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Natural and herbal remedies for excess stomach acid relief.
Excess Stomach Acid
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What is Excess Stomach Acid?
When we eat food, our body needs to break it down into usable nutrients and vitamins. The process of this breakdown starts off in the stomach. The stomach secretes an acid that is essential in the digestive process, as this acid helps in breaking down the food during digestion.
Usually, protective mechanisms in the stomach and proximal intestine make sure that the acid levels are in balance. However, when the stomach produces too much acid, it results in a condition known as Acidity, or APD.
Excess stomach acid levels can contribute greatly to:
- Dyspepsia (often described as a feeling of indigestion, fullness, bloating, flatulence or nausea)
- Duodenal ulcer
- Gastric ulcer
- Non-ulcer dyspepsia
- Acid Reflux
Help for Excess Stomach Acid
Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to assist the body in keeping excess stomach acid levels in balance. Mentha Piperita is an herb from the mint family that has been used for many hundreds of years for relief of indigestion, nausea and heartburn. Its calmative properties relax the muscles of the digestive tract and stimulate the flow of natural digestive juices and bile, thereby assisting healthy digestion.
Nat.Sulph. Is a tissue salt and is known as the ''cell cleanser.'' This tissue salt regulates body fluids and helps to promote healthy functioning of the digestive system, thereby preventing nausea as well as the bitter taste in the mouth often associated with acid reflux and regurgitation.
More Information on Excess Stomach Acid
- Try to identify foods that contribute to excess stomach acid. Foods that are spicy, salty and acidic should be avoided.
- Smoking and alcohol consumption should be stopped to keep stomach acid levels in the stomach and esophagus in harmony.
- Avoiding stress and moderating your lifestyle to include relaxing techniques can go a long way to prevent excess stomach acid and ulcers, particularly if you are a nervous and emotional person or involved in a high-stress job.
- Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs may predispose a person to excess stomach acid.
- Try to eat regular meals and follow a healthy diet.
- Take extra care when lifting weights, as this puts the abdominal area under added strain and may result in digestion problems.
- If you have a bout of excess stomach acid, try having an organic glass of fat-free or low-fat milk to help normalize the pH in your stomach.