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Acidity - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Acidity is a medical condition which is caused due excess production of acid. This acid is produced by the glands of the stomach. Acidity causes signs such as ulcers in the stomach, gastric inflammation, heartburn and dyspepsia. It is usually caused due to several factors such as irregular eating pattern, lack of physical sports or activities, alcohol consumption, smoking, stress, fad diets and poor eating habits. People are more prone in developing acidity in places where people consume more non vegetarian, spicy and oily food. A lot of medications such as NSAID (Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can also make an individual more susceptible in developing gastric acidity. Acidity is characterized by a deep burning sensation after consuming a heavy meal. Indigestion and constipation is also common in people who have acidity. It can be cured by Home Remedies or by consuming antacids and implementing healthy. A technique known as endostism also provides immense relief from acid reflux. Common signs of acidity include indigestion, nausea, sour taste in the mouth, constipation, restlessness and burning sensation in the stomach & throat.

What causes acidity?

Our stomach usually produces gastric acids which help in digestion. The corrosive effects of these acids are balanced by the production of prostaglandins and natural bicarbonate which are secreted in the mucous lining. This damages the stomach lining and causes acidity. Other factors which cause acidity include:

  • Consuming non-vegetarians and spicy foods.
  • Excessive stress.
  • Consuming too much alcohol.
  • Smoking frequently
  • Stomach disorders such as stomach tumors, gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcers.
  • Medications such as NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
  • Treatment for acidity:

    Acidity can be cured by consuming antacids that contain aluminium, calcium or magnesium. Many times, H2 receptor blockers (histamine blocking agents) like nizatidine, famotidine, ranitidine and cimetidine are used. Proton pump inhibitors is also prescribed by the doctor if you have severe acidity. Acidity can also be treated by Home Remedies such as consuming bananas, cold milk, aniseeds, cumin, cardommon, cloves, mint leaves and ginger. You can also prevent acidity by avoiding spicy foods or pickles during meals, eating more vegetables and fruits, not consuming non vegetarian food, avoiding medications such as NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) & steroids and reducing stress.

    Sometimes acidity can also be caused by consuming food just before sleeping. This provokes the stomach enzymes to flow back to your esophagus and cause acid reflux. This can be extremely detrimental for health.

Treatable by medical professional Usually self diagnosable Lab test not required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Burning sensation in the stomach Burning sensation in the throat. Belching.

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Acidity During Pregnancy - How To Deal With It?

Dr. Tripti Raheja 89% (10 ratings)
M.R.C.O.G. (LONDON) Gold Medalist, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology , MBBS
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Acidity During Pregnancy - How To Deal With It?
If you are experiencing heartburn during pregnancy, it is important for you to know about the ways of dealing with it. Heartburn, which is a fiery, painful sensation, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) starts leaking or relaxing. This makes your stomach acids to flow up into the esophagus, resulting in acidity or heartburn. Pregnant women are more susceptible to heartburns because the relaxing hormone slows down the rate of digestion, thereby keeping food in the stomach for longer duration and triggering acidity. Here are the various measures you should take for dealing with acidity during pregnancy: Follow regular eating patterns: Overeating triggers heart burns, and hence, you should eat less. During pregnancy, there is much less space in the stomach for it to expand. Maintaining a healthy diet in lesser quantities will help you in eliminating the heartburn throughout your pregnancy. You should eat several small meals a day instead of having two or three large meals. It is easier for your body to digest smaller meals. Avoid trigger foods: You need to identify the common foods, which trigger your heartburn, and eliminate them from your diet. You should abstain from consuming acidic food items like tomatoes, citrus fruits, fried and spicy food, coffee, carbonated drinks, and alcohol. Focus on fluids: A liquid diet causes much lesser problems compared to solid food products as they can move through your stomach quickly. You should consume milkshakes, soups, yoghurt, smoothies, puddings, and protein shakes. Try to take liquids, which are rich in protein like dairy products. While having solid foods, ensure that you chew them very well. Sleep properly: In order to avoid heartburn during the night, you must not eat anything three hours before going to sleep. You should make the head of your bed elevated by placing books or any solid object under the bed s legs. You should sleep on your left side, which will make it difficult for stomach acids to travel up to your esophagus. Sit or stand up right after a meal: After taking any meal, you should take a short walk, undertake some housework, or sit down for a while. Avoid lying down, and abstain from doing anything for which you have to bend over. Wear comfortable clothes: You should wear loose-fitting clothes for dealing with acidity or heartburn during pregnancy. Tight clothing puts extra pressure on your abdomen, which is already crammed. This is capable of worsening acid reflux. Therefore, you should choose loose fitting maternity wear for eliminating acidity and heartburn.
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Acidity - 11 Quick Ways To Deal With It!

