Acidity can be described as a condition wherein there is an excess of acid secretion by the gastric glands of stomach. Heartburn and gas formation are the major symptoms of acidity. Our body produces acid to digest the food we eat. However, problem strikes, when it produces more acid than what is required. It is, then, that the gastric juices move from the stomach, into the lower esophagus, making it dysfunctional. There are a number of reasons that lead to the formation of acidity. In the following lines, we have listed the causes as well as the symptoms of acidity.

Causes of Acidity :

  • Excessive smoking
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Gastro duodenal (peptic) ulcer
  • Hyper secretion of hydrochloric acid
  • Reflux of gastric acid
  • Not having meals on time
  • Eating fried and spicy food on a regular basis
  • 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
  • Inappropriate food habits
  • Negative emotions
  • Weakness of the valves

Symptoms of Acidity :

  • Burning sensation or pain in the stomach, 1-4 hours after a meal
  • Chest pain
  • Prolonged heartburn
  • Inflammation in chest
  • Feeling hungry frequently
  • Constant pain in the upper abdomen
  • Belching
  • Nausea
  • Bitter taste in mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Respiratory problems
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux
  • Voice change and formation of ulcer in esophagus (tube connecting mouth and stomach)
  • Pain during muscular contractions
  • Pain in ears
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