Has Hyperacidity Stopped you From Living Life?
When that sudden acidic content shoots from your stomach up your throat into your mouth, your whole being shudders at the sour taste. What’s more, you may find yourself battling with the discomfort of acid reflux or heartburn for days, not to mention the accompanying host of symptoms of excess acid in the stomach which at times could be debilitating.
Although hyperacidity is a common problem affecting more than 25% of people in the US, sometimes it leads to other health complications requiring invasive and intensive medical interventions. Fortunately, there are alternative home remedies for hyperacidity so you need not pop pills or go to the doctor all of the time. To handle this problem effectively at home, you should first understand its causes.
The Real Cause of Hyperacidity
The acid in a human stomach is a combination of hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride and sodium chloride. These acids, known as gastric acid, aid in digestion. Thanks to gravity and the lower esophageal sphincter or LES, the human body can keep gastric acid in the stomach. The LES opens to let food into your stomach and to allow belching and then shuts again tightly. When it opens more often than necessary or does not close tightly enough, stomach acid leaks into the gut causing the telltale burning sensation.
The major factors contributing to the malfunction of the LES include:
- Pressure on the stomach caused by obesity, poor bowel movements such as constipation, and pregnancy
- Too much food in your stomach due to overfeeding
- Dietary factors where some foods such as citrus fruits, chocolate, onions, spices, and tomatoes make the LES valve relax
- Meals containing high levels of animal or vegetable oils and fats
- Beverages such as alcohol, coffee, and drinks containing caffeine
- Lack of sleep
- Some types of medication
Although occasional acid reflux poses no risks and is manageable with non-prescription drugs, when it is persistent, it could be a symptom of or lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is an acute ailment which in turn leads to other severe health problems including Barrett’s esophagus, esophagitis, and cancer. You should be keen about your health and keep a diary to monitor your lifestyle to know whether you are suffering from heartburn or the more serious GERD.
How to Identify Hyperacidity Symptoms for Acid Reflux or GERD
Acid reflux manifests itself in the following symptoms:
It’s characterized by discomfort and pain in the upper abdomen, nausea mostly after a meal, burping, and a feeling of bloating or stomach fullness.
A sudden backing of gastric acid up into your throat and mouth which irritates those parts. It causes a bitter taste and could cause vomiting.
Fortunately, this has nothing to do with your heart. Acid indigestion can cause a burning sensation in your stomach, throat, chest, and abdomen.
As you observe your condition, consider the following questions in helping you to reach a correct diagnosis for either GERD or acid reflux:
- Is your heartburn worse than it was previously?
- Does the heartburn persist even after taking over-the-counter medication?
- Are you having trouble swallowing?
- Do you need to increase the dosage of over-the-counter medicine to control heartburn?
- Are you having a sudden loss of appetite and baffling weight loss?
You need medical attention if the above questions describe your prevailing condition as you could be suffering from GERD. Whichever the case, any of the two digestive disorders is disconcerting and requires appropriate and speedy treatment. Most medications relieve the pain and symptoms, but home remedies remain a viable option in the management and reversal of hyperacidity symptoms.
Recommended Home Remedies for Hyper Acidity
Home remedies for hyperacidity vary depending on the cause of acid in stomach and the digestive tract. Take note, however, that if the cause is an underlying medical condition, then a home remedy will drastically reduce discomfort but may not absolutely or reliably manage excess acid in stomach cavities. If you want to improve your quality of life, try these hyperacidity home remedies.
- Reduce the intake of foods and drinks such as caffeinated and fizzy drinks, spiced or oily foods and citrus fruits that cause acid reflux.
- Add bananas, watermelon, apples, papayas, turmeric and raw ginger to your diet to improve digestion and reduce acidity.
- Steer clear of junk foods for their high content of sugar, salt, and oils that cause heartburn and obesity – another cause of acid reflux.
- Avoid eating heavy meals just before bedtime.
- Eat foods with high fiber content to enhance bowel movements.
- Eat smaller food portions throughout the day and chew your food well.
- Cut back on smoking and alcohol intake.
- Consider homeopathy for the burning. One remedy that has helped many people is Arsenicum Album 30C or 30X. Dissolve 5 pellets under the tongue 3 or 4 times a day, away from food. Ideally check with a Homeopath or Naturopath for more specific guidance as there are many different choices that may be of value for you.
- Although using pillows when sleeping or napping to avoid lying flat on your back is said to prevent acidity and heartburn at night, it may not be effective. Use blocks instead to tilt up the head of your bed by about six inches.
- Adopt stress management techniques such as yoga and meditation, and take herbal teas such as chamomile tea.
- Ingest non-prescription antacids preferably an hour before a meal.
- Reduce activities that put pressure on your belly such as bending, coughing, wearing tight clothes and belts, and lifting heavy objects.
- Take a solution of one glass of water and baking soda to trigger burping which reduces pressure on the stomach.
- Aloe Vera juice extracted from the ingestible variety and the juice of unpeeled raw potatoes are natural antacids.
- Although dairy products have been said to improve this condition temporarily, they should be avoided as they increase levels of stomach acids.
- Lose the fat around your waist by following an approved diet and exercise plan.
- Use a diary to keep track of the foods that trigger your heartburn and replace them with healthier options.
When to See a Doctor
If the following conditions manifest as you continue with acidity home remedies, then you should see a doctor.
- Vomiting blood
- Blood in your stool (sometimes this will be dark red or even black)
- Difficulty when swallowing or breathing
- Heartburn getting worse over time
- Dizziness and confusion
- Sudden unexplainable weight loss
Try Acidity Home Remedies Today
Taking an antacid and adjusting your diet are two of the basic home remedies you should try right away as you come up with a program to manage your hyperacidity.
Author: Esateys Stuchiner
Esateys (pronounced Ee sáh teez) is an International Life Transformational Speaker, Author, Master Facilitator, Life Coach and Expert in the Human condition. She is a Nationally and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. For over 30 years, she has practiced, taught and lectured extensively in the allopathic and alternative medicine field.
Esateys is known for her groundbreaking work in the areas of personal empowerment and health restoration using mindset and inner connection as the catalyst for all change.
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