When you hear the term body Acidity, what’s come to your mind? You might have heard your physician use this term – but it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is acid in your body. It just implies that there is an excess or an imbalance of digestive acids produced by your stomach. How does this happen? For a smooth digestion to take place our body system needs a reasonable amount of hydrochloric acids and other digestive juices – so that the food we eat can be broken down properly. The problem arises when the hydrochloric acids in your stomach are being produced in excess and not used for digesting the food we eat.This can as well lead to various discomforts like dyspepsia, heartburn, gastric inflammation, bad breath, nausea and ulcer in the stomach.
This can as well lead to various discomforts like dyspepsia, heartburn, gastric inflammation, bad breath, nausea and ulcer in the stomach.
Among the factors that can lead to acidity are smoking, stress, fad diets, bad eating pattern, lack of physical activity, and alcohol consumption. Doctors will always prescribe you take antacids for issues related to acidity. But if you are looking for a safe alternative, you should consider using home remedies. Some of the best foods to remedy acidity are honey, apple, cumin seeds, orange juice, ginger, coconut oil, coriander leaves, and sprouts. Below are a few of my recommended home remedies for acidity
Ginger for Acidity
If you are suffering from acidity – then you should give ginger a tryout. It helps protect your stomach against ulcer – it does this by promoting the mucus secretion which helps in washing away acids that have reflux into your esophagus. This reduces the effects of the acid in your stomach.
- 1 fresh ginger
- I cup of hot water
- Honey or sugar
Start by washing and peeling your ginger. Put the ginger into a pot and pour hot water over it. Let it steep for about 5-10 minutes. It’s now time to strain and add your honey to the mix. Have it 2-3 times a day.
Basil Leaves for Acidity
When the case is acidity basil is another leave to turn to. It has soothing properties that give instant relief from acidity, gas, and nausea. It is also said to help stimulate your stomach to create more mucus.
- 5 leaves of basil
- 1 cup of lukewarm water
Simply crush 8 leaves of basil and add into your glass of lukewarm water. Now, take this concoction. This will help reduce the pain you get from acidity. You can sweeten things a little bit by adding honey into the mix
Lemon Juice for Acidity
Ditch the over the counter antacid and go for a better alternative, which is the lemon. Lemon is a natural antacid when it gets into the body system, it changes the environment into alkaline. I can remember prescribing this to a friend, but she was full of doubt; since lemon is acidic on the outside. The real fact is that when lemon gets into your body it metabolizes to dissociate its mineral in your blood stream thereby becoming alkalinizing.
- A glass of warm water
- 1 lemon
Ways to Take Lemon Juice for Acidity
- Mix juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water. Have it in the morning on an empty stomach. If needed, add some honey to this.
- Mix juice of ½ to 1 lemon in half a glass of water. Have this before meals. Add honey if needed. You may also add sugar.
Coconut Water / Oil
Coconut oil and water can as well help neutralize the body acidity. When coconut oil is taken internally, the acidic pH level turns into alkaline – which gives you instant relieve to acidity. Also, Coconut water, when taken internally helps turn the body’s pH to alkaline. This will instantly give you relief to acidity. When you drink coconut water, you also get the added advantage of its nutrients, like potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, copper, sulfur, chlorides and vitamins of B group.
- Coconut water:
All you need to do is drink Coconut water 3-4 times a day. I prefer to take coconut water first thing in the morning. Do make sure you go for organic coconut water, not the artificially sweetened or flavored packaged once.
Spearmint for Acidity
You should really consider spearmint leaves when the case is acidity due to indigestion. What spearmint actually does is to relax your stomach muscles, which in turns reduces the symptoms of nausea and other digestive problems. If you noticed, I specifically said spearmint, not peppermint. This is because some expert believes that those suffering from heartburn should avoid mint leaves because it relaxes the esophageal valve, which sometimes worsen the symptoms of heartburn
Make Mint Tea to Relieve Acidity
- 8 Spearmint leaves
- 1 cup of Hot water
- 2 tsp Honey
Start by putting the spearmint leaves into a cup. Gradually pour hot water into the cup and let it steep for about 5 minutes. After a while strain the water out. Doing this totally depends on you – I like to leave the leaves inside. You can add honey to the mix, the choice is yours
Coriander for Acidity
I got to know about the coriander during my stay in India. The Indians called it Dhania while Americas and Europeans call it Cilantro. The herbs have several health benefits, ranging from the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhea, anemia, nausea, mouth ulcer, indigestion and menstrual disorders. The seeds are also used in china and Indian medicine. Some Ayurvedic doctors believe that when fresh ginger and coriander is brewed as tea – it can help remedy acidity due to over eating of some certain foods. Two key essential oil present in coriander are known as Borneol and Linalool, which helps in digestion, proper functioning of the liver and proper secretion of enzymes and digestive juices in your stomach.
