Gastric acid is produced in the stomach to aid digestion. This digestive fluid is composed of hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride and sodium chloride. This fluid is crucial for digestion. It mainly helps in digesting the proteins from the food.
The acid unravels the ingested proteins and activates digestive enzymes which help in the breaking down of long chains of amino acids. The cells in the lining of the stomach produce gastric acid and increase and decrease its production as required. Other cells produce bicarbonate which acts as a buffer to the acidic activity.
These cells also produce mucous which forms a thick glutinous barrier and prevents the acid from damaging the lining of the stomach. When too much acid is produced, it results in heartburn, ulcers and dyspepsia. Too much of animal food, alcohol, spices and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are some of the common causes of excess gastric acid.
5 Home Remedies For Gastric Acid
Jaggery has innumerable nutrients that act as a tonic and help in digestion. It supplies instant energy and has a reviving and strengthening effect on the body.
It is rich in antioxidants which remove the harmful free radicals from the body and neutralize the acid in the stomach. Put a piece of jaggery into your mouth after a meal and keep sucking it slowly. The acidity will abate immediately.
These seeds are rich essential oils and have vast reserves of essential vitamins and minerals. They are also rich in antioxidant, digestive, carminative and anti-inflammtory properties. They prevent the excess production of gastric acid and soothe the inflamed lining of the stomach. Put to boil one liter of water. Add one heaped teaspoon of caraway seeds to it and boil for five minutes. Filter the decoction and drink it several times during the day.
Saunf is very aromatic and has a sweet taste. It is widely used for flavoring dishes and pickles and also for curing innumerable diseases and ailments.
It not only aids digestion but also helps in neutralizing the acidic activity in the stomach. Boil half a liter of water and add two teaspoons of saunf to it. Simmer for five minutes then turn off the heat. Cool the water and use it for drinking throughout the day.
Add some honey to some skimmed milk. Powder two cardamoms and add it to the milk. Chill the milk in the refrigerator. Sip small quantities of this chilled milk throughout the day.
The acidity will be neutralized and you will get an instant relief in the heartburn. Milk will also soothe the ulcers and heal them after some time.
Fill a basin with iced water. Put two or three drops of sandalwood oil into it. Take a thin clean long piece of cotton cloth. Dip it into the water and wring out the excess water. Lie on your back and place the cloth on your abdomen. See that your upper as well as lower abdomen is well covered with cloth. When the cloth begins to lose its chillness dip again and repeat the process. Your acidity will abate completely.