Manage Acidity Through Yoga And Yogic Lifestyle

Acidity; also known as acid reflux is a condition characterised by burning pain in the chest or heartburn. It occurs when gastric acid goes up in the oesophagus or food pipe. It causes a burning sensation in the chest, belching, bitter or sour taste in the mouth, bloating, sore throat, dyspepsia, discomfort, etc.

Causes of Acidity:

There are various causative and maintaining causes for acidity. Some causes of acidity are the following:

  • Poor and sedentary lifestyle
  • Uncontrolled and irregular eating habits
  • Eating at odd times
  • Overeating
  • Frequent skipping of meals
  • Eating unhealthy food, oily food, spicy food, excessive citrus food, low dietary fibre intake, eating excess table salt, eating junk food, Excessive consumption of carbonated drinks, tea, coffee, alcohol, etc.
  • Going to bed just after eating
  • Irregular  and unhealthy sleep patterns, sleeping late at night, Incomplete sleep
  • Side-effects of certain medicines
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Certain disease conditions like GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), Peptic ulcer, Chronic constipation, etc
  • Smoking 

Also read: 5 Golden Rules For Yoga Practitioner To Get Best Results

Yoga and Yogic Lifestyle for Acidity:

  • Correct your lifestyle
  • Eat frequent healthy meals
  • Eat sativik homemade food
  • Don’t overeat, chew your food properly
  • Add seasonal organic fruits and vegetables to your daily diet
  • Drink enough water
  • Don’t go to bed with a full stomach, finish your meal minimum 3 hours before going to the bed
  • Take proper sleep and sleep on time
  • Sleep on the left side
  • If you are taking any medicines then consult your consulting doctor
  • Have lukewarm water, banana, watermelon juice, jaggery, fennel powder with water, ajwain, mint leaves, buttermilk, increase dietary fibres, etc.
  • Manage obesity
  • Check carbonated drinks, tea and coffee consumption
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Use a pillow and raise your head while lying down
  • Daily do yoga, meditation, pranayam, Yoga Nidra, Yogic Kriya and Mudra
  • Yoga asans such as Vajrasan, Pavanmuktasan, Ushtrasan, Ardha Matsyendrasa, Paschimottanasan, etc.
  • Yogic kriyas like vaman dhauti and kapalbhati, etc.

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Final Words:

Acidity is a common condition and can be managed by making changes in lifestyle and through yoga. First, have a doctor consultation to know the exact condition, then you may treat acidity through yoga therapy from a certified and experienced yoga teacher as every individual has a different body constitution and disease condition and general yoga guidelines may not be appropriate for you.

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