is usually manifested as a burning sensation in the digestive tract.
The reason is that a high concentration of digestive enzymes and
acids are forming in the tract. The first reason for this is irregular
meal times. If the gap between any two meals is very long then the
acid collects in the empty stomach and sometimes rises in the esophagus
making the burning sensation come up even towards the throat.
first rule is not to keep the body empty of food or water early
in the morning. On rising we recommend 2 large glasses or 1/2 liter
of warm water which clears the tract and then some warm milk or
milky coffee/tea may be had. The coffee and tea are best avoided
if the acidity is severe. Then an hour later breakfast may be eaten.
is had at 8am there should be a fresh fruit and plenty of water
by 11am. This is to be followed by lunch at 1pm. After this normally
the gap to dinner is 7-8 hours so we recommend that a 4pm snack
of 1 glass milk plus 2 marie biscuits and a 6pm snack of a fruit
are a must. Dinner should be between 7-9pm and if you stay up late
then you may have another fruit or 1/2 cup warm milk before sleeping
so that you don't sleep on an empty stomach.
foods cause more irritation then others. Greeen chillies and all
other spices, chilly powder etc., increase the burning sensation
and must be strictly controlled. Very sour foods like citric fruit,
lime juice and too much tamarind or tomato may also increase the
irritation. In our observation we have seen that not only are spice
foods a problem but also very rich fatty foods increase the acidity
a lot. The problem is that fats take 6-8 hours to get digested and
the enzymes and acids of this digestion are lying in the tract for
such a long duration and this causes a lot of irritation.
coconut chutney are to be forbidden to a person suffering from acidity
for almost a month or two till relief comes. These two are not only
spicy but also very high in fat content. All deep fried snacks and
papads must be avoided for 1-2 months. Also oily non-veg dishes
like fried mutton, beef etc., are very dangerous because of too
much fat in them.
of the biggest causes of acidity is that the quantity of water you
are drinking is not enough for you. All those who have an acidity
problem must drink atleast 3 liters of water daily. Buttermilk also
has a soothing effect on the digestive tract. Besides the above,
cigarette smoking, tobacco chewing and pan chewing can increase
acidity. Also stress and tension increases the production of acids
therefore if you have this problem and control the diet but the
stress is still severe then the acidity may continue. Untreated
acidity may lead to the formation of peptic ulcers in the digestive
to relieve stress and this may help to regulate and reduce the acid
formation. So walk and water must be done along with dieting for
the best results.