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29 September 2006 :: 15:09:43 pm 22009

Stomach trouble cause by hyper acidity

Some people suffer stomach illness due to an increase pain in hyper acidity. A common disease in which a person with slow digestive system can easily get into trouble stomach. Medical experts made some research for medicines to cure such illness.
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Turning on the television or reading the newspaper is becoming an exercise in anxiety. If it‘s not terrorism, it‘s the latest health crisis or the struggling economy. All this stress is sending lots of us to our medicine chests to calm our nervous stomachs. And what do we usually reach for? That old standby — an over-the-counter (OTC) antacid.

Advertising claims would lead you to believe that any OTC antacid, such as Tums, Rolaids, Maalox or Pepcid, is harmless enough. Little did you know that taking an antacid actually can make your stomach problems worse. Stomach Acid: “A Good Thing”

You may be surprised to learn that Andrew Rubman, ND, describes stomach acid as a good thing. Proper digestion takes place as a series of functions, all of which depend on the presence of adequate stomach acid while you are eating.

When you take OTC antacids — or even worse, the “more effective” prescription variety — you‘re cutting down or even eliminating the acid you need at mealtimes. Without it, your stomach can‘t adequately break down food into its nutrient components. What‘s more, inadequate digestion of proteins encourages the liver to increase production of LDL cholesterol — the kind of cholesterol that does the most damage to your body.

An all-too-common result of taking OTC antacids on a regular daily basis is an increase in cholesterol, which is then often treated with yet another drug to lower cholesterol levels. Not a roller coaster ride you want to be on.

Go with the Flow

If you stop taking antacids as a favor to your liver, what do you do about your sour stomach?

“Prevent it in the first place,” says Dr. Rubman. Make sure you have adequate acid in your stomach during mealtimes, when you need it, and less stomach acid when you don‘t need it. “What we call excess stomach acid,” he explains, “is what we should call inappropriate stomach acid. “To make sure your stomach has sufficient acid at mealtimes, Dr. Rubman advises against “grazing” — snacking on food — throughout the day. Snacking signals the stomach to pump acid rather than saving it for mealtimes.

In addition…

Always chew your food thoroughly. Introducing saliva into the food as you chew will get the digestion process off to a good start.

Don‘t drink very much liquid while eating a meal. Dr. Rubman says more than a few sips of fluid will dilute the acid in the stomach. Also try to limit fluids for 30 minutes before you eat and for an hour afterward. His general rule: One fluid ounce of water for every two ounces by weight of solid food.

To avoid acid overproduction, Dr. Rubman also advises a few changes in eating habits…

Don‘t overeat. Leave that extra little bit of room for dessert, and then skip it.

Eliminate from your diet foods that have refined sugars, such as desserts. Sugars tend to destabilize the stomach, decreasing efficiency of digestion and nutritional value and creating gas.

Avoid caffeine and fried foods. Caffeine stops starch digestion and can impair acid production with meals. Fried foods create gastrointestinal inflammation and speed the aging process.

Between-Meal Defenses

If you still suffer from a sour stomach between meals, put something in it that will quiet it without triggering more acid production. Dr. Rubman has several suggestions…

“A time-tested remedy, believe it or not, is sauerkraut,” he says. In Europe, you can even buy sauerkraut juice for just that purpose. Five or 10 minutes after consuming sauerkraut, your stomach will relax and you‘ll feel great. Sounds weird, but in fact, the enzymes released during the fermentation of the cabbage as it turns into sauerkraut actually help break down and neutralize the inflammatory components of a sour stomach.

Should sauerkraut not be for you, some herbal products soothe and normalize the stomach without suppressing acid production. Dr. Rubman recommends gentian, an herb that comes in tinctures, capsules and fluid extracts. “Usually using eight to 10 drops in a little bit of water will do the job,” he says. Use this as needed rather than prophylactically.

Glyconda, a traditional herbal combination that includes turkey rhubarb root, cinnamon and goldenseal, is another old-fashioned remedy, one that grandmothers in Italy have been giving their families for years. Dissolve 10 to 20 drops in two ounces of warm tea or water, and drink before a meal.

Other products that address the problem…

* Gastri-Gest, a combination of plant-derived enzymes taken as needed as an antacid substitute. Available from Priority One (800-443-2039).

* Compound Herbal Elixir, a botanical mixture that can be used as needed as a “tummy tonic.” Available from Eclectic Institute (800-332-4372, www.eclecticherb.com).

Both of these products also are available at quality health-food stores.

When Problems Don‘t Resolve

Occasionally, a more severe stomach problem causes between-meal acid production. “This occurs when something in the stomach lining stimulates it in the same way that food does,” explains Dr. Rubman. Typically, the cause is a yeast organism or something similar. Often, the culprit is the same creature found in vaginal or oral thrush. You can avoid it by following the above steps to maintain adequate stomach acid levels during meals.

Caution: Anyone with gastritis that persists for more than 10 days or recurs more than once a month should be tested for the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.

It also might be an ulcer, which would require special treatment. “Having a gastric or duodenal ulcer is one of the few problems that call for prescription antacids to suppress stomach-acid production while the lesion heals properly,” says Dr. Rubman. If your problem does not respond to the natural remedies above within a few days, see your health-care provider to rule out a more serious condition.

When it comes to acid indigestion, don‘t let the cure be worse than the disease. Healthy eating habits and a strategy to work with the body‘s natural digestive function will go a long way in calming that grumbling pain.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Health

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