Surprisingly common, acidity is perhaps one of the most inflicted ailments of these days. Owing to an increased stress in today’s lives and some disturbances in the diet, nearly everyone experiences acid reflux now and then. But how do we know if it is serious?
Usually acidity and the pain that comes with it go away in a few minutes’ time when we take simple remedial measures such as drink water. But when it acidity keeps coming frequently and doesn’t go away for a very long time, there could be other diseases causing it which means that you should probably visit your doctor.
However, if your acid reflux is because of some simple reason such as an irregular diet or spicy foods here’s a few remedies that can immediately come to your rescue.
The Most Common Causes for Acidity
Spicy foods – One of the most common causes of acidity or heart burn is eating excessively spicy foods. When you aren’t used to it or when you can’t handle it, the acidity can be severe but otherwise, it goes away as soon as you act upon it.
Irregular food habits – Eating irregularly – i.e., with long gaps between the meals and habits such as skipping breakfast can lead to constant disturbances in the stomach acid levels causing acid reflux more often.
Ulcers in the stomach – An ulcer in the stomach can also lead to constant acidity. In this case where the acidity doesn’t go away with simple remedial measures, you should get yourself checked for ulcers in your stomach.
Serious underlying diseases – Diseases such as GERD (gastro intestinal reflex disease) or Hernia can sometimes cause acid burns which can be quite disruptive and hence may need medical attention.
Some medicines – Some medicines can cause acidity as soon as we take them. Usually in such cases, the doctors warn us and prescribe an antacid along with the medication.
Some habits such as smoking– There are some habits that can eventually lead constant acid refluxes as, because of the disturbance that they cause in the gut. Smoking excessively can be one of these causes.
10 Quick and Natural Heartburn Remedies
Some of the safest and the most easy-to-use remedies have been listed out here to help you deal with your acid reflux. They can be tried out by anyone provided that they are not allergic to any of the ingredients used.
Buttermilk for acidity
Buttermilk which is a diluted form of yogurt with some additional spices added is a great quick acid burn remedy. It helps to immediately soothe the walls of the stomach lining with the thick lactic acid that is present in it. In addition, it also helps in the long term being a probiotic (with gut friendly bacteria that heal the stomach lining).
It is easy to make a glass of buttermilk right at our home when we have an acid burn and it can be done in these simple steps.
- With yogurt and water in 1:1 ratio, churn it thoroughly so that it gets uniformly mixed and has slight foam by the time you finish the churning.
- Add a few spices if you would like to such as ground fennel seeds, clove and a few mint leaves.
- You can drink this after every meal, especially with a heavy or spicy meal to keep your acids in control.
An aerated drink/soda for acidity
An aerated drink like cola isn’t something that we’d suggest you make a part of your daily routine but it can be of help when you have severe acid reflux that needs to go down. This is because the soda is carbonated water – which is basically carbonic acid.
Carbonic acid, being a weak acid, acts as a base when it reaches the stomach and thereby neutralizes the situation which is highly acidic in the stomach. It also expands the lining of the stomach and eases out the pain. Here’s a few aerated drinks that help.
- Plain soda or sparkling water
- Any fizzy drink with soda in it
Apple cider vinegar for acidity
Apple cider vinegar is yet another home remedy for acidity that works well for most people. However, you should try out a little before you know for sure that it will work for you as well. The vinegar has got a capacity to calm down the acidity of the stomach.
You should dilute the apple cider vinegar before you drink it however as it could come on too string for your acidic stomach. We show you how you do that.
- Take a small glass and fill half of it with apple cider vinegar.
- Fill it up to the brim with water now so that it is diluted in 1:1 ratio.
- Sip it slowly until your stomach ceases to hurt from all the acidity.
Baking soda for acidity
It is easy to see why baking soda is such a good remedy for acid reflux. Baking soda, which is also known as Sodium Bicarbonate is a base. And that makes it neutralize the acid that is in our stomach almost in a few seconds after it reaches the stomach.
Added to that, it is very safe for use as it does not really cause any side effects when used in limited amounts. Here’s how you can take baking soda with water for cooling down your acids.
- Take a glass full of water and add two spoons of baking soda to it.
- Make sure that it dissolves in the water completely by stirring it.
- Drink it slowly, sip-by-sip until the acid reflux and the pain is gone.
Basil tea for acidity
A limited amount of Basil tea can also be a good cure for your acidity especially for the kind of acidity that is not too painful and is persistent. It is majorly used to control the gas and the production of the acid in the stomach.
