Acidity is a set of symptoms caused by excess production of acid by the gastric glands of
the stomach. Your stomach naturally produces gastric or hydrochloric acid (HCl) to help
digest and break down food. Acidity issues arise when there is excess production of this
acid due to triggers such as acidic foods, alcohol, long gap between meals, tea/ coffee regularly, dehydration and stress.
While wrong food can trigger this problem there are certain foods, which help you get rid of acidity instantly and are easily available in your kitchen. Here is the list of some foods which are really beneficial for you.
BANANA – Best natural antacid that guard against acidity. It is an alkaline fruit which helps to neutralise the acid of stomach. Also they are high in fibre content which helps speed up digestion, preventing the recurrence of acidity. Eat bananas regularly to get rid of acid reflux completely and quickly.
BASIL LEAVES – The soothing properties of basil leaves can give you instant relief from acidity, gas and nausea. Tulsi leaves help stimulate your stomach to produce more mucous. Has anti ulcer properties and reduces the effect of gastric acids. Simply chew basil leaves thoroughly or you can boil 3-4 leaves in a cup of water for few minutes and sip it frequently.
BUTTER MILK – It contains lactic acid that normalises the acidity in the stomach. Have a glass of buttermilk after eating a heavy or spicy meal. Also you can add some black pepper or cumin seeds powder in it for better results.
JAGGERY – It has high magnesium content , helps boost intestinal strength thus aiding digestion. Also jaggery becomes alkaline in the digestive system and reduce acidity. Make a habit to suck on a piece of jaggery after your meal to cool of your stomach (people who have diabetes please don’t try this ).
COCONUT MILK – It has property to turn your body’s pH level from acidic to alkaline while also protecting the stomach from harmful affects of further acid production.
COLD MILK – Milk has a high amount of calcium that helps it prevent acid build up and absorbs the excess acid produced, thereby reducing the symptoms of acidity. It is thus one of the simple remedy when you have an acid attack, just reach out for a glass of cold milk and drink it right away. It is essential that you have the milk cold and without any additives like sugar. You could even mix it with a spoon of ghee to make the remedy even more effective.
FENNEL (SAUNF) – No wonder many of us (INDIANS) have a habit of chewing on saunf after meals, since it works best to prevent acidity. Has very potent anti-ulcer properties (due to the volatile oils it contains). Aids in digestion and relieves constipation. Also cool the lining of the stomach, reducing that burning sensation you feel during a bout of acidity. You can simply chew it or have fennel tea to keep digestive tract healthy and reduce feeling of indigestion and bloating.
CARDAMOM – Stimulates digestion and helps relieve stomach spams by soothing the inner lining of stomach. Whenever you feel about of acidity striking take two pods of cardamom, crush them coarsly and boil them in water. Cool and drink the juice to get instant relief.
JEERA – It has properties that stimulate the production of saliva which helps in better digestion, improves metabolism and relieves gas and other gastric troubles. You can chew a few seeds of jeera to relieve acidity or boil it in water and drink the solution when it has cooled down.
CLOVE – When bitten into your taste buds react cloves pungent taste and secrete excess saliva, which in turn aids digestion and beats the symptoms of acidity.Has carmitive properties and helps improve peristalisis (the movement of food down the stomach). In case you’re suffering from acidity, bite a clove once so that the juice is released and then keep it in the mouth. The slowly released juice will immediately lower acid reflux and give you some relief.
Try these amazing home remedies and get rid of acidity instantly. If you find this article useful then please write in comments below or if you know more remedies for this problem then please share with me.