Acidity refers to a set of symptoms caused by an imbalance between the acid secreting mechanism of the stomach and proximal intestine and the protective mechanisms that ensure their safety.
Lack of adequate blood flow to the stomach contributes to ulcers. Prostaglandins are also believed to stimulate bicarbonate and mucous production, which help protect the stomach. If any of these defence mechanisms are deficient, acid and pepsin can attack the stomach lining causing an ulcer.
The problem of acidity is not caused due to one single reason it is an outcome of several factors which are related to eating habits, diet, sleeping pattern and also condition of digestive system. In order to get permanent and effective treatment one has to identify the reasons for its cause and also use remedies to relieve the aggravation of the problem. Irregular eating pattern is one of the major factors and most common cause of acidity.
People having irregular diet remain hungry which causes accumulation of unutilized enzymes and acid in the stomach and untimely consumption of food causes gas formation which regurgitates acid in the esophagus. Regularizing eating pattern can relieve the problem of acidity to a large extent. People suffering with constipation tend to develop this problem, eating smaller and regular meals instead of two or three large meals exert lesser pressure on the digestive system.
Mild walk, consumption of water in sufficient quantity and avoiding spicy and fried food is of great help to avoid episode of acidity. Consumption of fruits in increased quantity and minimizing the sugar intake is also an effective habit which helps in permanently treating the problem of acidity.
Chewing fennel seeds after meal is a popular way of refreshing mouth but it is also an effective treatment for acidity as these seeds helps in digesting the food and also soothes esophagus. Sucking a piece of clove once in day also helps the digestive system in keeping secretion of excessive acid under control in the stomach. For immediate relief from burning sensation caused by acidity chewing few leaves of basil are of immense help. Basil has other medicinal properties too which are very helpful for good health. Consuming mixture of two teaspoons apple cider vinegar with a glass of water also provides immediate relief from acidity.
Cold milk also relieves acidity and cures it anytime, consumption of coconut water during the day keeps acid secretion under control and also manages irregular eating pattern to a large extent. Consumption of fruits like banana, guava, melon and papaya in increased quantity certainly increases the effects of remedies to provide effective and permanent cure for acidity. Consuming buttermilk with baked cumin seeds after meal also improves digestion and prevents episodes of excessive acid.
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