How to Reduce Stomach Acid
Excess stomach acid affects between 10 and 20 million adults in the United States. While stomach acid helps break down and absorb foods during the digestive process, too much can cause anywhere from mild irritation to extremely painful symptoms.
The most common problem associated with excess stomach acid is heartburn. This occurs when acid finds its way into the esophagus and causes a burning sensation in the chest area. More severe problems, such as serious tissue damage, can happen after repeated cases in a short period of time. Here’s what you need to know…
What Increases Stomach Acid?
Often stomach acid buildup is genetic, but other factors may also result in excess production. Citrus foods/drinks and spicy dishes may increase stomach acid. Alcohol and tobacco may also be problematic, as may certain medications like ibuprofen, aspirin and certain blood pressure drugs.
A hiatal hernia may also cause acid issues. With this medical condition, acid moves into the stomach because part of your stomach pushes upward through your diaphragm, whose job it is to keep the acid out.
Stomach Acid Symptoms
Symptoms of stomach acid buildup include bloating, too much gas, heartburn, problems with digestion, and stomach ulcers. High stomach acidity can also cause terrible breath, nasal passage blockage, and hair loss. In cases where an eating disorder is present, nausea often accompanies excess stomach acid.
How to Reduce Stomach Acid
Most of the time, if you control what you eat, you may be able to regulate the acid levels in your stomach.
Also, drinking water may help with stomach acid relief. High stomach acid levels are usually due to dehydration because water dilutes the acid.
If you experience mild heartburn, milk may help absorb extra stomach acid and cut down on your pain. Skim milk is preferred, as fat can make the issue worse.
Over-the-counter heartburn medications may help mitigate symptoms, too. Take your body into consideration when purchasing these medications because some people are sensitive to the calcium and aluminum found in them.
You should consult a physician before making any changes to your diet or taking any medications. If you experience heartburn on a regular basis or your condition is getting worse, you should consult with your doctor.
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