We all know what Acidity is, right? Its when there is too much acid floating around in your stomach**. And all this extra acid has nothing better to do lying around in your tummy… so guess what it does?
You’re right. It causes ulcers, indigestion, heartburn etc etc. Fun? Didn’t think so.
So what do you do?
But WAIT! Before that… WHY is there all that extra acid floating around in your stomach anyway?
I’ll tell you why. Think about all the times that you feel that familiar burning sensation in your stomach? My guess is, more often than not, its because you’ve been sitting around on an empty stomach all day! Isn’t it? Yes, it is. Dont lie.
Here’s a very common diet routine : You wake up at 7am but your breakfast is not until 10 or 11am. Your lunch happens around 3pm… and dinner? I dont know… 10pm? Maybe 11pm? And what do you eat between meals? “Oh no, wait. We dont eat between meals (because that will make us fat!). So we just drink tea. Or coffee. Plenty of it through the day (because it suppresses our appetite too! Double yay!)” And then maybe you pop pills for acidity? WOW. Excellent diet routine. Pat on your back. (Did you know that tea/coffee INCREASE your level of acidity?)
THAT is why you have acidity ever so often**. Because YOU DONT EAT!
Your stomach doesn’t know that you like being mean to it… so the poor guy just does his job of secreting acidic enzymes (meant to digest food) throughout the day. And if you dont eat… all those acidic enzymes just float around in your belly and give you a massive burning sensation.
Conversely, if you’re somebody who’s eating on time but stuffing yourself with a lot of restaurant food or fried food or alcohol or cigarettes, then you might have acid-related problems as well.
So NOW ask me what do you do?
The only best thing you can(and should) do is to EAT. Home-cooked healthy food. On time. Everyday. Simple Dimple.
Wake up in the morning and put something healthy in your mouth within 10 to 15 mins of waking up. If not breakfast (agreed, it takes time to cook), atleast have a fruit or some nuts. Have your breakfast within the hour and after that, eat something EVERY 2 hours! No, not tea or coffee. Eat something substantial. Something healthy. (If you’re confused, shoot me an email or comment below).
Try it for a few days and see for yourself because when you stop being mean to your stomach, it will stop being mean to you too! :)
** Disclaimer : Whatever I have written above is only meant to help with common acid-related issues. If you’re someone with a more complicated stomach (eat well, on time and still have heartburns?) then you might want to talk to your Physician before talking to a Nutritionist/Dietitian.