Acid reflux or Acidity is a common condition that brings burning pain, known as heartburn, in the lower chest area. It happens when stomach acid, which is required for the process of digestion, flows back up into the food pipe. According to Ayurveda, acidity is recognized as Amlapitta.
A pivotal aspect in Ayurveda states the importance of Agni – the digestive fire. Agni ensures digestion & if it weakens, it leads to excessive acid production. Ayurveda believes that the Pitta imbalance occurs due to stress, improper diet, sleep deficit, lack of exercise, and overeating fatty & oily foods. In these socially distant scenarios, we need to adjust to the ‘Stay Home | Stay Safe’ lifestyle. Amidst this situation, tackling issues like acid reflux with help from some natural remedies is a boost to our wellbeing; let’s dive into the home remedies that play a significant role in treating acidity.
Symptoms of Acidity
- Pain and burning sensation in the chest, stomach or throat
- Flatulence or Gas
- Bad Breath
- Nausea or feeling of vomiting
- Heaviness in the stomach after eating
- Frequent burps
- Regurgitation of undigested food coming back in our mouth
Common causes of Acidity
- Eating at odd times or skipping meals
- Unhealthy eating habits like having too much tea, coffee, cold- drinks, junk, spicy, oily food etc.
- Stomach ailments like Ulcers, Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) etc.
- A bad lifestyle like too much stress, sleeping less, smoking, drinking alcohol etc.
Natural Remedies for Acidity –
1) Guava Leaves
Prepare Tea by boiling Guava leaves in water, consume this daily to relieve gas, you can also add rock salt also known as sendha namak to make the infusion more effective. Guava plant leaves are known for painkilling properties, they are a rich source of antioxidants, the leaves are considered to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
2) Fennel or Saunf
Having around 1 teaspoon fennel powder with a glass of warm water relieves acidity and its symptoms like heartburn, bloating and improves digestion.
3) Baking soda and Lemon
With this combination, you get a production of carbon dioxide that helps indigestion. This remedy for gas will start its effects in 20 minutes after you use it. Just take a glass of water preferably half full, add a teaspoon of baking powder and sneeze in a lemon to the mixture and stir it thoroughly.
4) Raw Potato Juice
Raw Potato juice has Anti acidic properties and is a lesser-known remedy for stomach gas. Potato juice stimulates stomach functions and thus aids in alleviating digestive disorders. Drink half a cup of potato juice diluted in water, an hour before meals. This can be done thrice a day or before every heavy meal.
Ginger has many health benefits, and it cures many problems. Chewing fresh ginger can help in relieving stomach gas. Take 1 teaspoon Ginger powder with a pinch of rock salt, a pinch of asafetida and a cup of water, mix well and drink this juice for a better condition. Drink ginger tea after meals, it will promote proper digestion.
The lactic acid in buttermilk normalizes the acidity in the stomach and gives a soothing effect. A glass of buttermilk topped with black pepper and coriander helps in instantly easing your symptoms of acidity.
Adding turmeric to your diet relieves acidity and heartburn caused by it.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Archana Singh
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd