Acidity occurs when there is excess secretion of acids in the gastric glands of the stomach, producing gas, bad breath, stomach ache and other symptoms. Acidity can be caused due to a long gap between meals, empty stomach or excessive intake of tea, coffee, smoking or alcohol. When the secretion of acids is more than usual, we experience heartburn or acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). It is normally triggered when we eat heavy or spicy foods.
Here are some ingredients that might already be available in your kitchen, that you can use to get rid of stomach acidity:
The soothing and carminative properties of basil leaves can give you instant relief from acidity. At the first sign of gas, eat a few basil leaves or boil 3-4 basil leaves in a cup of water and let it simmer for a few minutes. Sip on it frequently.
You can also chew fennel seeds after meals, to prevent acidity. For its multitude of gastrointestinal benefits, fennel tea is sure to help the digestive tract be healthy and happy. The tea is considered very useful to help indigestion and bloating because of the oils found in these seeds.
This humble spice works as a natural antacid and can settle your stomach, by improving digestion and absorption. For relief, drink cinnamon tea to heal infections in the gastrointestinal tract. Cinnamon is a powerhouse of nutrients and loaded with health benefiting properties.
So, the next time you get acidity after eating a heavy or spicy meal, skip the antacid and drink a glass of buttermilk instead. Buttermilk contains lactic acid that normalizes acidity in the stomach. Sprinkle a dash of black pepper or 1 teaspoon of ground coriander leaves for best results.
Due to its high magnesium content, jaggery helps boost intestinal strength. It aids digestion and makes your digestive system more alkaline in nature, thus reducing stomach acidity. Suck on a small piece of jaggery after a meal, and reap the benefits. Jaggery also helps maintain normal body temperature, cooling the stomach.
Over the years, cloves have grabbed a prominent place in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda to treat digestive disorders. Cloves are carminative in nature, thus preventing the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract. You can add it to your meals while cooking, or even eat crushed cloves and cardamom, to treat acidity and get rid of bad breath often caused by acidity.
Cumin seeds work as a great acid neutralizer, aid digestion and relieve stomach pain. Slightly crush some roasted cumin seeds, stir it into a glass of water or steep one teaspoon of cumin seeds in a cup of boiled water and drink it after every meal.
Ginger has excellent digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. To help neutralize stomach acids, you can chew on a slice of fresh ginger, or have a spoonful of ginger juice two to three times a day, or steep fresh ginger in a cup of boiling water and drink up.
For those who are not lactose intolerant, milk can help stabilize gastric acids in the stomach. It is rich in calcium, which prevents the buildup of acid in the stomach. All you need to do is drink a glass of cold milk the next time you suffer from acidity. Milk is rich in calcium, which prevents the buildup of acid in the stomach.
When you drink coconut water, your body’s pH acidic level turns alkaline. It also helps produce mucous in your stomach, which protects the stomach from harmful effects of excessive acid production. Since it is rich in fibre, it aids digestion and prevents the re-occurrence of acidity.
Bananas contain natural antacids that can act as a buffer against acid reflux. This is the simplest home remedy for getting rid of acidity. Eat one banana every day to prevent discomfort.