Dr. Satish Kumar Gadi (Lt Col) 91% (119 ratings)
MBBS, MBA - Health Care Administration
General Physician, Gurgaon
Acidity - 11 Quick Ways To Deal With It!
The stomach produces strong hydrochloric acid which plays a major role in the digestive process. This acid is contained within the stomach by the closing of a valve in the lower oesophagus. A higher-than-normal concentration of the acid is quite common and it could be due to various reasons that cause acidity, some common ones being obesity, eating large meals, certain acidic foods like citrus fruits, alcohol, smoking, pregnancy and aerated beverages. The symptoms of acidity include heartburn, a bloated feeling in the stomach, burping, hiccups, nausea and weight loss. An important thing to notice is that acidity is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying disease. Unless there are serious structural issues, most cases of acidity can be managed with dietary and lifestyle changes. Some of the best, yet simple and effective ways to deal with acidity are listed below. Habit of eating smaller, but frequent meals. Eating one large meal is one of the main causes of acidity. Eating smaller frequent meals gives the stomach time to digest the food and also avoid acidity. Avoid eating close to bedtime. When you go to bed with a stomach full of food, you are sure to end up with acidity. A minimum of 3 hours should lapse between the last meal and the bedtime. This gives sufficient time for the stomach to clear the contents. Sleep with the head of the bed slightly elevated. Raising the head of the bed ensures there is no regurgitation of food, thereby preventing acidity. Daytime nappers with acidity issues can try to sleep in a recliner or on a chair to prevent acidity attacks. Manage weight through weight loss measures including diet and exercise. Obesity is one of the main reasons for acidity, and managing weight can help control acidity. Smoking is a major cause of acidity. The negative pressure created during smoking helps regurgitation of acid, causing heartburn. Quitting smoking can help relieve long-term acidity symptoms. Alcohol is another substance that aggravates acidity, and reducing or quitting can help in relieving acidity. Baking soda, aloe juice, banana, chewing gum, mustard, almonds, and chamomile are some natural remedies to relieve acidity. Most people have certain foods which are the triggers for acidity. Identifying these and avoiding these can also be a good way to manage acidity. Acidity is a major concern during pregnancy. The bloated feeling is worsened by the acidity and the developing baby. Clothes which have tight belts or are tight around the waist can be another reason for acidity. While acidity is a common issue, it also is something that can be easily managed. Try the above measures and see your heartburn reduce.
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Acute Attack Of Acidity

Dr. Ashwin Nirmal 88% (198 ratings)
Ayurveda, Jamnagar
Acute Attack Of Acidity
During acute attack of acidity one should chew 4 - 5 nos. of cloves with sugar (mishri not white and refined sugar which is used in daily routine tea, sweet etc.). It's found very quick relief in sever and frequent attacks of hyperacidity.
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Gastritis - Symptoms And Its Ayurvedic Treatment!

