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Causes of Acidity

Explore the uncomfortable world of acidity as we uncover its causes, symptoms, and effective remedies for a happier, healthier digestive system.

  • 11 Oct 2023
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Do you often suffer from chest pain, nausea and heartburn? Do you feel like the molten lava in your stomach may burn through your oesophagus any minute? If yes, then it’s time to take some measures against acidity for health. Acidity is a common condition where an excess production of acids in the stomach by the gastric glands creates irritation and a burning sensation known as ‘heartburn’. It can be due to either too much spicy food or simply because of improper diet plans adopted unconsciously. The long-term effects of acidity are quite serious and must be dealt with immediately. In this article, we'll discuss the main causes of acidity.

 

How is Acidity Caused?

So, what causes acidity? One of the most prevalent causes of acidity is an abnormality in the stomach known as a hiatal hernia. Typically, the diaphragm plays a role in retaining stomach acid where it belongs. However, in the presence of a hiatal hernia, acid can migrate upwards into the oesophagus, leading to the manifestation of acid reflux disease symptoms.

 

In addition to hiatal hernias, there are several other common risk factors associated with acid reflux disease:

  • Consuming large meals or lying down shortly after eating can contribute to the condition.
  • Being overweight or obese can cause acidity.
  • Eating a substantial meal and subsequently lying on your back or bending at the waist can increase the issue.
  • Snacking in close proximity to bedtime is also a recognised risk factor.
  • Consuming specific foods such as citrus, tomatoes, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, or spicy and fatty foods can trigger acid reflux.
  • Certain beverages, including alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, or tea, have the potential to increase the condition.
  • Tobacco use, such as smoking, is another risk factor for acid reflux disease.
  • Lastly, being pregnant can predispose individuals to acid reflux condition

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If you experience acid reflux symptoms two or more times a week or find that medications fail to provide sustained relief, it is advisable to consult your doctor for appropriate evaluation and management.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, acidity, or acid reflux, is characterised by recurring heartburn in the lower chest area. Frequent symptoms may lead to a diagnosis of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Addressing acidity involves a combination of medication and lifestyle changes. One prominent cause is a hiatal hernia, where stomach acid escapes into the esophagus due to diaphragm displacement. Additional risk factors include overeating and pregnancy. Understanding what causes acidity and seeking medical attention for acid reflux is essential for effective management. Also, ensure that you have a health insurance plan in place to safeguard yourself against any financial stress.


Disclaimer: The above blog aims to provide general information about health and related topics. Any information provided in this blog, website or in any linked materials is not intended and should not be considered, or used as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is important that you contact your Doctor before starting a new medicine or health regime.


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