Acid makes its way from the stomach, then through the esophagus, then through the throat and finally burp!
Many of us consider our stomach as dumping bag and dump things as and when we feel like. This attitude has cost us a lot today and has unintentionally invited Acidity.
Ideally, stomach acid activates digestive enzymes and promotes digestion. However, excessive secretion of stomach acid creates havoc. It leads to stomach erosions and may affect your overall digestion. In addition to acidity, acid reflux interpreted as regular splashing of acid into the esophagus due to malfunctioned esophageal sphincter can cause severe heartburn, chest pain abdominal bloating, swelling and ulceration of esophagus and even esophageal cancer in later stages of life.
Acidity usually arises due to excess consumption of spicy foods, eating in excess, improper chewing of food and eating habits, obesity, bad lifestyle, drinking alcohol and smoking, stress and much more. Other than these factors, H. pylori bacteria are considered to be a common cause of digestive illnesses like gastric inflammation and peptic ulcers.
Popping antacids very often for temporary relief won’t help. They only cover up the symptoms. The need is to treat the root cause of acidity problems. Follow these sure-shot, non-toxic herbal diets that will help in lowering acid content, restore the functions of esophageal sphincter and also reverse the damage caused by excess acid production.
The active ingredient, anethole, prevents acid reflux, acts as antispasmodic, antiflatulent and improves overall digestion.
Boil 1-2 teaspoons of fennel in water, strain and drink the decoction three times a day or simply chew 1-2 teaspoons of fennel daily after every meal.
- Fenugreek Seeds
It forms a protective layer on stomach ulcers and prevents it from further damage due to stomach acid. It also absorbs excess stomach acid.
Fortify your food by adding fenugreek seeds or soak fenugreek seeds in the water and use this water while cooking food.
It stops nausea and vomiting associated with acid reflux and absorbs excess stomach acid. It helps to treat esophageal and stomach ulcers due to its antiinflammatory properties.
Drink a cup of fresh ginger root tea after meals daily or gulp a spoonful of ginger juice two to three times a day
- Cumin seeds (Jeera)
It is antispasmodic, acid neutralizer and aids in digestion.
Chew jeera seeds without any salt for at least 5 times a day or crush roasted jeera and add it to a glass of water and drink. Also, boil jeera seeds in water for 10 minutes, strain and drink the extract.
- Glycyrrhiza glabra L.(Licorice)
It has anti H.pylori action and prevents acid reflux.
Prepare a mixture of 1-2 gms licorice root powder, fennel seed powder and dried rose leaves or rose water in equal amount and eat twice daily.
- Curry Leaves
It reduces acid content and prevents excessive acid secretion.
Drink curry leaves’ juice (2-4 teaspoon) every day for better digestion and to control acidity or boil curry leaves in water to form decoction and drink.
It possesses strong anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcerative properties.
Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to cold milk and drink.
- Basil Leaves
It has soothing and gas releasing properties and provides instant relief from acidity, gas, and nausea.
Eat basil leaves when you suffer an attack of acidity or boil 8-10 basil leaves in water, add honey and drink.
It works as a natural antacid and helps release stomach gas. It also has anti-H.pylori action.
Add cinnamon sticks to your tea and drink two to three times a day or boil few cinnamon sticks in water and drink
Even sprinkle cinnamon powder on soups or salads.
- Aloe vera
Treats constipation and acts as a laxative. Aloe juice decreases inflammation and neutralizes excess stomach acid.
Drink aloe vera juice 2 times a day.
It possesses anti-inflammatory antioxidants properties, aids in reducing the toxic load on the stomach and speeds up digestion.
Boil amla in water and cut into pieces. Mix these with salt and dry them in sun and chew this sun-dried amla for instant relief in acidity. You can also crush a few pieces of amla to make juice and drink on an empty stomach, every day or just eat 2- 3 pieces of fresh amla.
It has anti-inflammatory properties and cures acidity.
Just chew few ajwain seeds after every meal or add it to the meal.
- Mint leaves
It has digestive properties and provides a cooling sensation that provides relief to the ulcerative portion of the stomach and esophagus.
Ground few pudina leaves, add it water and drink twice a day.
- Black pepper
Pepper has a stimulating effect on acidity, digestive organs and produces an increased flow of saliva and gastric juices.
Eat a teaspoon of powdered black pepper and jaggery mixture.
Instead of so many secret recipes, you can rely on a secret ayurvedic medicine for acidity, ALSAREX. It is a single comprehensive remedy and first choice in the management of acidity and uncomplicated gastric and duodenal ulcer. ALSAREX not only reduces the acid secretion but also strengthens the mucosal defense.
Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) reduces the hypersecretion of stomach acid
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) increases mucosal defensive factors
Yastimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) has anti-H.pylori activity
Usheer (Andropogan muricatus) is antispasmodic and
Oudumbar (Ficus glomerata) is gastroprotective.
Each one of us can suffer acidity problems since we all are food-lovers and have no control over our eating. So, these simple tips along with ALSAREX can gear us up to confidently counterstrike acidity.