Individuals with a Pitta imbalance are susceptible to hyperacidity, peptic ulcers, and some types of inflammatory disorders. Stress, anger, impatience, extra-hot spicy foods, and environmental factors such as extreme heat can aggravate Pitta. A few simple changes in lifestyle and diet can help bring Pitta into balance for smoother, more effective digestion and greater calm and contentment.
How To Avoid Hyper Acidity in Daily Life
1. Avoid Food Which Increases Acid Secretion
Pitta is the heat energy within every cell, but it is mainly located in the stomach area. Excess intake of heat-producing foods can mean that the digestive tract overreacts with an increase in acid production.
- Pitta-aggravating foods such as vinegar, tomatoes, sour citrus fruits, orange juice, salsa, yogurt, onions, garlic, chili peppers, salty fried foods, and alcohol all aggravate the digestion when too much acid is present. These foods should be completely avoided until the acid level is brought into complete balance. And if there is sensitivity to these foods, they should be avoided in general.
2. Avoid Eating Too Fast
If you eat your meal faster then there are high chances of indigestion as well as hyperacidity.
3. Don’t Skip Breakfast/Meal
It is important to not skip meals if you suffer from acid indigestion.
- Eating breakfast is especially crucial. Even if you are not especially hungry in the morning, it is important to at least take something light like fruit, warm milk, or date.
- Skipping breakfast has the effect of aggravating a subdosha of Pitta called Sadhaka Pitta, which governs the emotional heart. It is responsible for contentment and bliss.
- As lunchtime approaches, with Agni (the digestive fire) increasing and also stomach acid, an empty stomach is not ideal from the Ayurvedic viewpoint. It may result in irritability, anger, impatience and a feeling of being over-hungry so that when lunch time comes you tend to overeat.
4. Avoid Stress
- Try to avoid high-stress situations, and practice stress-management techniques. – Enjoy natural beauty. The appreciation of natural beauty helps to balance Sadhaka Pitta and reduces stress.
- Favor cooling foods and drinks such as fresh coconut juice. Use an electric drill to make a hole in the coconut, and use a straw to sip on the coconut juice. Use the fresh coconut meat in your vegetables, rice dishes, or chutneys. If you feel discomfort during the day, take a few sips of cool milk on an empty stomach.
5. Eat Food That Alleviate Pitta
- Eating sweet, bitter & astringent food alleviates excess pitta, So it is beneficial to eat bitter guard, pomegranate, milk etc. Cow’s Milk & ghee also neutralize excess pitta.
- Pomegranate juice and pomegranate chutney also help balance the acid in the stomach. It tastes sour, but it is actually both astringent and bitter, which help balance Pitta.
- Fresh Aloe Vera gel straight from the leaf is balancing. Avoid the store-bought juice, as citric acid is used as a preservative and it is too acidic if you suffer from acid indigestion.
About the Author
Dr.Yogesh Chavan is renowned Ayurveda Physician from Nashik, India. He is also a passionate blogger with the motto to spread Ayurveda Sciences to the community. He is spreading Ayurveda & health knowledge through articles in many newspapers & his blog www.ayushmanbhavayurveda.com . Dr. Chavan is an expert in Ayurveda medicine & panchakarma treatment. His work & sound knowledge in this field has been acknowledged by many institutes.