Powerful home remedies for acidity that really work

Acidity is common problem that affects people of all ages. Your stomach normally secretes acid that is essential in the digestive process. This acid helps in breaking down the food during digestion. Stomach acids are necessary for the digestion of food. However, if too much acid develops in the stomach you may experience several painful or uncomfortable symptoms including gas and bloating, a burning feeling in your stomach.

Most people suffer from these symptoms from time to time, usually after eating certain foods, eating too quickly without chewing food well, or lying down too soon after eating. Whether you've overindulged in a spicy dish or a feast of fatty foods, whatever the reason may be, acidity can be quite an uncomfortable experience, and sometimes we are left with no option but to reach out for that bottle of antacid.

Acidity can be cured by natural home remedies that work better than your over the counter medications as well as don't have any ill-effects on your body.

Natural Home Remedies for acid reflux: easy ways to cure stomach acids

1) Drink water
Drink a full glass of water as soon as you get up in the morning to neutralize stomach acid. Drink 8 glasses of water daily. Water will help in flushing out the excess acid inside your stomach.

2) Mint leaves
This humble leaf has amazing properties that make it just the medicine to treat acidity. It also lowers the acid content of the stomach and improves digestion. Plus its cool effect helps to reduce the pain and burning associated with acid reflux. If you feel an attack coming on chop some mint leaves, add them to a pot of boiling water and drink this water after it cools.

3) Fennel(saunf)
Fennel helps aid digestion and thus provides relief from acidity. It is rich in volatile oils containing flavanoids, plamitic acid and many others, it is known to have very potent anti-ulcer properties. Apart from that it acts as a coolant for the lining of the stomach helping it to heal faster. In fact, this is why fennel is served after meals at restaurants in India.

when you have a bout of acidity, soak one teaspoon of fennel (saunf) in one cup of boiled water overnight. In the morning, strain the water, add a teaspoon of honey to it and sip it at least three times during the day. Or You can also chew them after eating a heavy or spicy meal. Chew them thoroughly so that the juice can soothe your stomach.

4) Clove 
It is a natural carmitive and helps improve peristalisis (the movement of food down the stomach) and also increase the production of saliva. It has a pungent taste when bitten into, and the taste buds react to this taste and secrete excess saliva, which in turn aids digestion. In case you’re suffering from acidity, bite a clove once so that the juice is released and then keep it in the mouth. The slowly escaping juice will immediately lower acid reflux and give you some relief.

5) Baking soda
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water until it dissolves completely and drink it to neutralize stomach acid. Add honey or lemon for taste if you want.

6) Basil Leaves
The medicinal properties of basil leaves will give you instant relief from acidity, gas and nausea. Simply eat some basil leaves thoroughly at the first sign of acid upset. Be sure to chew them thoroughly. You can also boil three to five basil leaves in a cup of water for 15 minutes. You can sweeten this basil tea with honey. Do not add milk, though. Sip it frequently. For those who suffer from acidity frequently, keep crushed and dried basil leaves handy which can be consumed with water or tea for instant relief.

7) Ginger
The anti-inflammatory properties in ginger help treat acidity. Ginger juice can also neutralize stomach acids.It also helps break down the proteins in your food. Ginger protects your stomach against ulcers by promoting mucus secretion thereby reducing the effect of the acid on the stomach. You can chew a piece of ginger for relief. If you find that too pungent, you can try boiling it in water and drinking the decoction. Another remedy is that you can crush ginger, mix it with a small piece of jaggery and keeping sucking on it allowing the juice to slowly reach the stomach.

8) Banana
Bananas are high in potassium which is an alkalizing mineral that has a high pH value. The higher the pH value, the lower the acidity, which is why the banana is a formidable antidote to acidity. They also have a component that makes the stomach lining produce more mucous. This mucous protects the inner lining of the stomach, reducing the damage caused due to acidity. 

It is high in fiber, which helps speed along digestion thus reducing the further recurrence of acidity. To make this remedy even more effective try and eat overripe bananas during an attack of acidity. They have higher amounts of potassium making it even more effective.

9) Cold milk
Milk has a high amount of calcium that helps it prevent acid build up and absorbs the excess acid produced thereby reducing the symptoms and the fact that it is cold provides instant relief from the burning sensation one feels during acid reflux. It is essential that one has this cold and without any additives like sugar.

10) Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is good for various stomach problems including acidity. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, you can use white vinegar. Simply mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of honey into a glass or water and drink it before eating a meal. Alternatively, you can take 2 teaspoons of apple cider straight or mix it into anything you are eating or drinking.

So next time you suffer from acidity try these home remedies and get relief.

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