Are you fond of spicy and rich food? But afraid of the daunting gas and acidity problems after a rich meal. Don’t worry! Go further and treat your palates with any kind of food you are craving for. As these article will uncover some effective, simple and easy home remedies to treat acidity at home.
But before learning the remedies let’s get a brief idea about acidity. When we eat a food, it goes into stomach for digestion. Food is digested in the stomach with the help of acid (secreted by gastric glands in the stomach) which produces various digestive enzymes like pesin. These enzymes help in the breakdown of complex food particles in simple elements that can be easily absorbed by the body.
Therefore, acid plays an important role in food digestion. When acid is secreted in high quantity, it leads to acidity resulting in heartburn, dyspepsia and formation of ulcers. High intake of alcohol, spicy and oily food and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs give rise to acidity problem. Now let’s learn some home remedies to treat acidity at home.
Effective Home Remedies for Acidity
Clove is a wonderful remedy to control acidity. Chewing two to three cloves while slightly biting them with teeth gives relief from acidity.
Garlic has numerous health benefits. Besides controlling cholesterol and boosting immunity, it is also used as a useful remedy for acidity control. Garlic can be consumed for medicinal benefit in a number of ways.
Eat two cloves of raw garlic for acidity relief. You can eat a piece of bread or cracker along with garlic to suppress the bitter and pungent taste of raw garlic. Apply a paste of crushed garlic mixed with three drops of garlic oil and one and half cup of vegetable oil on the stomach after meals.
Chewing aniseeds after meals is a popular habit in India. Aniseeds are taken after meals due to the cooling effect of its juice on the stomach. Furthermore, it also helps in digestion and steals the burning sensation in the stomach due to excessive acid by soothing the stomach.
Unlike warm milk, drinking cold milk is extremely effective in acidity problem. It soothes the burning feeling in the stomach and esophagus. Cold milk slows down the acid formation in the stomach providing relief from the acidity problems. Drink cold milk added with jaggery to get instant relief from acidity. Jaggery adds sweet taste to the milk as well as imparts it cooling effects to the stomach.
Herbal tea is decaffeinated tea that effectively works for controlling acidity. Herbal teas like chamomile and cinnamon tea reduces the symptoms related with acidity like heartburn, painful feeling in the chest and throat.
Also, green teas are medicinally used to treat acidity since ancient times. They are rich in antioxidants that protect and soothe stomach and esophageal lining from burning pain due to acidity.
Ginger is a well-known ayurvedic remedy for treating acidity. It is popularly used in Indian homes for preparing food. Gingers are usually taken in different form soon after heavy meals to aid digestion. Take ginger tea for immediate relief from acidity.
To prepare ginger tea, put a few slices of ginger and one tablespoon of cinnamon powder in the tea cup. Then add boiling water to the cup and stir slowly. Let the liquid to cool down for sometimes. And drink the tea by slowing sipping it to get the full benefits of ginger tea.
Caraway seeds are also called by the name Shah jeera. It is one of the important spices used for preparing Mughlai dishes like biryani. Besides having a great flavor, it has the ability to prevent and reduce acidity. Since earlier times, it has been traditionally used to cure digestive problems like indigestion, colic, gingivitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
If you are suffering from regular acidity problem then try this simple recipe to consume caraway seed for acidity. Boil one and half liters of water along with one tablespoon of caraway seeds for 15 to 20 minutes. Now, let it cool down a bit and then sip the warm liquid two to three times a day for a week. You will surely notice a substantial difference in acidity problem.
Basil leaves carry many medicinal properties. This holy plant is effective in curing health problems. It is also used to relief acidity as it provides soothing effects on the esophagus and stomach. Basil can be consumed in a number of ways for controlling acidity. You can prepare basil tea by boiling few basil leaves with water for 15 to 20 minutes.
Then strain the leaves and drink the tea. You can also optionally add raw honey to the tea to give a sweeter taste. This tea can be consumed either warm or cold as well as chilled by adding a little ice. It can also be used for garnishing food while preparing meals. You can directly add dried basil leaves to the food or make a basil-infused with olive oil in blender and used to garnish your daily food.
Another way of including basil in your daily diet is add few fresh or dried basil leaves in your morning milk tea. In this way, your meals will have an herbal seasoning as well as its medicinal effects on the digestive system.
Yogurt and Butter Milk
Consuming yogurt or butter milk on regular basic is a great way to keep acidity away. Yogurt is used as an important ingredient in many dishes in Indian homes. It is also taken alone as drinks, raita or curry (made of curd and gram flour) which is all very good for digestion.
While taking it as a drink one can simply add a little salt and cumin powder and blend it in a blender with water. Drink it after every meal to check acidity problems. Including raita in your meals is also a wise decision as it significantly improves digestion by curing acidity.
Raita is prepared adding cucumber and jeera powder which also helps in treating acidity. Butter milk is another simple yet effective home remedy widely used for acidity.
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