Acidity

OVER VIEW

The food ingested reaches the stomach and the gastric glands secrete acids which are required for the appropriate digestion of the food. When these glands secrete more gastric juices than required, the person tends to feel burning sensation below the sternum or breastbone. This needs medical attention and is commonly known as acidity.
Acidity, in medically termed as Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). In this condition, the patient feels heartburn, around the chest area because the acids in the stomach flow back up into the food pipe. The commonest symptom is a burning sensation in the chest associated with mild to severe pain. When these symptoms last more than a week, it is diagnosed as GERD- Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Chronic acidity may lead to serious health risks.

CAUSES

 

What are the causes of acidity?
Acidity happens due to excess production of acid by the gastric glands in the stomach.
Factors the leads to acidity include:

 

  1. Unhealthy eating habits: Improper eating habits can easily develop acidity symptoms.
    • Skipping meals or eating at irregular times
    • Eating food just before sleep
    • Excess consumption of spicy food
    • Overeating
    • Eating diet less in fibers
    • A long gap between the meals results in empty stomach and excess secretion of acid may happen
  2. Excessive consumption of certain food
    • Excess intake of tea, coffee, carbonated drinks or soft drinks and alcohol
    • Extremely spicy food, Junk food, non-vegetarian food items, and fried items.
  3. Side effects of certain medications
    • Some medicines tend to produce acidity in the stomach such as Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Medicines for hypertension, certain antibiotics, anxiety and depression medicines.
  4. Stomach diseases like GERD, tumors, gastric/peptic ulcers can also lead to acidity.
  5. Other causes include
    • Excessive stress
    • Lack of proper sleep
    • Frequent smoking
    • Lack of physical exercise

SYMPTOMS

What are the symptoms of acidity?
• Burning sensation and pain in the chest, stomach and occasionally in the throat
• Feeling difficulty in swallowing, or sensation of food getting stuck in the throat
• Lack of appetite
• Repeated burping or hiccups without any particular reason
• Regurgitation: the gastric juices back up to the throat and mouth leading to a bitter taste.
• Feeling very heavy after every meal
• Symptoms of nausea are the most common
• Indigestion
• Constipation
• Bad Breath
• Feeling restless
• Dry throat

DIET

• Vegetables: green beans, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, leafy greens, potatoes, and cucumbers, white pumpkins, bitter gourd, matured ash gourd, leafy vegetables.
• Fruits: Non citrus fruits including melons, bananas, apples, and pears. Gooseberry, dry grapes, black grapes, sweet lime, pomegranate, fig, dry fig
• Spices: Asafoetida, Turmeric, Ginger
• Grains: Wheat, old rice, barley, green gram, horse gram, jowar
• Take adequate amount of fluids like pomegranate juice, lemon juice, Amla juice, sweet lime juice, Medicated water with ushira or coriander seeds, or water processed with (puffed rice).
• Including ghee in regular diet is very helpful

AYURVEDIC VIEW

In Ayurveda, acidity is correlated to Amla pitta. Amla pitta is caused due to imbalance of pitta dosha, where there is a state of increased acidity in the digestive tract that irritates the gastric mucosa. This condition when left untreated leads to an ulcer. Amla pitta causes pain, reduced appetite, burning in the stomach and chest. Acidity treatment in Ayurveda is much beneficial and helps to manage the condition for longer extend.

Ayurvedic View

Ayurveda describes burning eyes as Netra daha. This happens due to vitiation of the pitta dosha. Sometimes combined effect of tridosha can cause burning, irritation or congestion in the eyes.

