Generally, hyperacidity is a condition caused by the excessive formation of acid in the stomach, in which patient feels a burning sensation. In order to understand the cause of this, it is necessary to know that the stomach produces a number of juices that are necessary for digestion.
One of them is a dilute form of hydrochloric acid, which is needed to break down complex foods such as proteins. Indigestion is frequently caused by the consumption of over-large meals particularly when these are of fatty nature. Globules of excess fat, not being digested in the stomach, are inclined to coat other food and slow down the digestive process. This causes the stomach to supply more digestive juices, including acid, with resulting discomfort caused by gas formation.
Common Causes of Hyperacidity
There could be a lot reasons or causes for the flare-up of hyperacidity. It could be idiopathic, or arising from an unknown cause. The flare-up of hyperacidity could also be related to some behavioral or diet factors, such as prolonged ingestion of aspirin or some anti-inflammatory drug, prolonged alcohol ingestion, eating spicy and highly seasoned food like chilly, pickles, etc. Stress could also be an important cause for hyperacidity as well as heavy smoking.
Common Symptoms of Hyperacidity
The most common symptoms of hyperacidity are : A steady pain of short duration in upper abdomen immediately following a large or spicy meal or aspirin ingestion; Nausea, vomiting, and loss of desire to eat which may persist for 1-2 days; Heartburn or sour belching; Early repletion or satiety after meals; A sense of abdominal distension or 'bloating'; Flatulence (burping, belching); Vomiting of blood or blood in stools.
Effective Herbal Remedies For Hyperacidity
There are a lot of suggested herbal concoctions and remedies for naturally curing hyperacidity. Here are three popular and effective methods for treating this condition:
- Carrot and Cabbage juice. To prepare, wash and slice in small pieces one big carrot and 1/4 kilo cabbage. Osterize the carrots and cabbage with 2 glasses of water. Strain and add 1 tablespoon sugar. Adding sugar is optional. Keep the mixture in the refrigerator to cool, and be sure to prepare for one day's supply only. Drink one glass of the carrot and cabbage juice 30 minutes before meals, and when there is gastric pain.
- Olive oil. Take one teaspoon of olive oil 30 minutes before meals for severe symptoms.
Do this only when there are symptoms, since olive oil may increase cholesterol blood level.
- Peppermint. Although there are more than 30 species of mint, peppermint is one of the most popular, with its purple-laced stems and bright green leaves. Peppermint is widely utilized as a food, flavoring and disinfectant. As a medicine, peppermint is famous for its effects on the stomach and intestines.
Peppermint is a tasty way to relieve gas, nausea, and stomach pain due to an irritable bowel, intestinal cramps, or indigestion. Peppermint is a carminative, or an agent that dispels gas and bloating in the digestive system and an antispasmodic capable of relieving stomach and intestinal cramps. Peppermint can be used for too much stomach acid (hyperacidity) and gastroenteritis, and it is safe for infants with colic.