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Ayurvedic treatment for acidity

IS ACIDITY TROUBLING YOU? SOLVE IT NATURALLY THROUGH AYURVEDA

By Shruti Kulkarni
June 29, 2020
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Do you often experience heartburns or burning discomfort in the chest or stomach? Is this often accompanied by a sensation of vomiting or a bitter/sour after-taste in the mouth? And, is this commonly felt by you especially after eating certain foods?


Then, you’re surely suffering from acidity. Acidity is simply the result of an excessive amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The stomach secretes hydrochloric acid which acts as a digestive juice to break down food particles. If there is an increased level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, the condition is termed as hyperacidity.


WHAT DOES AYURVEDA SAY ABOUT THE CAUSE OF ACIDITY?


Ayurveda describes hyperacidity as amla pitta. Pitta dosha, characterised by the elemental energies of fire and water, governs agni (the digestive fire) and the stomach enzymes. An increase or aggravation in pitta dosha can bring on a surge of acidity. You may have observed that a pitta-dominant prakruti is more likely to suffer from hyperacidity, heartburns or peptic ulcers.


FIND OUT YOUR DOMINANT DOSHA – VATA, PITTA OR KAPHA


According to Ayurveda, every person is born with a particular Prakruti which is the body’s natural state of being. This is determined by the three bio-energies or doshas – vata, pitta and kapha. Your Prakruti depends on the proportion of the three doshas, and is typically governed by the dominant dosha. Some rare people are tridoshic – they will have an equal leaning towards all three doshas. To understand the underlying reasons for your acidity, it’s a good idea to figure out your prakruti and identify your dominant dosha.


find out your prakruti


HOW DO YOU CONTROL ACIDITY?


As per Ayurveda, pacifying aggravated pitta levels can help relieve and prevent acidity. Pitta is usually imbalanced by consuming salty, fried foods, hot, spicy foods, and acidic foods. A few simple diet changes can help balance your pitta, calm your stomach and maintain your digestive health. You should definitely avoid an excess of tomatoes, citrus fruits, yogurt, vinegar, hot peppers, onions, garlic and alcohol.


Here are 6 foods to include in your diet that can help control your pitta and prevent acidity:


6 Foods to add to your diet
to help relieve acidity

1

ANJIR (FIG)

ANJIR (FIG) ANJIR (FIG)

Nutrients:

Pacifies Vata & Pitta:

Alkaline pH:

Prebiotic:

Digestive Aid:

2

BLACK RAISINS

BLACK-RAISINS BLACK-RAISINS

Nutrients:

Pacifies Vata & Pitta:

Alkaline pH:

Natural Laxative:

3

AMLA (INDIAN GOOSEBERRY)

AMLA AMLA

Nutrients:

Balances Vata, Pitta & Kapha:

Alkaline pH:

Antioxidant:

Natural Laxative:

Digestive Aid:

4

COCONUT WATER

COCONUT COCONUT

Nutrients:

Pacifies Pitta:

Alkaline pH:

Natural Laxative:

Detoxification:

Anti-Inflammation:

5

POMEGRANATE

POMEGRANATE POMEGRANATE

Pacifies Pitta:

Digestive Aid:

Maintains Mucous Membrane Health:

Relieves Nausea:

6

GULKAND (ROSE PETAL JAM)

GULKAND GULKAND

Nutrients:

Pacifies Pitta:

Cooling Medicine:

Digestive Tonic:


The above foods are some of the best remedies for acidity. You can also talk to a certified Ayurvedic vaidya and nutritionist to learn more about a pitta-appropriate diet.


Our team at Mi.Bo.So, consisting of Ayurvedic vaidyas, nutritionists and yoga coaches, is here to guide you. We can recommend an Ayurvedic acidity treatment plan with a proper diet, yoga and meditation routine, stress management, and sleep schedule. By correcting the causative dosha in your body, you’ll be able to see the difference in your digestive health yourself.


If you have any queries, feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you!

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