What Is Acidity?

Acidity, also known as acid reflux, is the condition when acids from the stomach rise up the esophagus (commonly known as food pipe). This gives rise to an uncomfortable sensation in the esophagus which is characterized by an uneasy feeling in the gullet and sometimes even the regurgitating of acid in the mouth. This condition is also commonly known as heartburn.

If heartburn happens too often, i.e. more than twice a week, then you might be suffering from Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). In most cases, this is not a serious ailment, and can be cured by simple things such as modifying the diet and exercise.

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Health pack for Acidity

  • Divya-avipattikar-churnaDivya Avipatikar churan – Divya avipatikar churan, as the name suggests, is a herbal ayurvedic supplement that helps in taking us out of all vipattis(problems). It is a combination of 13 precious ayurvedic herbal herbs that not only helps in cooling down the body but also rectifies acidity. Avipatikar churan from baba ramdev’s patanjali is a high quality classical ayurvedic medicinal supplement that not only removes hyperacidity but also rectifies all sorts of digestive disorders including constipation.

  • divya-kamdudha-rasDivya Kamdudha ras – Divya kamdudha ras is another wonderful herbal supplement that has classical ayurvedic origin. It not only helps in improving acidic condition but is also helpful in reducing gas formation, pain in upper abdomen (epigastric region). It also helps in cooling down our digestive tract and is also helpful in improving liver functioning.

  • Divya Praval panchamrit rasDivya Praval panchamrit ras – Divya praval panchamrit ras is a wonderful herbal supplement that is helpful in reducing problems like hyperacidity, heartburn, Gerd and burning sensation in chest region. It is also helpful in improving digestion and strengthens liver.

  • Dmukta-shukti-bhasamivya mukta bhasam – Mukta pishti by Divya pharmacy patanjali is commonly known as moti bhasam. It is cool in nature and improves condition of burning sensation in upper region of stomach and chest. It is also helpful in removing pain in the epigastric region.

  • Divya Shankh bhasamDivya Shankh bhasam – Divya Shankh bhasam helps in removing indigestion and pain in abdomen. It is also helpful in neutralizing over acid secretion in the stomach thus giving relief from hyperacidity.

How to use Health pack for Hyper acidity

Mix all the ingredients 1 to 5 and consume ¾ teaspoon three times a day before meals.

How Does Acid Reflux Happen?

The passage of food takes place through the alimentary canal, which starts from the mouth, continues to the esophagus, the stomach, the small and large intestines, and finally the rectum. The stomach naturally secretes hydrochloric acid to digest the food. At the entrance of the stomach, a valve known as lower esophageal valve controls the entry of food into it. Now, if this valve does not close properly for whatever reason, the acid from the stomach can rise up into the esophagus.

This acid could take the undigested food with it as it rises up, and form bubbles. This is what leads to acid reflux.

Who Can Get Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is a very common phenomenon and it can occur in almost everybody. Six out of every ten Americans suffer from GERD at least once every year, with about two of them suffering it at least every month. This is quite an alarming statistic.

The following people are more vulnerable to this condition than others:-

  1. People who are overweight
  2. Pregnant women
  3. Smokers
  4. Alcoholics, and people who consume excessive caffeine
  5. People who do not have a regular meal timetable
  6. People whose diet consists of more spicy and oily foods
  7. People who are allergic to certain citrus fruits

How Do I Know I Have Acid Reflux?

To check whether you have acid reflux or not, you need to check on the following symptoms:-

  1. An uncomfortable feeling in the stomach or chest
  2. Regurgitation of bitter acid and food residues up the throat and in the mouth
  3. Excessive burping and belching
  4. Sensation of food particles being lodged in the esophagus
  5. Bloating of abdomen
  6. Sore throat
  7. Nausea and vomiting

When Does Acid Reflux Become Severe?

Acid reflux disease becomes severe if you have been persistently having this issue for several times a week. You can feel this as heartburn, which is the uncomfortable feeling riding up the esophagus, especially after a full meal.

This problem might occur because of a medical reason such as the inability of the lower esophageal valve to close completely.

How to Get Rid of Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is usually cured using very simple changes in the lifestyle. You can improve your exercising habits and have regular mealtimes. Avoid oily and spicy foods, and do not consume excessive alcohol. Smoking should be avoided if you suffer frequently from this condition.

In some cases, antacids can help. Have them according to the instructions on the label. No prescriptions are required.

If the problem is chronic, you will need medical attention. Antibiotics can usually treat even the most severe of acidity problems. It is only in very rare cases that surgery is employed, and that is only required if there is a defect of the lower esophageal valve.

All in all, by living healthy, you may never have to suffer from this condition at all.

Avoiding Food Triggers

Certain foods are known to increase the chances of having acid reflux problems. Though these foods differ from one person to another, which means one food might cause acid reflux in someone else but not in you, you need to know a list of these foods.

Observe if the following foods cause acid reflux in you, and if so, avoid them.

  1. Fatty foods or foods that have been fried in oil,
  2. Spicy foods
  3. Chocolate
  4. Foods with a sharp taste such as peppermint
  5. Tea and other caffeinated beverages

Foods that you find difficult to digest might cause you acid reflux problems. One way to identify this is to observe if you have a taste of any food you have eaten still in your mouth or throat after more than 4 hours of eating. If the taste persists, or if you get burps and belches that carry the taste of the food, it means that the food is not digested yet. You must avoid these foods.

In addition, nicotine and alcohol are also known to cause acid reflux and GERD. If you have these problems persistently and they refuse to go despite food restrictions, then you might need to reduce these addictions.

Is Surgery Done for Acid Reflux?

Surgery is almost never used for acid reflux. This issue is usually treated by modifying the diet and lifestyle, and a complete cure is achieved with just these simple modifications if they are duly followed.

However, in a rare case, especially when acid reflux progresses to chronic GERD, then surgery might be necessitated. This is done only when all other methods fail, which include dietary and lifestyle changes, and using antacids and antibiotics.

When a surgery is done in the case of GERD, it is called fundoplication. In this case, a constriction is introduced in the food pipe at such a point where food will still continue to pass through it, but the acid won’t be able to rise up. In a way, a one-way flow of food is created. This prevents the backflow of stomach acids into the food pipe and does not allow it to reflux.

This is a delicate process and needs to be done by a qualified surgeon.

However, if you are able to identify the problem early and take the requisite care as regards diet and lifestyle, then this eventuality might not occur at all.


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