Friday, June 5, 2009

Yoga for Acidity

What causes acidity?

Acids are secreted by the stomach to help the process of digestion by breaking down food. However, sometimes excess acids may be produced in the stomach, leading to acidity. This acid may also sometimes leak back into the esophagus, resulting in acid reflux and heartburn.

How can yoga help to reduce acidity?

There are a number of factors that precipitate acidity including a sluggish digestive system, negative emotions, and stress. Yoga can help you to deal with acidity by addressing all of these issues. In addition, by following a yogic diet you can further ensure that you avoid bouts of acidity.

What are the best yoga poses for acidity?

There a number of yoga poses that help to reduce and control acidity. Let us take a look at some of them.

Vira Asansa: The Vira Asana, or Hero Pose, is an excellent pose for stimulating the digestive system and reducing acidity. This posture can even be performed after meals and is an excellent acidity remedy.

Baddha Kona Asana: The Baddha Kona Asana , or Cobbler Pose, is another excellent yoga posture for acidity. In addition, this posture lowers your blood pressure and helps to calm the mind.

Makara Asana: The Makara Asana, or Crocodile Pose, massages the internal organs in the abdomen and helps them to function more efficiently. This not only reduces acidity but ensures that your digestive system functions properly.

Shava Asana: The Corpse Pose, or Shava Asana, helps you to consciously relax each and every part of your body and slow down your breathing rate. This in turn aids in proper digestion and goes a long way in relieving acidity.

Pranayama: Yoga breathing techniques also known as Pranayama helps the mind to relax and ensure that all parts of your body receive a sufficient supply of oxygen. This not only ensures that your body functions more efficiently, but also ensures that your mind is at peace, free of stress, and all other negative mental emotions that serve as a catalyst for acidity.

How to avoid acidity?

In addition to performing yoga for acidity there are a number of other changes that you can make to ensure that you never have to suffer from acidity again.
  • Avoid oily or spicy foods.
  • Stick to a vegetarian yogic diet.
  • Eat several small meals instead of three large ones.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat slowly and chew your food well.
  • Avoid drinking too much of coffee, colas, or alcohol as they can precipitate acidity.
  • Smoking also brings about acidity.