- 2 tsp of Freshly ground ginger
- ½ tsp of Ground coriander powder
- 8 oz Hot water
- Disposable tea bag
- Start by grounding your ginger into pieces, now pour it into a disposable tea bag. Then, place the ginger filled tea bag in hot water. Allow it to steep for about 6 minutes. Gently take it out and squeeze it. Discard the tea bag afterward. Add a generous amount of coriander powder into the cup. Mix thoroughly to combine the ginger in the tea. Let it cool down for a few minutes. You can now drink the coriander tea. When stored in the refrigerator can last up to 96 hours.
- Another way to use coriander for acidity is to start by crushing the leaves. Add a little amount of water in order to get its juice out. Now mix a tablespoon of coriander leaves juice to a glass of buttermilk. Have this after meals or at least 2-3 times daily. If buttermilk is not within your reach. You can also take the coriander without the buttermilk.
- You can also make tea out of coriander seeds. You do this by crushing a generous amount of the seed – then, pour then into a pot of hot water. Let it steep for about 5-8 minutes, then strain and add honey to sweeten it a bit. You can still have this tea without honey. The choice is totally yours.
Cumin Seeds for Acidity
Cumin seeds have numerous health benefits, some of which are aiding digestion, improve immunity, treatment of piles, respiratory disorders, asthma, bronchitis, anemia and common cold. The lists are endless. They belong to the family of Umbelliferae. The members of this family include parsley, caraway seeds, dill, and chervil. In as much, as I wouldn’t be going into detailed information about the numerous benefits of cumin seed. But I will like you to know that cumin is extremely good for digestion. The aromatic organic compound called cumin aldehyde found in cumin helps activate our salivary glands which then facilities the primary digestion of foods. Another great compound is thymol, which is responsible for stimulating the glands that secrete acid, bile, and enzymes responsible for complete digestion of the food in your stomach and the intestines.
- Cumin Seeds – 1 teaspoon
- Water – 1 glass
- Clean Pot
- Pour water into clean pot and place it on the heat. Add cumin seed into it and stir. Leave it for about 10 minutes. Bring it down from heat and let it cool. Sieve the water out and drink the concoction. This should get rid of acidity for good
- Another way to take cumin seed it to roast them till you get the aroma. Place the dry and roasted cumin seed into a mortar. Crush them slightly and pour them into buttermilk. Pour the mixture into your blender and blend properly. You can take this after meals
Carom Seeds for Acidity
Carom seeds are very popular when the case is digestion – due to the fact that they help increase the secretion of gastric acid and enhances the activity of some digestive enzymes. With my own experience, I can conveniently say that it’s one of the best remedies for acidity. It can also be used to remedy pain due to inflammation caused by rheumatic and arthritic diseases. It antispasmodic properties help in relieving of spasms. Carom is also considered a herb of choice in the treatment of respiratory disorders like bronchitis, chest congestion, and cough. In India, it’s known as ajwain – it also plays a huge role in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine
- Carom Seed
- A glass of water
Crush a teaspoon of carom seed to release the oil. Pour it into a glass of water and add a few drops of lemon juice and ginger juice and mix thoroughly. You can not drink this concoction
I eat bananas a lot, so I don’t have to worry about acidity. Bananas are rich in potassium, making them an excellent alkalizing mineral with a pH of 14. Also rich in fiber content, which speeds up the digestion process. Regular intake of banana will sure do reduce the acidity levels in your stomach. There are also some interesting chemicals present in bananas that help stimulate the stomach lining in the production of more mucus, which in turns helps protect the stomach from acids and stomach ulcers.