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Sedentary lifestyle is leading to common digestive problems such as acidity. We do tend to take health issues like burning sensation in the chest, stomach lightly, but if it is occurring frequently, one needs to visit a doctor as there is a high chance of one suffering from severe health condition like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Causes of heartburn
Skipping meals, irregular meals, no physical activity, having spicy and oily food items on a regular basis are the major reasons for burning sensation in the chest area. Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, stress also lead to heartburn.
Heartburn is a common health condition created by acid reflux. Heartburn occurs when the acid goes back into your oesophagus (the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach). Acid reflux is a result of the weakening of the muscle connecting the oesophagus and the stomach.
When you consume something, the muscle around the endpoint of your oesophagus, also called the lower oesophagal sphincter, relaxes to ensure that the food items reach your stomach. However, if the oesophageal sphincter weakens, the acid in the stomach can flow back and cause heartburn.
How to treat heartburn
– An adequate amount of water consumption.
– Cut down on oily, spicy, fatty and fast food items.
– Avoid irregular meals and try never to skip a meal.
– Change your diet. Include fresh green vegetables. Having salads before having lunch or dinner is a good option.
– Indulge in physical activities such as exercising and yoga asanas.
– Cut down on citrus juice. Try to stay away from oranges and lemons.
Home remedies for heartburn relief
Amla: It is considered to be an anti-oxidant. It helps in normalising mucin that protects the internal layer of the stomach.
Probiotics: Probiotics help in removing the harmful bacteria which cause acid reflux and heartburn.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and have it daily to get relief from heartburn.
Mastic: Consuming mastic in small quantity can kill Helicobacter pylori, which is responsible for acid reflux, heartburn, or GERD.
Aloe vera: Its cooling properties are a big help for common digestive problems. Try to have fresh aloe vera juice early morning. You can also mix amla juice or powder to aloe vera for better results.
Ginger: It helps in fighting H pylori bacteria. Chew some ginger or consume tea prepared by adding ginger, lemon and honey.
Peppermint, garden angelica, chamomile, greater celandine, and licorice should be consumed for treating heartburn.
Yoga asanas to cure acidity
Vajrasana: Increases blood flow and helps in strengthening the digestive system.
Nadi Shodhan Pranayama: It helps in releasing anxiety and stress.
Kapal Bhati Pranayama: It is considered to be the best yoga asanas to get relief for problems related to the stomach.
Pavanamuktasana: It helps in stimulating bowel movement and helps in removing toxins from the digestive system.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.