Published on Aug 02, 2019 - 2 min read
It is very common to hear people complaining of acidity or heartburn, and taking antacids blindly without knowing the cons of it. This article addresses the usual causes, ways to avoid or to treat them safely without facing any after-effects.
Acidity, heartburn, dyspepsia, and flatulence, are mostly functional gastric disturbances initially. And in most cases, it is caused by a faulty lifestyle and bad habits. Some of the major culprits are high-stress life, irregular dietary patterns, faulty nutritional habits like eating over-spiced food, eating fast without chewing, overeating, lying down immediately after eating, alcohol, smoking, etc.
When it is still a functional disturbance, there are chances that it can be controlled or cured by some lifestyle modifications and some home remedies. For me, the most important thing is to reduce the stress to a minimum. Some small changes in life can reduce stress like doing work in time, avoid procrastination, set a time table and follow it strictly, and avoid bad habits like alcohol and smoking.
Just a simple change of chewing the food properly can solve half of the gastric problems. It improves the digestions, reduces the difficulty for stomach and intestine to do digestion, and to some extent, reduces food quantity. By walking for 15 to 20 mins after a heavy meal, eating dinner before 8 PM, and sleeping on time can remove the significant irregularities.
Some of the above solutions are not possible to follow by every one like those who do shift jobs. Let us see what they can do to overcome this situation.
There is a simple rule that our body works on a biological clock, which if maintained, can reduce side effects. You can achieve this by getting adequate sleep and eating at the same time daily.
Most of the patients suffering from acidity resort to the regular use of antacids and soda, which are very harmful to the body. They have many side effects. The more you take it, the body tries to compensate with more acid secretion, and then it becomes almost impossible to manage it without taking pills daily.
My suggestion is either try to manage it with the above-suggested modification or if it does not help, then take homeopathic treatment, which has no side effects and gives long-lasting relief.
The medicines like Nux Vomica, Robinia, Iris, and Argentum Nitricum, have become very famous in relieving the complaints. The right selection of homeopathic medicine is only possible after going through the detailed case. I suggest to take proper consultation and take appropriate treatment.
It may seem to be costly initially than OTC (over-the-counter) medicines, but ultimately, the overall cost is a lot less than it. Avoid alcohol and smoking as much as you can. Better keep it to occasions and also keep it in limited quantity. I hope this article helps you. I wish you all a positive health.
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