Treatment for burning eyes in Ayurveda

  •  Rinsing the eyes continuously with water can clean minor irritants in the eyes
  •  Avoid the cause of irritation to the eyes
  • Local treatments to the eyes called netra kriya kalpa are recommended best to treat eye disorders
  • Parisheka – Continuous pouring of medicated liquid to the eyes are recommended. The medicine can vary depending upon the condition.
  • Bidalaka – Applying thick paste to the eyelids can reduce the symptoms of burning eyes
  • Aschyothana – Applying the medicated ghee or eye drops can cure mild irritation to the eyes.
  • Anjana – Eye collyrium is also helpful to cure eye disorders in Ayurveda

Diet

  • Include ghee and intake of milk in everyday diet. Daily use of honey is recommended.
  • Vegetables such as snake gourd, green leafy items, carrots, drumstick leaves are best for the eye health. Red rice, wheat, green gram is good for eyes. Avoid freezed food, cold beverages, extreme sour food, alcohol, curd, non-vegetarian food, excessive hot, spicy and fatty foods

Yoga for Eye Health

  • Shifting the focus from one eye to another eye helps more blood flow in the tiny eye capillaries.
  • Blinking eye: Continuous blinking of the eyes for 3 to 4seconds for 10-20 rounds a day is very helpful.
  • Cupping or palming: Rub the hands and generate sufficient quantity of heat and do cupping on the eyes. This can relax the eye muscles.
  • Eye rotation: Rotating the eye balls in all directions for few minutes every day can improve the condition of eye. Repeating the exercise several times can help to reduce the eye strain as well.
  • Good rest to eyes should be assured. Early to bed and waking up early should be followed

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OVER VIEW
The food ingested reaches the stomach and the gastric glands secrete acids which are required for the appropriate digestion of the food. When these glands secrete more gastric juices than required, the person tends to feel burning sensation below the sternum or breastbone. This needs medical attention and is commonly known as acidity.
Acidity, in medically termed as Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). In this condition, the patient feels heartburn, around the chest area because the acids in the stomach flow back up into the food pipe. The commonest symptom is a burning sensation in the chest associated with mild to severe pain. When these symptoms last more than a week, it is diagnosed as GERD- Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Chronic acidity may lead to serious health risks.

CAUSES
What are the causes of acidity?
Acidity happens due to excess production of acid by the gastric glands in the stomach.
Factors the leads to acidity include:

  1. Unhealthy eating habits: Improper eating habits can easily develop acidity symptoms.
    • Skipping meals or eating at irregular times
    • Eating food just before sleep
    • Excess consumption of spicy food
    • Overeating
    • Eating diet less in fibers
    • A long gap between the meals results in empty stomach and excess secretion of acid may happen
  2. Excessive consumption of certain food
    • Excess intake of tea, coffee, carbonated drinks or soft drinks and alcohol
    • Extremely spicy food, Junk food, non-vegetarian food items, and fried items.
  3. Side effects of certain medications
    • Some medicines tend to produce acidity in the stomach such as Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Medicines for hypertension, certain antibiotics, anxiety and depression medicines.
  4. Stomach diseases like GERD, tumors, gastric/peptic ulcers can also lead to acidity.
  5. Other causes include
    • Excessive stress
    • Lack of proper sleep
    • Frequent smoking
    • Lack of physical exercise

SYMPTOMS
What are the symptoms of acidity?
• Burning sensation and pain in the chest, stomach and occasionally in the throat
• Feeling difficulty in swallowing, or sensation of food getting stuck in the throat
• Lack of appetite
• Repeated burping or hiccups without any particular reason
• Regurgitation: the gastric juices back up to the throat and mouth leading to a bitter taste.
• Feeling very heavy after every meal
• Symptoms of nausea are the most common
• Indigestion
• Constipation
• Bad Breath
• Feeling restless
• Dry throat
DIET
• Vegetables: green beans, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, leafy greens, potatoes, and cucumbers, white pumpkins, bitter gourd, matured ash gourd, leafy vegetables.
• Fruits: Non citrus fruits including melons, bananas, apples, and pears. Gooseberry, dry grapes, black grapes, sweet lime, pomegranate, fig, dry fig
• Spices: Asafoetida, Turmeric, Ginger
• Grains: Wheat, old rice, barley, green gram, horse gram, jowar
• Take adequate amount of fluids like pomegranate juice, lemon juice, Amla juice, sweet lime juice, Medicated water with ushira or coriander seeds, or water processed with (puffed rice).
• Including ghee in regular diet is very helpful

