Friday, 8 July 2011


Acidity may be defined as sour or burning sensation in the chest, which is caused by regurgitation of the excessive acid secretion into the upper end of the esophagus.

Normally the stomach secretes an acid, which is essential for the digestion. This acid helps in the breakdown of the food. When there is excessive secretion of this acid by the stomach it results in acidity. Its common symptoms are dyspepsia, heartburn and formation of the ulcers. It is more common in emotional and nervous individuals.

This is caused due to excessive secretion of hydrochloric acid, either from an increased quantity of the gastric juice or increased concentration of hydrochloric acid in it.
Symptoms of Acidity or Heartburn

  • Burning sensation or pain in the stomach after one to four hours of a meal
  • Constant pain in upper abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting and loss of appetite
  • Feel hungry frequently
  • Loss of appetite
  • Respiratory problems
  • Coughing
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux
  • Pain during muscular contractions
  • Pain in ears

Causes of Acidity
  • Excessive smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Gastro duodenal (peptic) ulcers.
  • Problems in the functioning of digestive system
  • Being on an empty stomach for a long time or skipping breakfast
  • Eating foods rich in fats, like chocolates
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Excessive exposure to sun and heat
  • Hyper secretion of hydrochloric acid
  • Reflux of gastric acid
  • Not eating on time
  • Eating fried and spicy food regularly

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