How To Cope With Acidity and Acid Reflux?

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Unhealthy eating practices, sedentary lifestyle, stress and certain medical conditions ( like peptic ulcer) are some of the common causes of bouts of acidity and acid reflux. The stomach produces gastric acids that help in the digestion of the food we consume naturally. However, there are times when these cells produce gastric acids in excess and cause a burning sensation around the abdomen and chest.


Burning pain or discomfort ( also called heartburn) progressing towards the middle of the abdomen and chest. Misnomer by nature, it does not in anyway affect the heart.

Regurgitation or Reflux is the sensation of acid backing up into the throat or mouth and producing a sour or bitter taste.

Nausea, bloating, upper abdominal pain and bitter burping.


-The stomach produces gastric acids to help in digestion.The corrosive effects of these acids is neutralized by the production of natural bicarbonate and prostaglandins secreted in the mucous lining.

-When the production of these chemicals is interrupted then it causes damage to the lining of the stomach, leading to acidity.

-The most common causes are stress, having spicy, oily foods, smoking, alcohol intake, stomach problems like peptic ulcer, gastro-esophageal reflux disease and medications like painkillers.


– Avoid excessive intake of oily and spicy foods. Relatively difficult to digest, these foods demand the release of more acids.

-Your diet should have optimum portions of fiber, carbohydrates and fats. A fiber rich diet aids the process of digestion.

-Have small, frequent meals throughout the day to avoid excessive acid secretion.

-Avoid intake of caffeinated drinks such as teas and coffee, carbonated drinks, alcohol and smoking.

-Take over the counter antacid medications to relieve pain and discomfort.

-Post meals, maintain an upright position for at least 45 minutes.

-Do not overeat. It puts direct load on the digestion process and causes the body to secrete excess of acid.

-Raise the head end of your bed by  6-8 inches by putting pillows/ cushions to prevent acid reflux.

-Water is the best natural remedy for acidity. You must aim to consume close 7-8 glasses (2-3 liters) of water everyday.

-Include foods such as oatmeal, ginger (anti-inflammatory properties), salads, banana, melons and fennel in your daily diet.

-Herbs such as cardamom and mint serve as immediate relief from acidity and associated pain.

Also Read: Cardamom Benefits

-However, if your symptoms persist beyond 2-3 weeks, you must consult a doctor.

So, if you get symptoms of acidity off and on, follow these simple and effective measures for relief from your symptoms. Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!

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