Saturday, March 6, 2010

Acidity Relief

Acidity is a common condition that gives an awkward feeling to us and interferes with our daily activities. Acidity can be due to the unusual behavior of gastric glands that secrete acids above normal. Acid reflux occurs owing to the malfunction of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) valve which lets the stomach secretions regurgitate into the esophagus causing heartburn. This may be due to a variety of reasons like irregular eating habits including skipping meals and fluctuating food schedule, consuming overly spicy food, stress and espousing eternal demons like smoking and drinking. The symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn, sore throat, dyspepsia, chest pain, bitter flavor in the mouth, uneasiness, etc. Some of the home remedies for acidity are

  • Munching a piece of clove has a soothing effect for acid reflux. Cloves alleviate acidity and also aid in digestion.

  • Popping an antacid will neutralize acidity and bring relief but does not solve the root cause of acid reflux. Consuming proper diet rich in dietary fiber is very important to prevent stomach related disorders.

  • Garlic and ginger should be a part of the daily regimen which play a major role in disinfecting the stomach and assisting in digestion apart from a myriad of health benefits.

  • Consuming a banana after meals will safeguard you from acid reflux. Drinking milk and fruit juices is also considered effective against acidity.


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