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Acidity - How Lifestyle & Diet Changes Can Help?

Dr. Jiva Ayurveda 91% (130 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Chandigarh
Acidity - How Lifestyle & Diet Changes Can Help?

Gastritis/ acidity is usually mild and can be cured easily by following better food habits and regular healthy lifestyle. However, sometime gastritis can cause pain in the upper part of the abdomen and may lead to stomach ulcers. Few over-the-counter (otc) antacid medicines and a set of do's and don'ts can relieve gastritis.

Some of the lifestyle and dietary changes are as follows:

Lifestyle / dietary changes:

  1. Excess spicy food and use of painkillers, alcohol, cigarettes and acidic beverages lead to symptoms of gastritis. To get rid of symptoms of gastritis, one should follow these simple remedies.
  2. Eat food in smaller quantity and switch to several small meals.
  3. Painkillers lead to ulcers in your stomach and cause bleeding. So, avoid unnecessary use of painkillers.
  4. Kapalabhati, bhastrika and anulomaviloma yoga increases movement of body and organs, helpful in the treatment of gastritis.

Foods to be taken:
A healthy meal plan with low unhealthy fat, salt, and added sugar helps in relieving gastritis. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat dairy foods. Lean meat, poultry (chicken and turkey), fish, beans, eggs, and nuts are also advised to gastritis patients.

  1. Fruits: Fruits contain vitamins, minerals, fibers and antioxidants should be the part of the diet plan.
  2. Rice gruel: Rice gruel helps in the formation of watery gastric juice and reduces the acidity level within the stomach. Only rice that has been aged for one year must be used. Wheat and barley are beneficial.
  3. Vegetables: Garlic and onion limit the growth of bacteria. Carrot juice, spinach juice, pumpkin, bitter gourd (kaakarakaya), cucumber (dosakaya), and green banana are effective. Broccoli is effective against h. Pylori bacteria in the stomach lining.
  4. Dairy products: Calcium and vitamin d in milk reduce the stomach acids and gives relief to the stomach but, it should be with low content fat.
  5. Grains: Whole wheat chapattis, pasta, noodles made from whole grains should be included in the diet. Refined flour (maida) products should be strictly avoided. Limit the consumption of whole grain chapattis to about 2 chapattis, per day.
  6. Green coconut water: Drink green coconut water, as it provides the stomach with the necessary rest, vitamins, and minerals which provide an excellent and easy remedy for gastritis.

Foods to be avoided:
Several foods produce a large amount of acid in your stomach leading to gastritis. You should avoid intake of such foodstuffs in your diet:

  1. Salty and spicy foods
  2. Vinegar and vinegar based food items.
  3. Aerated drinks, citrus juices, caffeine.
  4. High fat/cholesterol contained food items.
  5. Beef, fried fish, and pork.
  6. Baked products like cookies, cakes, chocolates.

Medical treatments

Medical therapies/ options:
Several allopathic medicines are used for the treatment of gastritis, but their prolonged use can lead to problems like weak bones, constipation, vomiting. Antibiotics are used to kill h. Pylori bacteria, which causes ulcers and gastritis in your digestive tract. Antacids normalize acid production by blocking the action of the parts of cells that produce acids. Ulcer healing agents protect the tissues that line your stomach and small intestine. Besides these, surgery is preferred in complicated cases of gastritis like pus or mucous filled infections in stomach and intestines.

Ayurvedic and herbal therapies:
In Ayurveda, gastritis is known as urdhavaga amalapitta. It is caused in people who have pitta dosha, which means disturbance in the digestion of food leading to indigestion. When the pitta dosha gets increased in such people, there are greater chances of getting gastritis. Ayurvedic preparations like dhaatriloha, sukumaraghrita, sootashekhara rasa, kaamadudha rasa, leela vilas rasa, chandrakala rasa, amalakichoorna, triphalachoornaand amalapittantaka rasa are beneficial in gastritis. If there is constipation along with gastritis, then avipattikarachoorna is taken as the medicine of choice.

