Having acidity and gas is very common. About 8 out of 10 adults go through this symptom at least once in their life but they tend to face problem while describing or naming it because acidity and gas are two different conditions.
Before we discuss the home remedies and differences between the acidity and gas; I think it’s important to learn about your own digestive tract and how your digestive system works.
What is Digestion
Digestion is the process by which food and drink are broken down into their smallest parts into nutrients so that the body can use them to build and nourish cells, growth and to provide energy.
How does Digestive system work
The digestive tract (or gastrointestinal tract) is a long twisting tube that is made up of a series of muscles which coordinate the movement of food and other cells that make enzymes and hormones to break down food. Along the way are three other organs that are needed for digestion: liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
Digestion works by moving food through the GI tract. Digestion begins in the mouth with chewing and ends in the small intestine. As food passes through the GI tract, it mixes with digestive juices, causing large molecules of food to break down into smaller molecules. The body then absorbs these smaller molecules through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream, which delivers them to the rest of the body. Waste products of digestion pass through the large intestine and out of the body as a solid matter called stool.
Difference between gas and acidity
ACIDITY is due to the formation of excess acid in the stomach. It happens because of excessive intake of tea, coffee, and spicy foods or due to the bacterial infection.
GAS, on the other hand, is mainly because of eating excessive dairy products, sweets, consuming carbonated drinks, gulping air while eating food during talking. It can also be formed by carbs fermentation inside the intestine or aerophagia or bacterial (normal gut flora) production.
Home Remedies for Gas and Acidity
Almost every individual have faced the symptoms of acidity or gas problem at some point in his or her life. It’s a common condition hence; there are a lot of effective home remedies available.
Ginger is available in your kitchen probably right now. It is known to contain many healing properties and also have been used from many years for its ability to cure a bevy of your stomach problems. From indigestion and gas to bloating, ginger contain anti-inflammatory compounds. Gingers active compounds may come handy to cure them all.
Its phenolic compounds are said to relieve gastrointestinal irritation and lessen gastric contractions. This means ginger can reduce the likelihood of acid flowing from your stomach back into your esophagus.
How to take Ginger for acidity and gas
When suffering from severe indigestion and acidity;
- Lemon water (1 tablespoon)
- Ginger chopped (1 tablespoon)
- Honey (2 tablespoon)
- Add them together
Ginger can also be consumed raw or in greentea but avoid too much intake of ginger.
· Basil Leaves
Basil leave is a herb known for its amazing healing properties and health benefits. Basil leaves when consumed soothes the inflamed oesophagus and stomach lining caused by excessive stomach acid production. Basil leaves also have antiulcer properties which reduce the effect of gastric acids and curb gas production. Basil leaf juice and powder are also often used in Ayurvedic medicines for indigestion.
How to take Basil Leaves for acidity and gas
- Take three basil leaves
- Add them in luke warm water
- Let leaves sit in water for about 5-10 minutes
Can also chew 2-3 leaves or take them in salad.
Lemon has anti-inflammatory properties and it also helps with nausea so when lemon is consumed with Honey, it works miraculously to reduce the acidity or gas problems.
How to take Lemon for acidity and gas
- Take one lemon
- Squeeze lemon juice in luke warm water
- Add one teaspoon of honey init.
You can also use lemon in green tea.
Yes, you’re reading it right. Problems like heartburn, acid reflux and even peptic ulcers can be caused by a lack of water in your body. Drink plenty of water.
How to take water for acidity and gas
- Luke warm water in the morning
- Lemon juice
- Pineapple juice
- Orange juice
- Beetroot juice
Water intake mixed with these juices helps with acidity and gas problems. But make sure to take your juices, fresh.
Cardamom is known for its amazing health benefits throughout the centuries. Cardamom is carminative in nature and helps speed up digestion, reduces inflammation of the stomach lining, fights heart burn and nausea. You can consume cardamom raw or even with green tea.
How to take Cardamom for acidity and gas
- Chew 2-3 cloves of raw cardamom
- Make greentea and add 2-3 pieces of cardamom.
· Mint Leaves
The soothing effect of Mint leaves has a lot of benefits and have been used not only in medicines but also in dental products, skin products etc. it is due to its amazing and refreshing benefits.
Mint leaves helps with digestion, nausea, nasal congestion and improves blood circulation. It can be consumed raw fresh or dries or can be taken with green tea.
How to take Mint Leaves for Acidity and gas
- Luke warm Water (2 cup)
- Add 15 mint leaves in luke warm water and leave it for 15 minutes
- Add Honey (1 teaspoon)
You can drink mint leave tea in morning or make salad aswell.
These are some super easy and effective home remedies to fight gas and acidity problems which are super accessible home ingredients and herbs to beat the acidity and gas blues, try to go for these natural remedies rather than the medical ones of antacid available when you experience the above mentioned symptoms of acidity or gas.