Acidity: Common Causes And Remedies

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Acidity is related to heartburn and gas formation in stomach. There is a movement of gastric juices (carrying acid) from the stomach into the lower esophagus (food pipe). This is a condition which is caused when acidic contents in stomach (hydrochloric acid) move upward into the esophagus and making it dysfunctional.

Causes Of Acidity

• Eating large meals or lying down right after a meal.

• Being overweight or obese.

• Eating a heavy meal and lying on your back or bending over at the waist.

• Snacking close to bedtime.

• Eating certain foods, such as citrus, tomato, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, or spicy or fatty foods.

• Drinking certain beverages, such as alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, or tea.

• Smoking.

• Being pregnant.

• Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, certain muscle relaxers, or blood pressure medications.

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Remedies for Acidity

• Drink potato broth every day.

• Avoid beans, cereals, crackers, eggs, flour products, grains, oily foods, macaroni, and sugar. Plums, prunes, and cranberries do not oxidize and therefore remain acid to the body. Avoid these until the situation improves.

• Since excess vitamin C may lead to acidosis, reduce your intake of vitamin C for a few weeks.

• Check your urine pH daily using pH paper.

• Drink as much butter milk as you can for 2 days, your acidity cures easily.

• Daily eat curd rice at least once in a day keeps away from acidity.

• Recommended foods include apples, avocados, bananas, bilberries, blackberries, grapefruit, grapes, lemons, pears, pineapples, strawberries, and all vegetables. Fresh fruits, especially citrus fruits and vegetables reduce acidosis. Start with small amounts of citrus fruits and gradually add larger amounts.

• Chew your food slowly, and do not overindulge.