To simply put it - Acidity or Stomach acidity in this case is when there is an imbalance of Acidic and Alkaline / Basic fluids. If acidity occurs rarely and is of mild nature, then it is safe to ignore. After all, we all do mess up our meals once in a while. But if your acidity is a cause for a burning sensation called 'Heartburn' and is a regular occurance, then it is time to take a thorough look at your diet.
Heartburn, feeling bloated or nauseaus, frequent hiccups, Dysphagia ( feeling of food being stuck in throat ), vomiting are all symptoms of acidity, light of severe.
Most common causes of acidity are lifestyle related - Improper meal timings, eating too much, eating too little, overly large gaps between meals are just some of the causes to list:
What is caused by bad lifestyle, can be fixed introducing positive changes and slowly improving your lifestyle. The process takes time and requires diligence. Good habits take time to form.
Some lifestyle habits that can help you:
That said, if you have severe symptoms like frequent GERD or Heartburn that persists and occurs very often, please visit a doctor since along with an improved lifestyle, you may need some medications as well.
There are foods that when had frequently and at the wrong time can cause acidity. Then there are foods that are more alkaline / basic in nature and can help balance out your stomach acidity. The trick to maintaining an acid balance in your body is knowing which type of food to eat at what time and in what frequency. Here is a list of foods that can help you control your stomach acidity - Foods that help reduce acidity
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