Acidity: Causes, Prevention and Home Remedies


Acidity Prevention

Monsoon is the season for the foodies, especially in India. India is a nation of food lovers. We all love sipping our hot chais and savoring our hot pakoras as we watch the raindrops fall outside. And who can forget the delicious scent of roasted bhuttas at every street stall. This love for food is what defines us. But this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any negative aspects to it.

With delicious foods comes stomach problems. And the most common stomach problem in the rainy season is acidity. While it is not the worst of issues, this doesn’t mean that we are not all trying to figure out how to cure acidity permanently. How good would it be if we could eat whatever we want without worrying about acidity afterwards? While there is no permanent cure to acidity yet, you can, of course, both prevent it and treat it easily.

Truly, the best medicine for acidity in the stomach is to eat healthy. But this advice may not be very practical for you. While there is no good answer to the question, ‘how to cure acidity permanently’, you can try some remedies and lifestyle changes that can curb the regularity of it.

To defeat the enemy, we have to know it well. So, let’s start by understanding the causes of acidity.

Causes of Acidity

  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Irregular meal timings and eating dinner very late
  • Regularly dealing with stress and anxiety
  • Eating too much spicy, fried and junk foods
  • Drinking too many caffeinated drinks, like coffee or tea
  • Being physically inactive
  • Going to bed immediately after eating
  • Smoking and drinking too much
  • Regularly using certain medications.
  • Not getting a good night’s sleep
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Ageing
  • Fasting

How to Prevent Acidity

1. Do not stay up after eating

When you're standing, or even sitting, gravity does the work of keeping the acid in your stomach, where it should be. Have your last meal at least 3 hours before your bedtime. This means no afternoon naps after lunch, and no midnight snacks after dinner.

2. Don't move too quick

Do not do any vigorous exercise for at least a couple of hours after you eat. It’s okay to go for a walk after your dinner, but doing a strenuous workout, especially the ones where you have to bend over, can send the acid rushing back into your esophagus.

3. Sleep on an incline

In an ideal sleeping position, your head should stay 6 to 8 inches higher than your feet. You can achieve this by putting a foam wedge directly at the head of your bed. Use a wedge that supports your entire upper body. Don't try to create an incline with pillows. They cannot provide the uniform support you need.

Home Remedies for Acidity

1. Aloe Vera juice

Aloe Vera has a variety of medicinal properties which also makes it the best medicine for acidity in the stomach. The pulp from aloe vera can also help in keeping your gut free and clean from toxins. Aloe Vera is packed with strong anti-inflammatory properties and with powerful vitamins and amino acids, which reduce the acidity levels in the body. To use this remedy, extract the pulp from the aloe vera leaves and mix it in water. Drink this juice 2-3 times a day.

2. Spice Mix

While spices can be the reason behind your heartburn, certain kitchen spices can actually help you get relief. Spices like cumin seeds (jeera), cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger powder have been traditionally used for centuries for their powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Cumin seeds, in particular, are very useful in getting rid of bloating issues. To use, boil some water (1 glass) in a saucepan. Add spices to it such as cumin seeds, cardamom, ginger powder, and clove. Wait for the concoction simmer down before letting it cool.Now drink this to treat your acidity.

Acidity is a common problem and you don’t have to be afraid of it. You also shouldn’t ignore it. If you do have acidity, it’s best to treat it as soon as possible. Also, if you have acidity quite regularly, make sure you talk to your doctor about it. Stay healthy!