Homemade remedies for stomach acidity
First of all, it is important to distinguish between stomach acidity and stomach ulcer, which is a more serious condition.
When suffering from acidity, pain decreases as soon as you get eat food, but when having a stomach ulcer, pain increases while taking food.
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The causes of stomach acidity can be of nervous origin which makes the stomach segregates a greater amount of gastric acids than needed, or it can be also product of eating excessively, eating spicy food or drinking alcohol intake. Stomach acidity is characterized by a burning pain in the abdomen area.
However, if you suffer from acidity three or four times a week during several weeks, you should visit a doctor.
Homemade remedies to fight acidity
- Plenty of water.
Drink a big glass of cold water when you start feeling pain in order to carry the acids to the stomach where they get dissolved.Drinking plenty of water at meals also helps wash gastric acids.
- Apple vinegar for acidity.
Place two teaspoons of apple vinegar in a glass of water and drink slowly.
- Anise infusion.
Make a tea adding two teaspoons of anise in a cup of boiling water. Let it sit for 10 minutes and drink.
- Infusions to control acidity.
- Mix from five to ten teaspoons of star anise with a tablespoon of mint and boil the mixture in a liter of water. Drink two or three cups of this preparation per day.
- Boil a tablespoon of mint and a tablespoon of chamomile in a liter of water. Drink this infusion three times a day.
- Ginger tea.
Make a tea with two teaspoons of ginger root (previously grated) in a cup of boiling water. Let it sit for 10 minutes and drink it before going to bed.
- Papaya juice.
Drink ½ glass of papaya juice ½ an hour after lunch to avoid the burning sensation.
- Fruits and vegetables.
It is advisable to take raw fruit, salads and sweet almonds. However, in certain cases the stomach is hurt, so it is necessary to start eating cooked fruit first and gradually start eating raw fruit according to how the patient tolerate the food.
- Cinnamon and cardamom.
Other infusions that also help to control acidity are the cinnamon and cardamom teas. To make these teas, you should add a teaspoon of any of those herbs in a cup of boiling water and let it sit. Then, drink the infusion.
- Antiacid juice.
Mix the juice of 4 carrots and 2 lettuce leaves in a blender. Add a cup of water and blend for 5 minutes. Then, strain the resulting preparation and drink every morning.
Eat a bowl of oat every morning.
- Fenugreek or Alholva seeds.
Drink a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds mix with water or juice before meals.
- Panela or cloves.
Suck a piece of panela or one clove.
- Mugwort or wormwood tea.
Drink a mugwort tea mixed with lemon juice and a pinch of sodium bicarbonate.
- Do exercise: People who exercise regularly almost never suffer from acidity. Even gentle exercise, such as daily walking can relieve digestive problems. However, avoid doing exercise right after a meal.
- Get rid of acidity using neutralizers.
- Chew antiacid gum or suck your favourite candy, the idea is to increase salivation.
- Mix a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate with some lemon juice drops in ½ cup of warm water. Lemon is good at removing the gas produced by the bicarbonate when it reaches the stomach.
- Coffee, spicy food, citrus fruits, carbonated drinks, raw onions and high fat content food should be forbidden.
- Do not lie down or get down after a meal, so that the food will stay in the stomach and not in the esophagus. Intake food, at least two hours before lying down.
- Avoid wearing tight dresses or tight belts. Tight clothes, such as trousers, panties, or tight belts (especially, after a meal) make it easier for acid to go to the esophagus.
- Milk will sometimes make it worse. Although milk can initially reduce the burning sensation, its calcium stimulates the acid segregation of the stomach.
- Reduce sugar and chocolate consumption, as it can cause gastric irritation and reflux.
- Reduce alcohol consumption, and if necessary, avoid it completely.
- Do not smoke because nicotine, tar and other substances that cigarettes contain irritate the gastric mucosa.
- In order to control acidity, sleep with a slightly elevated pillow (15 cms approximately) or place some bricks under the matress to elevate the headboard area about 10 cms.
- Eat small portions of food every two or three hours without reaching a satiety or fullness sensation.
- Final Recommendation
"Please read the final recommendations before applying any of these homemade remedies for stomach acidity."
If stomach acidity continues, it is important to visit a doctor as it can be any other disease symptom, such as hiatal hernia, esophagitis (esophagus swelling) or stomach or duodenum ulcer (part of the small intestine).
If acidity is accompanied with any of the following symptoms, you should visit a doctor, as soon as possible.
- Difficulty or pain when swallowing.
- Blood vomiting.
- Black or bloody stool.
- Absence of breath.
- Neck pain.