AYURVEDIC VIEW
In Ayurveda, acidity is correlated to Amla pitta. Amla pitta is caused due to imbalance of pitta dosha, where there is a state of increased acidity in the digestive tract that irritates the gastric mucosa. This condition when left untreated leads to an ulcer. Amla pitta causes pain, reduced appetite, burning in the stomach and chest. Acidity treatment in Ayurveda is much beneficial and helps to manage the condition for longer extend.

OVER VIEW
The food ingested reaches the stomach and the gastric glands secrete acids which are required for the appropriate digestion of the food. When these glands secrete more gastric juices than required, the person tends to feel burning sensation below the sternum or breastbone. This needs medical attention and is commonly known as acidity.
Acidity, in medically termed as Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). In this condition, the patient feels heartburn, around the chest area because the acids in the stomach flow back up into the food pipe. The commonest symptom is a burning sensation in the chest associated with mild to severe pain. When these symptoms last more than a week, it is diagnosed as GERD- Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Chronic acidity may lead to serious health risks.

CAUSES
What are the causes of acidity?
Acidity happens due to excess production of acid by the gastric glands in the stomach.
Factors the leads to acidity include:

  1. Unhealthy eating habits: Improper eating habits can easily develop acidity symptoms.
    • Skipping meals or eating at irregular times
    • Eating food just before sleep
    • Excess consumption of spicy food
    • Overeating
    • Eating diet less in fibers
    • A long gap between the meals results in empty stomach and excess secretion of acid may happen
  2. Excessive consumption of certain food
    • Excess intake of tea, coffee, carbonated drinks or soft drinks and alcohol
    • Extremely spicy food, Junk food, non-vegetarian food items, and fried items.
  3. Side effects of certain medications
    • Some medicines tend to produce acidity in the stomach such as Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Medicines for hypertension, certain antibiotics, anxiety and depression medicines.
  4. Stomach diseases like GERD, tumors, gastric/peptic ulcers can also lead to acidity.
  5. Other causes include
    • Excessive stress
    • Lack of proper sleep
    • Frequent smoking
    • Lack of physical exercise

SYMPTOMS
What are the symptoms of acidity?
• Burning sensation and pain in the chest, stomach and occasionally in the throat
• Feeling difficulty in swallowing, or sensation of food getting stuck in the throat
• Lack of appetite
• Repeated burping or hiccups without any particular reason
• Regurgitation: the gastric juices back up to the throat and mouth leading to a bitter taste.
• Feeling very heavy after every meal
• Symptoms of nausea are the most common
• Indigestion
• Constipation
• Bad Breath
• Feeling restless
• Dry throat
DIET
• Vegetables: green beans, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, leafy greens, potatoes, and cucumbers, white pumpkins, bitter gourd, matured ash gourd, leafy vegetables.
• Fruits: Non citrus fruits including melons, bananas, apples, and pears. Gooseberry, dry grapes, black grapes, sweet lime, pomegranate, fig, dry fig
• Spices: Asafoetida, Turmeric, Ginger
• Grains: Wheat, old rice, barley, green gram, horse gram, jowar
• Take adequate amount of fluids like pomegranate juice, lemon juice, Amla juice, sweet lime juice, Medicated water with ushira or coriander seeds, or water processed with (puffed rice).
• Including ghee in regular diet is very helpful

AYURVEDIC VIEW
In Ayurveda, acidity is correlated to Amla pitta. Amla pitta is caused due to imbalance of pitta dosha, where there is a state of increased acidity in the digestive tract that irritates the gastric mucosa. This condition when left untreated leads to an ulcer. Amla pitta causes pain, reduced appetite, burning in the stomach and chest. Acidity treatment in Ayurveda is much beneficial and helps to manage the condition for longer extend.