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Digestive enzymes are acidic in nature. Gastric juices help in digesting the food but in excess this may lead to gastritis which causes gas, bloating and a feeling of heaviness. Irregular diet and eating habits increase acid levels in the stomach which is acidity. as a result, we experience a burning sensation in the throat, chest, and abdomen. This is what is known as acidity.
Irregular meal timings, spicy foods & eating junk foods
Eating under stress
Smoking, drinking alcohol and not chewing food properly
Staying awake till late at night
Because of the above reasons, the amount of acid in stomach increases and rises though the food canal. This upward rise of gastric juices is the cause of burning sensation in the abdomen and throat. Other symptoms of increased acidity are headaches, sour eructation, dyspepsia etc.
Do not stay awake till late at night
Do not eat spicy foods
Do not eat baked or roasted foods
Avoid excess exposure to the sun
Practise Pranayama to keep stress in check
Do not eat sour foods, coffee, tea, tobacco
Do not fast excessively
Drink Amla (Indian Gooseberry) juice in the morning on an empty stomach
Soak raisings overnight and eat them first thing in the morning
Drink pomegranate juice in the morning
Add coriander, fennel and mint in your diet
Caraway is also a good home remedy for decreasing acidity. Boil caraway seeds and strain the water through a sieve. Drinking this water in the morning is helpful.
Drinking cold milk is also beneficial in acidity
Consume 1 teaspoon rose petal jam once or twice daily for relief in acidity
By following the above mentioned home remedies will provide relief in keeping excessive acidity in check. For proper diagnosis and treatment, please talk to a doctor.
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