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Hyperacidity - a Common and Ignored Evil

Published on May 29, 2020 and last reviewed on Apr 02, 2022   -  5 min read

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This article is written to educate people about the seriousness of hyperacidity. Preventing and treating this condition early may help avoid its complications.

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Hyperacidity - a Common and Ignored Evil

Introduction:

We will 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 of major illnesss. Let us first understand the term.

What Is Hyperacidity?

The medical term used for acidity is hyperchlorhydria or hyperacidity, which causes increased secretion of HCl (hydrochloric acid), a part of the digestive process. When our body requires energy, or when it is time for our lunch or dinner, the stomach cells start secreting this acid, making us feel hungry. In hyperacidity, we have increased secretion of the HCl, which not only irritates the stomach’s inner layer (mucous membrane) but also gets regurgitated in our food pipe (esophagus). This regurgitation is called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). We call this heartburn, as it irritates the region of the heart.

What Causes Hyperacidity?

The exact cause of hyperacidity is not known, but it is linked with some factors, such as:

  1. Stress.

  2. Tension.

  3. Irregular eating habits.

  4. The wrong type of diet.

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  6. Sedentary lifestyle.

  7. Smoking.

  8. Alcohol.

  9. Highly spiced food.

  10. Infection with H. Pylori.

Even a hereditary predisposition is also there.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Hyperacidity?

Regurgitation of the acid in the reverse direction leads to:

All these details are very readily available on the end number of websites. But this is kind of an introduction. Through this article, I wanted to share the dangerous side effects and how to save yourself from them. Unfortunately, most of the patients suffering from this complaint miss 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.

What Are the Complications of Hyperacidity?

The following are some conditions of acidity:

1) I have witnessed and treated so many patients with the same illness that sometimes I cannot refrain from judging patients on their behavior. I have seen both extremes: patients who just have heartburn and mistake it as a heart attack and keep on visiting the clinics and hospital to get a check-up, and on the other end, those patients who actually needed emergency cardiac support 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. And many do not visit the hospital due to a fear that they will be diagnosed with something serious. I still cannot understand the logic behind such thoughts. It is like closing our 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 whenever he or 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 causes considerable loss of productive hours, one must seek medical advice and refrain from experimenting with home remedies and over-the-counter medications.

2) Patients who suffer from GERD are at higher risk of developing cancer in the upper gastrointestinal tract. It is ranked as one of the highest reasons for mortality at an 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 (long-term) hyperacidity can irritate the digestive tract, including the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. This can result in ulcers, which are a cause of severe pain on a daily basis. It is termed gastric and peptic ulcer or acid-peptic disease. However, this is not the end. If the ulcers are not taken care of, they can result in perforation also.

How Is Hyperacidity Treated?

Usually, the patients suffering from hyperacidity have to take medicines for a longer time. Say three to four months, after which they can stop, only to have it resumed after a short time. So I do not think anyone will agree to remain dependent on medicines to enjoy their food and life. It is in no sense an enjoyment.

Preventive Tips:

Most patients fail to appreciate the severity of the matter. So 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 very beneficial if matched correctly. Do not self-medicate, no matter how trivial the complaints are.

Conclusion:

Proper homeopathy treatment can treat the causes of hyperacidity and improve the acidity symptoms very effectively and rapidly than any other therapy. Moreover, it leads to an actual cure rather than a temporary suppression of symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions


1.

How Is Hyperacidity Presented?

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.

2.

Can Milk Be Taken for Acidity?

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.

3.

Can We Take Hot Water for Hyperacidity?

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.

4.

What Are the Foods That Cause Hyperacidity?

- Black pepper.
- Garlic.
- Alcohol and, in particular, red wine.
- Raw onions.
- Spicy foods.
- Citrus fruits.
- Chocolate.
- Coffee, tea, beverages, and carbonated drinks.
- Tomatoes,
- Peppermint.

5.

How Can We Diagnose Hyperacidity?

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.

6.

How Can Hyperacidity Be Cured?

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.

7.

What Is the Primary Cause for Hyperacidity?

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.

8.

Which Medicine Best Treats Hyperacidity?

Proton-pump inhibitors like Esomeprazole, Omeprazole, and Lansoprazole and acid reducers like Cimetidine, Famotidine, and Nizatidine are the drugs that help treat hyperacidity.

9.

Can We Consume Lemon Water With 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.

10.

How Can We Rapidly Treat Hyperacidity At Home?

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.

11.

Which Is the Most Reliable Drink for Hyperacidity?

Coconut water, cold milk, herbal tea, water, fresh fruit juices, and smoothies help provide relief from hyperacidity.

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