Acidity

Acidity is related to heartburn and gas formation in stomach. In acidity, acid reflux or Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), or more commonly known as 'Urdhvag Amalpitta' in ayurveda, there is a movement of gastric juices ( acid in nature) from the stomach into the lower part of esophagus.

Ayurveda considerds it to be caused by the aggarvation of Pitta dosha. When Kapha is associated with this aggarvated Pitta, the Acid starts climbing the oesophagus. This is exactly the hyperacidity for most of us and is translated widely as- Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Acid Brash etc

Causes of Hyperacidity

Excess production of acids in stomach is termed as the hyperacidity. There are varieties of reasons which cause excess acid production. The most important among these are:

· Excessive use of the oily and spicy foods
· Anxiety, depression and anger
· Irregular eating habits.
· Consumption of Maida products in large quantity.
· To use leafy vegetables in excess.
· Sleeping just after taking meal.
· Drinking of excessive water.
· To not to sleep in night, long working hours.
· Excessive intake of the caffeine and nicotine products.
· Constipation
· Carbonated drinks
· Foods which are rich in fats, such as chocolates cause acidity or acid reflux diseases.
· Excessive intake of alcohol, smoking, keeping stomach empty for long time, skipping breakfast causes acidity.
· Other causes of acidity or heartburn are pregnancy, aging, obesity, and bad eating habit, like eating junk foods.

Common Symptoms of Hyperacidity

Pain in upper abdomen immediately following a large or spicy meal.

· Nausea, vomiting, and loss of desire to eat which may persist for 1-2 days
· Heartburn or sour belching
· A sense of abdominal distension or 'bloating'
· Flatulence (burping, belching)
· Blood vomitting or blood in stool may occer in severe cases
· Blood vomitting or blood in stool may occer in severe cases