Heartburn, acidity, gastric reflux all are very common problems which all of us face some time or the other. There are 2 solutions to the problem instant and long term (curing it from the root of the problem).
How it Happens?
Many reasons have been indicated for acidity, like presence of helicobacter pylorus, high hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach, functional problems with the stomach valve (which puts a lid on the contents when the food churns) to much fried food, and eating a big meal and sleeping are related to acidity.
Eat a chilled banana, drink bael juice, chilled curd (though in the long run dairy is linked to causing acidity in dairy allergic) chilled sabudana kheer. If nothing is available, drink lots of water.
Long Term Solution:
The permanent solution to this problem lies in treating the root cause of the problem.
These few steps are sure to give relief:
- Begin the day with 1⁄2 a cup of raw cabbage juice (ayurveda endorses it besides many western naturopaths) or white petha juice, they lower the acid content.
- Drink a minimum of 3 glasses of water in the morning and follow up with a biscuit and a very light tea (with milk added later if required) and if you can avoid tea – all the better.
- If you are not used to a breakfast, start with a fruit like banana/papaya (Acidity gets worse with an empty stomach).
- Acidity frequently is caused by dairy so give up dairy for a fortnight and see the effect.
- Have rice instead of wheat for a week and see if the acidity comes down (if boiled rice is unattractive go for dosa, idli without sambhar, poha, rice noodles).
- Avoid fried food for a week and instead, munch on rice and chana roasted together with a dash of oil and curry patta, salt to taste.
- Avoid cauliflower, rajma, heavy dals as it brings up gas with acidity.
If the problem persists for long, it is recommended to consult a Gastroenterologist.