Heartburn is usually relieved when the person sits up. The symptoms of ulcers are mainly pain which is either localized or which may radiate to the back or to the chest.

2: Dyspepsia is a burning or an aching pain in the upper abdomen, sometimes described as a stabbing sensation penetrating through the gut. In rare cases there may be no pain, but only a feeling of indigestion, fullness, bloating, flatulence or nausea. When the cause is a duodenal ulcer, having a meal usually relieves the pain. But in the case of a gastric ulcer there may be no change, or the pain may become worse after eating. Peptic ulcer disease can sometimes occur without symptoms. Symptoms may also arise when there is no ulcer present, which is known as non-ulcer dyspepsia.

How can acidity be prevented?

Acidity can be prevented by avoiding the known causative factors like alcohol consumption, spicy foods, drugs like NSAID’s, steroids etc. Regular eating habits and a healthy diet can prevent acidity. People with a highly nervous and emotional disposition and those involved in high-stress jobs could opt for a change in their lifestyle and reduce the stress.

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Heartburn relief home remedies

Almonds- can relieve heartburn. Eat several almonds when heartburn symptoms persist.

Lemons- can prevent heartburn. Cut a lemon into thin strips and dip in salt. Eat before meals to prevent heartburn.

Home Remedies for Acidity

Tip 1:

After all three meals, take a small piece of jaggery and keep it in your mouth and suck.

Tip 2:

Boil one cup of water. To this add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf). Cover and leave overnight. Strain the water in the morning, add 1 tsp of honey. When this is taken 3 times a day it prevents acidity.

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Tip 3:

To 1 ½ liters of water add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera). Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Sip while warm. Have the concoction 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days.

Tip 4:

Powder one clove and one cardamom; use the powder as a mouth freshener after every meal. No more acidity and no more bad breath.

 

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