The name itself derives its meaning “Hyperacidity”. Hyper which means extra or more and acidity means the increase of acid. Hyperacidity is nothing but the increased level of acidity in our stomach.
Hyperacidity is known as Amlapitta in Ayurveda (Amla means sour and Pitta means heat). The stomach secretes Hydrochloric Acid, a stomach related juice that separates nourishment particles into their littlest structure to help assimilation. When there is an over the top measure of hydrochloric corrosion in the stomach, the condition is known as Hyperacidity.
What causes Hyperacidity?
The first thing to cause Hyperacidity is the wrong diet. There are various types of food items which creates Hyperacidity in our stomach.
The types of food which increase the acidic impact in our food are mentioned below:
- Spicy food habits like eating samosa, burger, pizza, etc.
- Excessive use of chilly, Cinnamon, clove, mustard, garam masala powder (spice mixture), garlic etc. in the diet.
- Salty and sour foods like chips
- Eating of stale, fermented foods (dosa, uttapam, idli etc. bakery food items).
- Excessive intake of fast food
- Excessive intake of Oily foods, pickles
- Intake of food and beverages in its hot condition like soups
- Excessive intake of tea/coffee.
- Lesser intake of water, dry food
- Irregular meal times
- Repeated food intake (before the digestion of the previously taken food)
- Incompatible food like taking non-veg., pizza followed by a milkshake.
- Skipping meals.
- Eating too late at night
Most of the times it is not possible to manage our sleep and daily routine due to an excessive amount of workload. This is another major reason for Hyperacidity.
- Lack of rest, fast-moving lifestyle.
- Insufficient sleep at night.
- Sleeping immediately after meals.
- Suppression of natural urges.
- Excessive exposure to sun and fire.
How to prevent Hyperacidity?
Hyperacidity occurs when your stomach produces too much acid that may leak out. It’s the cause of conditions like heartburn, GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), and acid reflux disease. This can be an uncomfortable experience, so you likely want relief fast. Fortunately, you can use natural treatments to help control your symptoms. However, it’s best to see your doctor if your symptoms are severe or occur more than twice a week.
Along with that, there are some more options which can be helpful to cure Hyperacidity.
- Stay away from food and beverages that trigger Hyperacidity. You might need to monitor nourishments and drinks that cause you any issues. Measure the food you eat and perceive how you feel around 1 hour of eating. In the event that the food you ate an hour prior is pestering you, you ought to dispense with that from your eating regimen.
- Your food should contain mainly like bitter gourd, matured ash gourd.
- The food you eat must be cooked properly.
- Take some advice from experts whether reducing weight can cure the problem of Hyperacidity.
- Chew each bite several times, then swallow before taking another bite. This helps your stomach digest food more easily and quickly.
These small remedies can help to cure your disease but you need to make sure that, if all these things doesn’t work then you have to consult a doctor. Always consult your doctor before drinking any kind of medication, including vitamins. Keep in mind that your physician is in the best position to prescribe the right kind of treatment for your condition.
Treatment for a Hyperacidity
Because indigestion is such a broad term, it’s helpful to give your doctor a precise idea of how you’re feeling. Be specific about where in your belly you usually feel pain or bloating.
Any treatment you get will depend on what’s causing your indigestion. You can also do some things on your own to ease your symptoms:
- Try not to chew with your mouth open, talk while you chew, or eat too fast. This makes you swallow too much air, which can add to indigestion.
- Drink beverages after rather than during meals.
- Avoid late-night eating.
- Try to relax after meals.
- Avoid spicy foods.
- Avoid excessive salty, oily, sour and spicy foods
- Avoid heavy and untimely food
- Avoid smoking and alcohol intake
- Food should consist mainly of bitters like bitter gourd, matured ash gourd
- Include barley, wheat, old rice and green gram in the diet.
- Avoid overcooked, stale and contaminated food.
- The food must be properly cooked
- Follow mental relaxation techniques
Line of treatment
- Avoid causative factors
- Palliative treatment – As the disease is of Pitta origin, all measures are undertaken to pacify pitta.
- Panchakarma treatment When the patient cannot be well managed with oral medications ‘Panchakarma procedures’ like Vamana (emesis) or virechana (purgation) whichever is needed should be administered. In chronic cases, Asthapanavasti (medicated enema) is indicated.
Some important single drugs useful in Amlapitta
- Shatavari – 3 gm twice a day with milk
- Yashtimadhu – 3 gm twice a day with milk
- Amalaki (Indian gooseberry) – 3 gm twice a day with water
- Sunthi (dry ginger) – 1- 3 gm twice a day with water