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A home remedy for acidity, flatulence and indigestion -- Himalayan black salt or kala namak

A home remedy for acidity, flatulence and indigestion -- Himalayan black salt or kala namak

A salt that does more than adding taste to your salads and yogurt.

Written by Debjani Arora |Updated : August 5, 2015 6:30 PM IST

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Popping an antacid after every meal to take care of your acidity can harm you in one way or the other. So why not go the natural way and treat your acidity. You don t have to look for a magic cure. If you have black salt or kala namak in your kitchen, you can get rid of your acidity along with problems of flatulence and indigestion that follows. Here are a few home remedies for acidity that really works.

Here is how black salt helps

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It aids digestion: Being a natural stimulant, black salt helps the liver in producing bile that in turn helps in digestion and also improves one's appetite. Bile contains certain acids that are critical for digestion and absorption of fat and fat-soluble vitamins in the small intestine. Here are nine home remedies for better digestion.

It reduces heartburn: Used widely in Ayurvedic medicine formulations, black salt helps to balance the acid levels in the stomach reducing incidences of reflux and heartburn. Here are some simple tips that can help you avert incidences of heartburn.

It reduces bloating and flatulence: The chemical composition of black salt, which is rich in sodium chloride, sulphate, iron, manganese, ferric oxide, etc., makes it anti-flatulent. Hence, consuming small amounts of the salt, especially after meals help in reducing flatulence and make you feel light after a heavy meal. Here are five reasons why you should have dinner around sunset.

It improves blood count: The iron in the salt also helps to fight anemia and improve your blood count.

How to have it

  • According to Ayurvedic preparations, black salt ground with ajwain added to lemon juice can help fight symptoms of acidity, flatulence and heartburn, preferably if had after your meals or before bed time.
  • Sprinkle black salt on yoghurt, raita, salads or other vegetable preparations to enjoy its benefits. To use this salt for cooking purposes, mix equal amounts of table salt and black salt and use it as and when needed.
  • You can also chew a piece of black salt or have a pinch of it directly after your meals.

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