Hyperacidity

Hyperacidity

Formation of hydrochloric acid in the stomach to ease digestion is a common process. However, increased level of acid in the stomach causes hyperacidity.

Causes

Aggravation of Pitta Dosha in the body due to consuming foods that clash with your digestive system that should not be taken together such as milk and fish, milk and salt, etc. cause hyperacidity. Sour or spicy foods, refined flour products, white sugar products, smoking, tea, coffee and alcohol, eating during indigestion, suppressing natural urges, sleeping in daytime after meals, staying awake late night, stress, anger, hunger and excessive exposure to sun are some common causes for hyperacidity.

Symptoms

  • Stiffness in stomach
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Sour belching

Ayurvedic View

Hyperacidity or Amlapitta in Ayurveda is the increase of sourness and heat in the body. Aggravated Pitta causes production of ama (toxins) that get accumulated in the digestive channels and causes Hyperacidity. Ayurvedic treatment for Hyperacidity includes using cleansing herbs to eliminate toxins from the body channels.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid acid forming foods and drinks including tea, coffee and carbonated or alcoholic drinks.
  • Avoid processed and fermented foods.
  • Refrain from using ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes and vinegar during cooking.
  • Avoid eating foods with rich gravies, sour, salty and spicy foods.
  • Avoid curd at night.
  • Take meals at regular intervals in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Practice Yoga including Pranayama.

Home Remedies

  • Mix roasted cumin and coriander seeds with sugar and take half spoon of it 3 times a day.
  • Make a mixture of rock candy, fennel and green cardamom and consume 1 teaspoon with water or cold milk during heartburn.
  • Coconut water can be taken twice a day for relief from hyperacidity.