Acidity is one of the most common problems faced by most of us, irrespective of age, thanks to the lifestyles we follow today. From the young to the old aged, all of us experience acidity, some in fact experience it severely and even on a daily basis.
Normally, the stomach secretes hydrochloric acid which helps in food digestion. But when this acid production by glands in the stomach is more than normal, it leads to acidity. Acidity is thus basically caused by an imbalance between the acid secreted in the stomach and the protective mechanisms that ensure the stomach safety from the acid produced.
Acidity mainfests itself in different individuals in different ways, making them unconfortable. Some feel a burning sensation in their stomach, chest, throat, while others feel a pain in the upper abdomen, stomach especially after one to four hours of a meal. Some get a sour, bitter taste in the mouth due to oral secretions, belching, a sensation of nausea, vomitting etc. There are some who lose their appetite, have a strong headache etc. Other associated problems of acidity are indigestion, constipation, gas, bloatedness, reflux etc.