Acidity is a digestive fluid formed in the stomach. It is composed of hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride and sodium chloride. Our stomach produces acid to digest the food that we eat. This is a regular and natural process. When we eat; cells within the lining of the stomach pump acid to liquefy our sumptuous dinner, from mash potatoes to a slab of steak.
Problem occurs when these cells produce large amount of acid, more than your stomach needs. When this happens, you will suffer from stomach acidity. You would know if you were suffering from stomach acidity if you feel a burning sensation just above the stomach, or right below your breastbone. This is the most classic sign of acidity.
Excess acid secretion can also cause acidity, when the normal protective lining of the stomach and duodenum (the part of the intestine that joins the stomach), is damaged.
Cause Acid digestive disorder is the excessive emission of hydrochloric acid by the stomach cells. This is medically known as hyperchlorhydria. Sometimes used interchangeably with heartburn.
Consumption of alcohol, highly spicy foodstuffs, irregular food habits, and Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) also predispose to gastric acidity.
There is a higher incidence of acidity in highly emotional and nervous individuals. It is also more common in the developed and industrialized nations, though a recent increase in incidence has also occurred in the developing countries.
Treatment Grape juice is very beneficial for treating acidity. Despite its acid taste, fresh grape fruit has an alkaline reaction. After digestion the citric acid of the fruit is oxidized in the human system and hence the effect is to increase the alkalinity of the fluids of the body. This juice is beneficial in prevention and treatment of the acidity and many diseases caused by too much acidity in the system.