Naturopathy: How to relieve acidity?
“A person can hurry through or sleep walk through life, but whenever they stop to catch their breath or awaken from a long nap, they will find apprehension, disquiet, and fretfulness waiting their directed attention.”
- Kilroy J. Oldster
Read the quote? Now, add acidity to that list of things waiting for your attention, when you decide to stop for a breath in this race that we’ve made life.
Surprised? Think again, about the last time you ate outside, indulged in your favorite meal that happened to be particularly spicy, had a late meal, or didn’t eat anything at all, all day. What do you say now? Hence proven that acidity has a pretty solid place on that list.
Our lives are increasingly coming to get governed by deadlines. All we are excelling at doing is running the most we can without stopping, without replenishing. Working lunches that happen late in the evening are a thing, and might even get you some sympathy and / or praise from your colleagues / family.
And while that might feel accomplishing on most days (think about how we feel proud, even brag, when we’ve gone an entire day without eating a thing), the damage it does to our body becomes visible only in the long run. A few years ago, I’d fast for days together. A few years later, now, missing a single meal has consequences.
Like me, if you’ve already started noticing the unwelcome addition to your life that is acidity, this post will only strengthen your resolve to do away with it. We’ve found you some very simple naturopathy-prescribed remedies that will prevent and cure acidity not just right now, but in the long run too.
Before we begin, if you are wondering why we’ve chosen the naturopathy route, here is your answer: The stress—physical and emotional—that we are dealing with today, in whatever form, is best tackled at a lifestyle level. True that medicines have their role to play, but the wrong we do is far more deep-rooted and only a change in the way we live can bring a more long-term change.
Naturopathy constitutes of a more holistic approach. Its fundamentals stress on the importance of a healthy diet, as well as adequate exercise and stress management for a person’s physical and mental well-being.
Naturopathy for acidity
Acidity is a consequence of when the bacterial balance in the stomach is disturbed. Consuming a lot of spicy and processed food, caffeine and alcohol can do this to your body. Acidity and heartburn also happen when the body does not produce enough hydrochloric acid.
Naturopathy uses a combination of therapies to support your mind, body and spirit. For preventing and curing acidity, it recommends the following:
- Food items like yogurt, fermented vegetables, and chutneys help to restore the gastric balance and improve digestion.
- Raw apple cider vinegar helps to improve the acid content in the stomach. About 3 teaspoons of ACV with 10 ml honey helps to prevent acidity.
- Foods like spinach and beans help to improve the folic acid consumption in the body that helps to significantly bring down the acid reflux in the body.
- Indian gooseberry is also known to have a very calming effect.
- You can add some ginger and tulsi to your diet. Nothing like a warm cup of tea with tulsi and ginger, honestly. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and helps really well with gastrointestinal problems. Tulsi has anti-ulcer properties and not just helps to prevent acidity but also reduces the resultant effects on the stomach.
- Pomegranate juice, pumpkin juice with sugar, and amla powder mixed with honey are other remedies that are known to work well.
Apart from what goes into the body, you can also control acidity with the help of what you do with your body. Go yoga!
Kunjal is a great asana for reducing hyper-acidity because it helps to wash off the strong acid from the stomach. Other asanas like Bhujangasana, Sarvangasana, Viparit Karni, Pavanmuktasana and pranayamas like Sheetali and Sheetkari help to improve digestion and provide relief from the acid reflux in the stomach.
If you are not a yoga person, remember that exercise in any form is good exercise. So, go for it anyway.
If you ask me, nothing like acidity to ruin your mood. While we aren’t saying no to indulgences here (they are super important too), everything needs to be done in a limit. And like we don’t miss spa appointments, we need to make sure that our body gets a thorough cleanse too; it needs a reprieve from trying to process all the junk—in food and lethargy—that we dump into it.
These naturopathy remedies will make sure that acidity does not burn your mood, ever again!
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Nikita Jhanglani is a technical and creative content writer, editor and book blogger. Currently, she is into world domination, one checklist at a time.