Too much acid can cause pain and discomfort in your stomach, particularly at night or an hour or so after a meal. Antacids like Quickies or Omeprazole are commonly prescribed which are great for short term relief but not good for you long term. (please always discuss with your practitioner as some individuals are prescribed this for different reasons).
According to Ayurveda Acid Reflux or GERD is a result of aggravation of pitta dosha.
In Ayurveda we look for the underlying cause of this increased acid. An individual consult will be very helpful but some general info may be a good start.
Commonly I see increased stomach acid occurring because of a lack of bile from the gall bladder. Bile breaks down fat which is why a lot of people feel worse after eating fatty foods like fried fish and chips. The fat will sit in the stomach causing bloating and belching.
So… what we do is try to get that bile flowing! If you keep taking antacids they don’t actually fix the underlying problem which is often that you need improved bile function (really hard to do if you’ve had your gall bladder removed but I have tips for that too if anyone wants to contact me).
Beetroot is my number one go to for gallbladder rescue! Beetroot has an amazing vasodilation effect – basically meaning it improves the circulation and improves bile flow. Also celery, lemon juice (I know right – who would have thought – but lemon actually alkalises in the gut), cooked leafy greens are also fab for improved bile. Sip on the famous CCF tea (cumin, coriander, fennel). Amalaki (gooseberry very high in Vitamin C also helps) – I have some on order which should be arriving soon.
Massage the tummy particularly on the right side under your ribs and apply a warm wheat bag before bed. Sometimes acid hangs around in your stomach and can cause upward pressure causing food to cling on to the diaphragm which over years can cause a hiatus hernia which you want to avoid.
Are you drinking enough water? The stomach lining is 95% water so if you haven’t drunk enough water there is more undiluted acid around. A little tip is to drink a large glass of WARM water half an hour before eating. 1/4tsp of baking soda can help if mixed in with the water.
Pomegranate juice ( pure juice not syrup) is also helpful to drink half a glass half an hour before meals
You will all know to avoid fried foods and avoid eating late at night!