I suffered from acidity all my life. On medical advice I took antacids prescribed to me for two weeks. The two weeks soon turned into years and before I knew it, a decade had passed. Failing to do so would result in the most severe headache and heartburn by 9 am. I did an endoscopy (for those who have not, trust me, you don’t want to do one) and the doctor said I had ulcers and had no choice but to continue my medication.

When I started my journey to mindful eating, by mistake I forgot to take my medication. Days passed and I didn’t realize that I wasn’t taking my medication until one day I suddenly stopped and asked myself – did I really just spend the last one week not taking any antacids?

Acidity is caused by an imbalance in the acid secreting mechanism of your stomach which secretes excess acids. It is common after meals or intra-abdominal exercises like weight lifting. When the acids enter your esophagus it causes acid reflux and ultimately a headache.

If you have acidity, there are various remedies including having basil leaves, ginger, fennel, cumin. A doctor even advised me to have cold milk every night. I found the easiest way to eliminate acidity was to eat a balanced diet three times a day, preferably before 6 pm, ensure that you don’t eat more than 150 gms of carbohydrates daily and don’t eat significantly more than your BMR (basal metabolic rate) unless you are engaged in vigorous exercise. I didn’t find the need to eat six meals a day as many advise. I haven’t had an antacid in eighteen months.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.