This article is written to educate people about the seriousness of hyperactivity. Preventing and treating this condition early may help prevent most of its complications.
We are going to discuss one of the most common and frequent complaints that we are contacted for or consulted for - “ACIDITY.” Many patients get confused with the two words; common and normal. They are not the same. Though being common, it is in no way normal and should never be taken lightly, as it is in most cases a root cause for major illnesses. Let us first understand the term.
The medical term used for acidity is hyperchlorhydria or hyperacidity. Meaning, it causes increased secretion of HCL (hydrochloric acid), which is a part of the digestive process. When our body requires energy, or when it is a time of our lunch or dinner, the stomach cells start the secretion of this acid, which makes us feel hungry. In hyperacidity, we have increased secretion of the HCL, which not only causes irritation of the stomach’s inner layer (mucous membrane), but it gets regurgitated in our food pipe (esophagus) also. This regurgitation is called GERD or GORD. We call this heartburn, as it causes irritation in the region of the heart.
The exact cause of hyperacidity is not known, but it is linked with some factors, such as:
Irregular eating habits.
The wrong type of diet.
Highly spiced food.
Even a hereditary predisposition is also there.
Regurgitation of the acid in the reverse direction leading to:
Burning in the chest in the stomach region, and sometimes the entire abdomen.
Sour taste in the mouth.
Uneasiness, especially during lying down at night.
All these details are very readily available on the end number of websites. But this is kind of an introduction. What I wanted to share through this article is about the dangerous side effects and how to save yourself from it. What most of the patient’s suffering from this complaint miss is the seriousness of the timely treatment of the illness. Why I want to stress more on it will get clear once you complete reading the whole article.
The following are some conditions of acidity:
1) I have witnessed and treated so many patients with the same illness that sometimes I just cannot retrain myself from judging patients on their behavior. I have seen both the extremes, that are patients who just have heartburn and they mistake it as a heart attack and keep on visiting the clinics and hospital to get a check-up. While on the other end those patients who actually needed emergency cardiac support, but considered it just heartburn, and tried to treat themselves with over-the-counter prescriptions of antacids. Many unfortunate families have lost their dear and near ones in the same way. And it is not that it is because of a lack of knowledge or money. But many patients just forcefully want to believe that they cannot have a cardiac event. Many of them do not visit the hospital in the fear that what if something serious comes up. And I still cannot understand the logic behind such a thought process. It is like closing eyes and believing nobody can see us. And it is more common with well-educated persons. In no way am I trying to state that, one must visit the clinic every time he/she feels similar symptoms. But one must learn to appreciate the severity.
In cases where there is no previous history of such symptoms, or when it last longer than usual, or when there are other associated complaints like the feeling of uneasiness, difficulty in breathing, chest palpitation, pain radiating to the other parts like to hands or lower jaws, etc., they can be indications of a heart attack. Also, when it is too frequent or causing considerable loss of productive hours, one must seek medical advice and refrain from experimenting with home remedies and over-the-counter medications.
2) Those patients who suffer from the GORD (Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease) are at higher risk of developing cancer in the upper gastrointestinal tract. It is ranked as one of the highest reasons for mortality in early age. Cancer is believed to be produced by a chronic injury to a part by any irritants like the reflux of the acids in the esophagus. Early treatment can save you from it.
3) Chronic (longterm) hyperacidity causes irritation of the digestive tract including the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. This can result in ulcers, which is a cause of severe pain on a daily basis. It is termed as gastric and peptic ulcer or acid-peptic disease. This is not the end. If the ulcers are not taken care of, it can result in perforation also.
Usually, the patients suffering from hyperacidity have to take medicines for a longer time. Say 3 to 4 months, after which, they can stop, only to have it resumed after a short time. So I do not think that anyone will agree to remain dependent on medicines to enjoy your food and life. It is in no sense an enjoyment.
Most patients fail to appreciate the severity of the matter. Let me give you some easy ways to escape from this evil:
Other than these tips, antacids or PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) used in allopathy have many side effects. Instead of that, some homeopathic medicines like Nux Vomica, Robinia, Iris Versicolor, Natrum Phos, Carbo Veg, and Lycopodium are some of the very specific medicines if matched correctly. In no way am I encouraging patients to self-medicate, no matter how trivial the complaints are.
To those who require more information, feel free to consult online. I provide homeopathic treatment for all kinds of disorders.
Hyperacidity is a prevalent condition characterized by abdominal discomfort after eating food due to the excessive acid production inside the stomach. Nausea, vomiting, burning sensation in the breastbone area, blenching, gassiness, food aversion, and abdominal distention are the symptoms of hyperacidity.
Milk helps fight against acidity, and in specific, a glass of cold milk without any additives like sugar absorbs the acid formed in the stomach. It thereby alleviates the symptoms of hyperacidity like reflux or burning sensation.
A cup of warm water helps clear out the toxins present in the body, break down the foods, and energize the digestive system. Therefore, a cup of warm water helps provide relief from hyperacidity.
- Black pepper.
- Alcohol and, in particular, red wine.
- Raw onions.
- Spicy foods.
- Citrus fruits.
- Coffee, tea, beverages, and carbonated drinks.
Upper abdominal pain, burning sensation in the stomach, chest, and throat, belching, nausea, vomiting, sour taste in the mouth, and abdominal bloating are the signs that help in diagnosing hyperacidity. In addition to this, the esophageal pH test helps analyze the acid level in the stomach over 24 hours.
Hyperacidity can be cured by following the below.
- Eat frequent small meals.
- Avoid foods that induce acid production and carbonated beverages.
- Do not have a nap after lunch.
- Avoid late-night snacking.
- Keep the head in a slightly raised position while sleeping.
- Lose weight.
- Avoid smoking.
Poor and sedentary lifestyle, lying down soon after lunch, eating late at night, smoking, and eating heavy meals are the most common causes of hyperacidity.
Proton-pump inhibitors like Esomeprazole, Omeprazole, and Lansoprazole and acid reducers like Cimetidine, Famotidine, and Nizatidine are the drugs that help treat hyperacidity.
Despite being acidic, a small amount of lemon mixed with water has an alkalizing effect and helps in neutralizing the effect of acid in the stomach.
Chewing two to three tulsi leaves, drinking ginger tea, having a glass of cold milk, cumin seeds, and a cup of mint tea help relieve hyperacidity at home.
Coconut water, cold milk, herbal tea, water, fresh fruit juices, and smoothies help provide relief from hyperacidity.
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02 Jun 2020 - 5 min read
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