It is often seen that digestive issues are not given that much importance that they deserve. This is because most of the times uneasiness are temporary.Most of the times we tend to react only when the condition becomes too hurting to endure.
Probably the most common digestive disorder is acidity. Acidity can be defined as a digestive disease in where stomach acid or bile irritates the food pipe lining. Acidity causes heartburn, a burning feeling in the chest, stomach, and throat.
The causes of acidity can be an inactive lifestyle and having unhealthy eating habits like irregular meals, skipping meals and consuming spicy, oily and fast-food can cause acidity. Also, obesity, stress, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and prolonged use of certain medications such as painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs may lead to other digestive disorders.
Head of Medical Services & Clinical Development; The Himalaya Drug Company; Dr. Rajesh Kumawat, suggests a few changes in our daily activities that will help in dealing with acidity. They are as follows:
- Drink adequate water throughout the day, preferably 8-9 glasses.
- Reduce the intake of fried, fatty, spicy, and junk food.
- Avoid alcoholic, carbonated, and caffeinated drinks.
- Consume meals at regular intervals; avoid long gaps between meals.
Include fresh green salad in your diet (consume salad 15 minutes before your meal).
- Consume fresh fruits; however, avoid consumption of acidity-causing citrus fruits (such as oranges and lemons).
- Consume food two to three hours before going to bed.
- Exercise/light physical activity, yoga, meditate on a daily basis.
- Review your medicines (used for other ailments) regularly with your physician.
- Indian gooseberry, a herb also known as Amalaki or amla, is an antioxidant. It is effective in reducing the acid and normalising mucin (that protects the internal layer of the stomach) content in the stomach.
- Cowrie shell ash or Vatika is well-known for its antacid and digestive properties. It is useful for symptomatic relief from gastritis, hyperacidity, heartburn, and indigestion.
Here are few Ayurvedic Herbs that help in managing acidity:
The soothing properties of basil leaves will give you immediate relief from acidity. When you get the first sign of gas, take a few basil leaves or you can boil 3-4 basil leaves in a cup of water and you can take it after some time. Keep on taking it frequently.
One can also chew sauf after meals. This prevents you from stomach acidity. Say Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat. It is very effective for your gastrointestinal health.
This modest spice works as a natural antacid for stomach acidity and also keeps the stomach healthy by improving the digestion and absorption system.
Ginger is something that has been used a very useful herb from times immemorial. Ginger has got very effective digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in reducing the effect of stomach acids. A slice of fresh ginger or a spoonful of ginger juice two-three times a day keeps a doctor away!!