6 Foods And Home Remedies To Combat Acidity

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Acidity is nothing but a feeling of burning sensation in the chest. Also known as heartburn, acidity is caused due to excessive acid in the stomach leading to an imbalance. This further irritates the intestinal lining and in some cases, can also affect the esophageal tissue leading to a burning sensation. Some of the common causes of acidity include eating spicy food frequently, irregular eating habits including skipping meals and late-night meals, excessive stress, drinking alcohol regularly and lack of exercise.

Here Are 6 Foods And Home Remedies To Combat Acidity:

  1. Ajwain – Carom seeds have long been associated with alleviating gastric discomfort and aiding in robust digestion. Its biochemical Thymol, an active ingredient in ajwain, helps in aiding robust digestion. Carom seeds can be taken with a pinch of salt, chewed and ingested; you can also soak a teaspoon in water overnight and have the water.
  2. Saunf – Taking a pinch of saunf (or fennel seeds) after a meal is quite a common part of Indian tradition. This helps with mouth odour but more importantly, this practice started because it helps with digestion. A mixture of saunf and mishry is better for digestion. Saunf is given to small babies for relieving colic – it is safe and effective to use. Other than after a meal, saunf soaked in water overnight can also be used or warm saunf water can be made. Saunf can also be added to tea. Adding a little sugar helps more.
  3. Milk and Yogurt – Milk is a perfect antidote for acidity. Cold or room temperature milk relieves acidity immediately. Sipping is the way instead of gulping. Milk is a natural antacid. Rich in calcium salts it neutralises the acid. Yogurt is another way of controlling acidity. In addition to the calcium, it also is a natural probiotic that provides for a healthier gut and better digestion.
  4. Honey – Research has shown that taking a teaspoon of honey with warm water helps with acidity. Adding some lemon to it makes it a good alkalising agent which neutralises the acid in the stomach.
  5. Dhania or Coriander – Dhania can be used both as fresh leaves and as dried seeds for tackling acidity. Just about 10 ml juice of green coriander works. It can be added to water or buttermilk. Dried coriander seed powder can be sprinkled or added to cooking. Coriander seed tea is another easy way of taking it. Coriander is associated with helping reduce bloating, a common symptom of acidity as well as control nausea and vomiting.
  6. Fruits – All fruits, including citrus fruits, leave an alkaline ash, neutralising acids. They also add fibre which improves digestion and health. Taking two fresh fruits daily is a good strategy for controlling acidity. Fruits make for a good snack option, and taking snacks between meals is a good way to control acidity harming the stomach lining.

Acidity is nothing but a feeling of burning sensation in the chest. Also known as heartburn, acidity is caused due to excessive acid in the stomach leading to an imbalance. This further irritates the intestinal lining and in some cases, can also affect the esophageal tissue leading to a burning sensation. Some of the common causes of acidity include eating spicy food frequently, irregular eating habits including skipping meals and late-night meals, excessive stress, drinking alcohol regularly and lack of exercise.

While these are a few foods that prevent and control acidity and its symptoms, but they must be paired with a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle is a key to a healthy digestive system.

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