Tired of constantly battling the symptoms of acidity? Here are some simple and natural remedies to help you find relief.
Acidity can strike at the worst of times. You may have partaken of an indulgent meal and now have the symptoms of acidity. Or perhaps you have been working irregular hours and eating equally irregularly, it can strike then too. Rather than take a few over-the-counter tablets to counter the symptoms, here are some home remedies for you.
Mentioned in Ayurveda as a soothing source of nutrition, buttermilk is the remedy to chaos in your stomach after a spicy or heavy meal. The lactic acid in the buttermilk stabilizes the acidity and provides quick relief from the pain.
- Cold milk
The effect of cold milk on acidity is two-fold: it stabilizes gastric acids while also preventing the build-up of acid in the stomach due to high calcium content.
The humble banana acts like a natural antacid to sooth discomfort and prevent acid reflux. It could well be said that a banana a day keeps acidity away.
- Coconut water
A favorite with the locals in tropics, sipping on coconut water aids digestion and increases the alkaline levels in the body. It also increases the production of mucous in the stomach, which acts as a buffer against excess acid production.
Popularly known as ‘saunf’, fennel is traditionally eaten after an Indian meal for gastrointestinal benefits. Chewing a teaspoon of fennel or sipping on fennel tea gives relief from the ill-effects of indigestion.
The Indian spice rack contains may wonder drugs and cinnamon is just one of them. Cinnamon tea improves digestion, soothes acidity and cures infections of the gastrointestinal tract.
In traditional Indian and Chinese medicinal systems, cloves are used to treat digestive disorders. Cloves prevent flatulence and bloating by preventing gas formation in the stomach. Chewing on cloves soothes acidity and counters bad breath.
- Cumin seeds
Add roasted, crushed cumin to a glass of water and drink after every meal. Cumin seeds, also known as ‘jeera’, aid digestion and prevent acidity.
- Basil leaves
Basil leaves are very effective in reducing stomach bloating and gas due to acidity. For quick relief, chew on a few leaves or add to boiled water at the first sign of stomach trouble.
Jaggery is a sweet remedy for reducing stomach acidity and strengthening the digestive system. The high magnesium content and cooling properties of jaggery make it a very effective digestive aid.
This knobby, strong-smelling root is often drunk with tea for its numerous health benefits. Ginger has anti-inflammatory and acid neutralization properties which not just soothes acidity but also prevents the formation of stomach ulcers in the long run.
This home-grown remedy provides instant relief from the burning sensation brought on by an attack of acidity. Chew on a few leaves or add to boiling water and sip slowly.
- Mint leaves
Another home-grown remedy, mint leaves (or pudina) improves digestion by lowering the acid secretion of the stomach. Boil a few leaves and drink the water after it cools to get the full benefits of this wonder leaf.
A daily helping of this Indian gooseberry is known to keep acidity at bay by healing the digestive system and resolving indigestion.
Make sure that you drink enough water through the day. Water helps neutralize stomach acid and rinses out the gastrointestinal tract, providing relief from acid reflux symptoms. So, the next time you suffer from a bout of acidity, head for the kitchen instead of the chemist and reach for a natural therapy which has been around for an eternity.