Few herbs that are beneficial for gastritis patients are

  1. Cardamom (ilaayachee): soothes the stomach. It is especially beneficial if the gastritis causes heartburn.
  2. Fennel (sauph): is digestive, traditionally used by Indians. Fennel gives the soothing effect to the stomach, facilitates digestion, reduces flatulence and relieves the stomach of excess acidity.
  3. Ginger (adrakh): it is effective in treating indigestion that is associated with gastritis. It is especially useful for people who consume more of a non-vegetarian food.
  4. Amla: Amla is very beneficial in the treatment of several stomach ailments including gastritis.
  5. Sandalwood (chandan): helps in gastritis because it has cooling properties. It can soothe the stomach muscles inflamed by gastritis.
  6. Asparagus: it's roots are effective in reducing the hyperacidity of the digestive system.
  7. Licorice (mulethi) root powder: the root of the licorice soothes the injury of the stomach and also reduces the h pylori.
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Hello sir I use to had a severe pain in the chest left arm and I use to get dyspepsia too I use to feel like its an heart attack but this pain lasts till now sometimes when I visited to the doctor he said its an acidity but sometimes I regularly occur so I just wanted to know is that really because of that so mostly it happens during night time which bothers me a lot. Suggest me with the same.

Dr. P.N.Chandran 91% (478 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Alternate Medicine
Homeopath, Thrissur
Hello sir I use to had a severe pain in the chest left arm and I use to get dyspepsia too I use to feel like its an h...
Dyspepsia certainly causes chest discomfort like angina pectoris. It may radiate to back -neck-too and to arm. Keep away the condition called Indigestion by taking only simple foods. Avoid all spicy - masala acidic foods. Switch to alkaline foods. Medicine has short span role: the food has to be managed properly and timely. Take food only and when you hungry. Avoid late night food too.
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Hi, Sir/Mam ,I am suffering from Gas ,Acidity and food swallowing problem about 2 Month ,I consult a doctor they do endoscopy and told me bacterial infection in stomach and throat and gave me Nexpro HP kit for 7 days, I completed the course but same problem still.

Dr. Ankur Mathur 88% (346 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Ajmer
Hi, Sir/Mam ,I am suffering from Gas ,Acidity and food swallowing problem about 2 Month ,I consult a doctor they do e...
Gas, bloating may also be due to indigestion. Digestive enzymes may help you. You may further consult me for the same.
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I am suffering from acidity and loose motion from last 7 days my test for liver function is normal doctor prescribe me oflox oz, intra flora n rabeprazole dsr but in vain can you please suggest me regarding this tnx.

Dr. Ajit Thakur 87% (167 ratings)
MD - General Medicine, MBBS, IDCCM
General Physician, Delhi
I am suffering from acidity and loose motion from last 7 days my test for liver function is normal doctor prescribe m...
Stop taking antibiotics if there is no evidence of bacterial infections like many pus cells in stool or raised total and polymorphonuclear cells in complete hologram/ CBC. Rest same to continue.
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8 Food Types That You Must Avoid Empty Stomach!

Dt. Divya Gandhi 82% (102 ratings)
Diploma In Diet & Nutrition, Diploma In Dietitics, Health & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
8 Food Types That You Must Avoid Empty Stomach!

Do you know not all foods can be consumed on an empty stomach? So, it is imperative you should be aware of such items and restructure your breakfast menu accordingly. Here is a list of foods to avoid on an empty stomach. Stay away from the following foods when you eat after a considerable gap

  1. Citrus fruits: Citrus fruits contain fruit acids. When these acids enter an empty stomach, they can lead to heartburn. Hence, if eaten after a prolonged period after a meal, a person is at risk of gastritis and stomach ulcers.
  2. Soda: Consuming cold soda drinks on an empty stomach may cause damage to the mucosal membrane while reducing blood flow to the stomach. This may lead to a slowed down digestive process and difficulty in the abdomen.
  3. Spicy foods: Spicy foods are known to cause irritation and damage to the digestive tract, and this is especially not recommended for people who suffer from acid reflux issues since very spicy food leads to consequences such as acid reflux in the food pipe.
  4. Cucumber and other green vegetables: Green vegetables and cucumber are rich in amino acids. If consumed on an empty stomach it may very well lead to pain and bitterness in the upper abdomen.
  5. Tomato: Tomato is a fruit containing high levels of tannin. Tannin causes acidity in an empty stomach and leads to consequences and appearance of gastritis if frequently consumed in such a manner.
  6. Fermented milk products: Fermented milk products such as yogurt typically come with loads of health benefits being full of probiotics. But if consumed on an empty stomach it can interfere with the balance of healthy bacteria as the hydrochloric acid produced tends to be destructive.
  7. Sweets: Items such as candy or sweetmeats contain high levels of sugar and cause a sudden and sharp surge of insulin levels in the blood. Over a long period, this has a bad effect on the pancreas.
  8. Products containing yeast: Edible items such as biscuits, puff pastry, vinegar and beverages such as beer and wine contain yeast which can significantly irritate the stomach and cause bloating.

