Proper digestion of food forms the basis of a healthy body and any imbalance in this system can result into dreadful aftermaths. The basis of healthy metabolism, Digestion system is often the most ignored. Eating junk food, Oily food in excess often results in conditions like acidity or heartburn.
How does our Digestive tract work?
Digestion of food starts as soon as it is chewed in the mouth. The saliva generated from or salivary glands mix with the food and help in its easy digestion. After that the food passes through the oesophagus. A tube that connects the mouth to the stomach, oesophagus or the food pipe is made of muscles that aim to push the food towards the stomach in rhythmic waves. After reaching the stomach, food is prevented from refluxing into the food pipe by a special muscle called the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) which is located at the joint of the oesophagus and stomach. A pressure difference in the diaphragm also helps to keep the contents in the stomach.
The stomach gradually combines food, enzymes and acids together to initiate the digestion process. The special layer of protective cells, that are lined in the stomach prevent acid formation therefore avoiding inflammation. Since the oesophagus does not have this layer of protective cells, the smallest reflux of digestive juices into the food pipe can cause inflammation hence damaging the unguarded lining.
Causes of Acidity:
The main cause of Acidity is the irregular eating habits. Due to the stressful life, people in Delhi generally ignore eating according to the body clock. The other main cause of improper digestion is eating foods that stimulate acid secretion in the stomach. Some of the foods that cause acidity are: alcohol, carbonated beverages, acidic juices like the juice grapefruit, orange and pineapple, chocolate, and caffeine. Smoking and the intake of high-fat content foods also cause heartburn.
Ayurvedic treatment for Acidity:
Amlapitta or Acidity in Ayurveda is characterized by an escalation of sourness and heat in the body. The high intensity of Pitta in the body impairs the digestive fire, therefore leading to production of Ama (toxins) due to improper digestion of food. This Ama amasses in the digestive tracts and causes Acidity. The Ayurvedic treatment for Acidity focuses on appeasing the increased Pitta Dosha. The acidity treatment in Delhi also focuses on treatment for gas, which is the initial stage of Acid formation. As the most effective treatment for Acidity, Ayurveda eliminates toxin formations and cleanses the digestive channels which instantly lead to better digestion.