Our digestive system needs a little amount of hydrochloric acid along with other digestive juices so that the food that we eat gets broken down. Digestion done this way leads to the absorption of energies taken through food which is required for all our bodily functions. Acidity (acid dyspepsia) occurs when this hydrochloric acid in the stomach is produced in excess and also not used in digesting food. It then leads to various discomforts such as a general feeling of restlessness. There would be heartburn or acid reflex, and sometimes this feeling of nausea or even vomiting. You may even experience sour belching. Acidity can also cause severe constipation. Most of the time, acidity is due to poor diet habits and lack of body movement. While you may need to change your diet and lifestyle habits to completely get rid of acidity, here are some home remedies for acidity that may provide you some relief from the discomforts accompanied by acidity.
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Home Remedies for Acidity
1. Spearmint for Acidity
If your acidity is due to indigestion, and which is the reason in most of the cases, you may use spearmint as a remedy for acidity. While mint leaves are said to be effective in curing indigestion, some experts believe that those suffering from heartburn should not use mint leaves. As it relaxes the esophageal valve, it can actually worsen the symptoms of heartburn. But because spearmint does not contain as much menthol as peppermint, it can be used in case of acidity caused due to indigestion. Spearmint actually helps relax your stomach muscles thereby reducing the symptoms of nausea and other digestive problems.
Make Mint Tea to Relieve Acidity
- Spearmint leaves- 5-8
- Hot water- 1 cups
- Honey (optional)- 1-2 tsp
- Place the mint leaves in a cup.
- Pour hot water over the leaves.
- Let it steep for about 5 minutes.
- You may strain or let the leaves be there in your tea.
- Add honey if you prefer sweetened tea.
- Have this tea after meals.