Dr. Richa Sharma Khare 87% (103 ratings)
Panchkarma Course, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
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Gastritis - Symptoms And Its Ayurvedic Treatment!
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian life science that requires you to make various lifestyle changes along with the use of medication that is based on herbs and condiments with massages and Yogic postures. This field of medicine believes in getting to the root of the problem so as to cure it and prevent it in the future as well. Gastritis is no different and enjoys the same kind of attention when it comes to Ayurveda. Here is everything you need to know about the Ayurvedic perspective of gastritis: Definition: As per Ayurveda, signs and syptoms of Amlapitta are like gastritis, which can lead to the occurrence of stomach ulcers when the inflammation of the stomach lining goes untreated for a prolonged period of time. This inflammation is the basic outcome of the condition. Causes: As per Ayurveda imbalance of tridoshas is the cause of any disease. Problems in the Vata and Pitta Dosha, can cause this condition of Alapitta or gastritis. Also, a build up of Ama or toxins due to poor digestive health, can lead to the occurrence of this disease. As per Ayurveda, there are many reasons that may cause this toxin build up and the imbalance in the Tridosha. This includes eating spicy food on a regular or frequent basis and taking too many drugs like pain killers and analgesics which can lead to this condition. Also, too much of alcohol consumption and greasy food can cause gastritis. Further, one of the main causes of gastritis as per Ayurveda, is the presence of too much stress and worry, and the lack of a proper routine when it comes to eating, sleeping and exercising. Symptoms: The main symptoms include appetite loss and nausea, as well as discomfort and pain in the abdomen. Gastrointestinal bleeding and blood discharge may also occur for patients suffering from this condition. Headaches and vomiting are also common symptoms of this condition. Medication: There are various Ayurvedic medicines that can help in treating this condition. Dadima Ghrita is ghee based preparation that can be taken every morning with a glass of warm milk in order to activate the digestive fires and improve the digestive powers. The difference can usually be seen in a matter of days. Herbs like Amla(Indian goose berry), mulethi(Liquorice), Neem(Azadiracta Indica), Munakka( Big raisins), Shatavari(Asparagus recemosus), Trifla are very useful in treating Amlapitta. Lemon juice, ajwain, amla and ginger are also helpful in indigestion and cures Amlapitta indirectly. Lifestyle Changes: Avoiding spicy and greasy food as well as stopping alcohol abuse and smoking can help in curing this condition. One should also stay away from excessively stressful mental and physical tasks. Taking the right steps at the right time for a proper routine with good habits can help in treating this condition as per Ayurveda.
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Acidity - Top 7 Home Remedies That Can Help!

Dr. Rajwinder Kaur 91% (39 ratings)
Ayurveda, Ludhiana
Acidity - Top 7 Home Remedies That Can Help!
Acidity is an ailment that troubles most people regardless of the absence of any other medical condition. It causes discomfort in the chest region along with heart burn and indigestion. If you are distressed with acidity, you may consider undergoing Ayurvedic treatment which would help in alleviating the problem to a great extent. 1. Tulsi leaves: Tulsi leaves help in stimulating the stomach for production of more mucus and are also rich in anti-ulcer properties which cause a significant reduction in the effects of gastric acid. It is recommended to chew 5 to 6 clean Tulsi leaves when you have acidity to soothe the stomach. 2. Bananas: The potassium content in ripe bananas helps in eliminating sudden bouts of acidity. Bananas also aid in relieving constipation problems and cause healthy bowel movement. 3. Cumin seeds: Cumin seeds which are commonly used in cooking dishes have anti-inflammatory properties that aid in soothing the digestive tract. These stimulate saliva production, boost metabolism and relieve the problem of bloating along with other discomforts caused by gastric troubles. You may chew a few cumin seeds when troubled with acidity or boil them in water and drink the solution. 4. Cold milk: The richness of calcium in milk aids in reducing acid problems and absorbing the acid which has already been produced. It helps in providing instant relief from the burning sensation owing to its coldness. But it is important to drink it plain without any additives like sugar. 5. Cloves: Cloves are known for their calmative properties which help to improve the process of peristalsis by which food moves down the stomach. When you put a clove in your mouth, just bite it once to help in releasing the extracts which would reach your digestive tract and immediately lower down the acid reflux. 6. Ginger: If you do not find raw ginger to be very pungent, you can keep a candied ginger slice in your mouth for instant relief from acidity. If you feel that you wouldn t be able to chew raw ginger, you can boil it in water and drink it after it cools down. Ginger can be also eaten with a small piece of jaggery to help the juice reach the stomach and alleviate the acidity. 7. Mint leaves: Commonly referred to as pudina , mint leaves are known for lowering the acid content and improve digestion. If you feel that an acid attack is imminent, you can chop down a few mint leaves and boil it in water and drink the solution for eliminating bloating problems. These few Ayurvedic remedies can help in soothing acidity along with its other symptoms.
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