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Remedies for Hyperacidity
I have hyperacidity for more than 10 years. Every now and then, my stomach produces more acid than it can handle. When hyperacidity strikes, I find it hard to function. So I find ways to prevent it, as much as I can.
There are many causes for this condition. Hyperacidity may be due to a highly acidic diet, certain drugs and medication, other ailment or stress. In my case, my hyperacidity is triggered by stress. Whether physical, emotional or mental, stress is usually the cause of my hyper-acidic tummy.
Symptoms of hyperacidity:
- Abdominal pains
- Lack of appetite which may cause sudden weight loss
Meds for hyperacidity
When hyperacidity attacks the immediate remedies may be antacids, proton pump inhibitors (PPI) or H2 blockers. Antacids neutralize the acids in the stomach. You may know them as Milk or Magnesia, Tums or Kremil. Antacid often works with light cases of hyperacidity or perhaps, a condition of dyspepsia or indigestion.
For a more advanced case of hyperacidity, PPIs are prescribed by doctors. They stop or inhibit the production of acids in the stomach. It gives time for the GI tract to heal, if inflamed; or prevent any inflammation that excessive acids may cause. Omeprazole and lansoprazole are samples of PPIs.
Preventive measures against hyperacidity
Hyperacidity may be managed and prevented with a healthy lifestyle. Through the years, I have contained my delight for acidic foods. I still eat sweet and spicy dishes but always in moderation.
If you are acidic too, these are the foods you should try to avoid or at least limit your intake of:
- Too spicy foods
- Too salty foods
- Oily foods (e.g. french fries, burgers, pizza, pan-fried dish, buttered dish)
Relaxation is another way to prevent the attack of hyperacidity. When my body gets too tired, I am likely to experience hyperacidity due to stress. To avoid this condition, I make sure that I eat enough foods to fuel my body so it won’t mind my stress.
I try to avoid stressful situations, too. Instead of being frantic, tensed or mad, I calm myself first and see the brighter side of things. Smiling more often also prevents stress. For an acidic person whose trigger is stress-related activities or events, this practice really works.
It’s good for the body, too as it takes more muscles to smile than to frown. Being happy all the time even slows down our aging process.
I have hyperacidity for more than 10 years. This however doesn’t stop me from living a happy life. I am active in sports. I feed my body with good nutrition. And I find time to see the beauty in everything.
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