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Acidity and Heartburn (Acid Reflux)


What is Acidity and Heartburn?

Heartburn is the ailment which features a burning pain in the lower chest region. This is caused due to acid reflux which means your stomach acid flowing back up into your food pipe.

The heartburn usually feels like it’s burning in the center of your chest, behind your breastbone. This condition shouldn’t last for more than an hour and can be cured at home with non-prescription medicines.

What are the Symptoms of Acidity and Heartburn?

Symptoms of Acidity and Heartburn include:

  • Chest pain, particularly when you bend over, stretch out, or eat
  • Burning at the back of your esophagus
  • Fluid at the back of your esophagus that tastes hot, sour, acidic, or salty
  • Lasting cough, sore throat, or hoarseness
  • Dysphagia — the sensation of food being stuck in your throat
  • Nausea
  • Burping
  • Bloating

What are the Causes of Acidity and Heartburn?

  • Going to bed right after you eat
  • Eat excessively
  • Over recommended weight for your height
  • Overeating spicy or fatty or acidic food
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications. Look at product labels for side effects.
  • Cigarette and alcohol usage

When to see a Doctor?

You should contact your doctor if:

Your heartburn won’t go away within less than an hour and you start experiencing severe symptoms like difficulty swallowing, vomiting, continuous nausea. Also when it keeps coming back even after taking over-the-counter medicines for weeks. Also, you should not delay in seeing a doctor if you experience serious hoarseness or wheezing and your discomfort impedes your lifestyle or daily activities.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Acidity and Heartburn

You can often prevent and manage heartburn by making changes to your diet and lifestyle. These changes include:
  • Not going to bed with a full stomach.
  • Avoiding overeating.
  • Eating slowly
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothes.
  • Avoiding certain foods.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Not smoking.
  • Sleeping on your left side.
  • Raising the head of your bed
  • Planning your exercise to avoid heartburn.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Acidity and Heartburn

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not known.
Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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