You can directly chew on Basil leaves as well if you do not have the time to make the tea. You can also make a tea as we show you here. Yet another way in which you can use the basil leaves is to add it to your buttermilk. Here’s how you make the tea.
- Take some water in a vessel and bring it to boil.
- Add a few basil leaves to it and continue with the boiling until the water turns yellow.
- Strain it out now and add some honey to it before you drink it.
- Make sure that it is not too hot as that could make your heart burn more painful at those temperatures.
Bananas for acidity
For mild acidity, bananas can be of good help. They are filling and this should calm the digestive juices. If that’s not enough, the bananas also produce a good amount of mucus and enable the stomach to produce a good amount of mucus and this helps protect the walls of the stomach from the acids.
There are however some people who’ve said that they haven’t helped them and although this is a very less percentage of people, you should check to see if the remedy is working with a bite or two. Here’s all the ways in which you can eat bananas to fight acidity.
- Eat a banana before your meal if you are eating after a long time gap from your previous meal.
- If you feel a burning sensation in your stomach after you eat, eat one or two bananas until the pain goes away.
- Make a banana shake or some dessert with bananas when you’ve had a particularly heavy meal so that you avoid acidity that could strike later on.
Clove for acidity
Acidity is also caused by a less motile digestive system – where in the movement of the muscles is not as much as needed and the juices are not produced regularly as they should be. Chewing on a clove every day after you eat can be a great way to prevent not only acidity but also other digestive problems such as bloating and indigestion in general.
Making a simple clove tea and drinking it every day can also be a good measure to remove your acidity. Here’s how you do that in some simple steps.
- Take some water and bring it to boil.
- Add a few cloves to it and continue with the heating until the colour of the water changes.
- Strain the tea once it turns yellow and add some honey to it before you drink it.
- Make it lukewarm before you drink it as hot tea could flare your acid reflux because of the temperature.
Papaya juice or pulp for acidity
Papaya has got the ability to not only neutralize the acids in your stomach but also to hydrate the content in your stomach so that the pain reduces. Most of its actions are attributed to the enzyme Papain in it. It is quite filling too. So when you are eating your meal after a very long gap from a previous meal, we’d suggest that you have some papaya juice or pulp before you eat to avoid acid burn.
Here’s a few ways in which you can eat your papayas.
- If you are eating papayas before your meal eat them whole as pieces of the fruit.
- After your meal, you can still have them as fruit directly or make a juice out of them.
- You can also make some desserts with papaya and eat them after a very spicy or a heavy meal.
Fennel seeds for acidity
It turns out that popping in a few fennel seeds after you eat is beneficial in many ways. One of them is that it can fight a possible acid reflux that you may get, especially if the food is very spicy or heavy. Fennel is a carminative which expels gas from the stomach and since the pain in stomach is caused mainly by the digestive gas, it comes in great use.
Along with that, Fennel also reduces the production of gastric juice (which is more than needed during acidity) and this calms your gut down. Here’s a few ways in which you can have your fennel seeds after your meal.
- There are many variations of fennel seeds available in the market lately – sugar coated ones, ones with coloured coats and many others. Buy the ones you like pop in a few of them each time you eat.
- You can grind the fennel seeds and add them to your desserts which you eat after your meal.
- You can have your fennel seeds as an addition to buttermilk or betel leaf such that they work together in curbing the acid levels.
Watermelon for acidity
Watermelon is yet another great remedy that can immediately soothe your stomach when you’re having a severe acid reflux. In addition to the water content that is present in it, the Ph of watermelon also makes it neutralize acidity.
There’s one more benefit to water melon and that is – you can eat as much as you want of this fruit and it can only help you and have absolutely no adverse effects. Here’s a few ways in which you eat your watermelons.
- In the form of a juice after your meal, especially when it was spicy.
- As fruit slices before or after your meal.
- You can make a dessert out of your melons as well.
Additional care for acidity and heartburn
- Try not to eat too much spicy food.
- Have your meals regularly and never skip breakfast as the acids are their strongest at the very start of the day.
- Drinking plenty of water can keep your acid levels in check and hence, this is an important thing to do.
- Having a control on your smoking or drinking habits can help with your acidity.
- If your acid levels spike up very often and you have painful episodes, you should visit a physician.
If any of these remedies seem to be increasing your acidity levels or have caused any other reaction, you should consult a physician before you continue with their use. Most of these remedies are however devoid of side effects and are quite safe for use. Try them out and let us know if they’ve worked for you!
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