So, be a little conscious and avoid consuming these items on an empty stomach since a little effort goes a long way.

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7 Amazing Home Remedies for Acidity (Heartburn)!

Dr. Mit S Shah 90% (116 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
7 Amazing Home Remedies for Acidity (Heartburn)!

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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Hyper acidity, stomach pain burn on stomach and heart, also burning in urine please suggest me.

General Physician, Kanpur
Hyper acidity, stomach pain burn on stomach and heart, also burning in urine please suggest me.
You are suffering from acidity problem with urinary tract infection. I need to know more about your symptoms to help you out better with medication.
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I have acid problems. My stomach too much heavy after eat. My tummy always feeling like burning inside. Feeling suffocated and pain in chest. High heart beat and bp. Chakkar atay hai.Please kuch suggest kare.

Dr. Paramjeet Singh 93% (1384 ratings)
MBBS, Dip.Cardiology, Fellowship in Clinical Cardiology(FICC), Fellowship in Echocardiology
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad
I have acid problems. My stomach too much heavy after eat. My tummy always feeling like burning inside. Feeling suffo...
What you are having is Gastroesophageal reflux disease Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach contents leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This can irritate the esophagus and cause heartburn and other symptoms. Causes When you eat, food passes from the throat to the stomach through the esophagus. A ring of muscle fibers in the lower esophagus prevents swallowed food from moving back up. These muscle fibers are called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When this ring of muscle does not close all the way, stomach contents can leak back into the esophagus. This is called reflux or gastroesophageal reflux. Reflux may cause symptoms. Harsh stomach acids can also damage the lining of the esophagus. The risk factors for reflux include: Use of alcohol (possibly) Hiatal hernia (a condition in which part of the stomach moves above the diaphragm, which is the muscle that separates the chest and abdominal cavities) Obesity Pregnancy Scleroderma Smoking Symptoms can also be caused by certain medicines Common symptoms of GERD include: Feeling that food is stuck behind the breastbone Heartburn or a burning pain in the chest Nausea after eating Less common symptoms are: Bringing food back up (regurgitation) Cough or wheezing Difficulty swallowing Hiccups Hoarseness or change in voice Sore throat Symptoms may get worse when you bend over or lie down, or after you eat. Symptoms may also be worse at night. If you are overweight or obese, in many cases, losing weight can help. Avoid drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Take acetaminophen to relieve pain. Take all of your medicines with plenty of water. When your doctor gives you a new medicine, ask whether it will make your heartburn worse. You may use over-the-counter antacids after meals and at bedtime, although the relief may not last very long. Common side effects of antacids include diarrhea or constipation. Other over-the-counter and prescription drugs can treat GERD. They work more slowly than antacids, but give you longer relief. Your pharmacist, doctor, or nurse can tell you how to take these drugs. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) decrease the amount of acid produced in your stomach H2 blockers also lower the amount of acid released in the stomach Anti-reflux surgery may be an option for people whose symptoms do not go away with lifestyle changes and medicines. Heartburn and other symptoms should improve after surgery. But you may still need to take drugs for your heartburn.
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My age is 34y men, my problem is acidity, stomach pain I have infected three times H pylori infection already used before six months pantocid HP kit but problem is same. So please advice. What can do. Thank you.

Dr. Emad Mohammed 90% (39 ratings)
General Physician, Hyderabad
My age is 34y men, my problem is acidity, stomach pain I have infected three times H pylori infection already used be...
Use h pylori treatment 3 times is unusual. It means the bacteria is resistant to the treatment. U might require to get tested for h. Pylori again in addition doing a culture and sensitivity, in order to find the antibiotic that is effective for you. Consult a gastroenterologist.
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