New Delhi: Acidity or acid reflux is a common, growing problem that is characterised by a burning pain, also known as heartburn, in the lower chest area. Other symptoms of acid reflux include bloating, burping, hiccups that don’t let up, nausea, etc. It happens when some acid from your stomach flows up into your food pipe or oesophagus. Acid reflux, also known as acid indigestion, is often a result of external factors such as unhealthy eating habits, low levels of physical activity, weight gain, obesity, and smoking, etc. In many cases, lifestyle changes can help alleviate reflux symptoms. There are many home remedies that can help treat acidity, in fact, many people claimed that lemon water can be beneficial for reducing symptoms of acid reflux.
But, it seems there are mixed reactions when it comes to lemons for treating the symptoms of acid reflux. Some experts brag about the benefits using lemon water as a home remedy for heartburn, but others warn that lemon and other citrus fruits can increase the severity of the symptoms. So, this article examines whether lemon water can actually help you get rid of acidity.
Many studies suggest that lemons can offer several health benefits, including burning body fat and aiding weight loss. For instance, a study reported that the compounds in lemon helped mice lose fat cells and keep them off. Weight gain and obesity are considered risk factors for acid reflux. The idea is that if lemon can aid weight loss, drinking lemon water may lead to a reduction in acid reflux symptoms. As per the Mayo Clinic, losing excess weight, eating smaller meals, avoiding foods (such as fatty or fried foods) that can trigger heartburns, making healthier lifestyle choices can help treat occasional acid reflux.
Another theory is that lemons are a rich source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that can help the body protect against cell damage that may be caused by acid reflux. And if you have acidity due to low stomach acid, it is claimed that drinking lemon can be a good choice considering its potential alkalising effects.
Also, there’s evidence that a diet rich in ascorbic acid or vitamin C, such as lemon juice, may actually play a role in protecting the stomach against certain cancers and other damages – these findings were especially relevant to people with gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.
How to use lemon water for acidity
If you have occasional acid reflux and decide to use this natural remedy to treat your symptoms, here are a few things to keep in mind:
The bottom line is that there’s no conclusive evidence suggesting that lemon juice will cure or reduce acid reflux symptoms. Yet, if you still want to try this home remedy, you may consider following the above-suggested advice.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.
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