One of the most common disorders faced by individuals today, especially those working in professional environments is acidity. Thanks to drastic lifestyle changes, unhealthy eating habits and various other similar issues, most individuals today complain of suffering from acidity at a very young age itself.
While everyone would generally want to know an immediate cure to the problem, no one seems to realise that if they manage to understand the root cause of the issue, they could stop it from occuring altogether! Here are a few useful pointers that might help you in combatting this rather painful issue!
What Is Acidity In The First Place?
Forget getting a cure for the problem. Rather, sit down and analyse the issue and its causes. Most individuals tend to develop the general feeling that acidity is caused by a foreign agent that is created in the body as a direct or indirect result of the food that they eat.
On the contrary, acidity actually occurs as a result of a component that is already present in the human body. Accordingly, the acid that is responsible for the problem is a natural agent that is present in the stomach and helps in digesting the food that you eat. The inner lining of the stomach contains millions of cells which secrete this acid when you consume food.
Now the problem arises when you eat something that is either indigestible or when you eat too much in one sitting. Both these cases lead to large amounts of undigested food accumulating in the stomach which in turn leads to more acid being secreted by the cells. The excess acid causes the pain that you experience in your stomach (and sometimes heart).
Another major contributor of acidity is stress which unfortunately is prevalent in almost all individuals in today’s fast paced world. Less energy flow throughout the body in turn leads to disruption of normal routines like blood flow, oxygen supply and of course, digestion. The last option leads to acidity.
What Are The Major Side Effects Of Acidity?
Acidity is usually accompanied by severe pains in the stomach and abdomen areas. Another major side effect of this disorder is termed as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and causes asharp pain in the heart.
In case of GERD, the excess acid that is formed in the stomach moves up the oesophagus as soon as the individual lies down in a horizontal position. The acid creates a sharp burning sensation in the inner lining of the oesophagus which comes off as a stabbing pain in the heart region (also called as heart burn).
Natural Cures And Remedies
If you find you have acidity, better undergo a medical checkup with a doctor to understand the root cause for the development of the same. However, here are some useful tips to handle sudden bouts of acidity as and when they occur.
Water is one of the best known natural healers of almost all the disorders occuring in the stomach area. Drink plenty of water everyday (start off with two glasses of water in the morning).
The excess water acts as a natural cleanser as it washes away all the excess acid (and other impurities) that might have developed in the stomach. Water also helps to soothe the pain that accompanies acidity.
Coconut water is also a natural healer and helps to cleanse your body of excess acid and impurities. And with summer setting in, there’s no need to worry about catching cold if you drink this natural nectar.
As and when you have a sudden attack of acidity, drink some cold milk or consume a scoop of icy cold vanilla ice cream. You will get relief from the pain within minutes. Fruit juices also help you get instant relief from acidity. However, make sure to have something to eat before hand!
Make sure to drink a glass of luke-warm water before and after every meal, especially if you have dined on some really spicy dishes. Lemon and sugar drinks also perform the same role as water when it comes to helping the stomach digest the food that has been consumed.
If you feel a bit sick after a particularly heavy meal, pop in some ginger, corriander leaves, tulsi leaves or basil leaves to get instant relief. In addition to all these options, make sure to add plenty of beans, carrots, cabbages, spring onions and drumsticks to your daily diet as these vegetables enhance digestion and keep the body free from impurities.