Best Ways to Reduce High Stomach Acid

By Byran Tachell | Sat, Jan 5, 2013

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How often do you eat in a day?Suffering from a high stomach acid can be annoying. People often mistakenly presume that their stomachs are producing too much stomach acid. In actual fact, these victims are actually regularly producing stomach acid at the wrong times. An average person eats about 50 plus tons of food in the lifetime, which requires about 300 litres of digestive juices to break it down. Do see now see why more and more people are suffering from digestive disorders?

People with high stomach acid may experience one of more of the following symptoms or conditions:

  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • General discomfort
  • Acid reflux
  • Indigestion

 

Treat High Stomach Acid by Controlling Diet

Most people are unaware that they can reduce high stomach acid by avoiding the intake of certain foods. As a matter of fact, avoiding these foods can sometimes work wonders and can be even more effective than taking medications. You should seriously consider making changes to your diet as below:

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  • Replace full-fat cow’s milk with soya or goat’s milk
  • Eat more low-fat yoghurts
  • Take fresh root ginger as it can calm down the stomach
  • Lightly cooked cabbage or its juice can help to calm the stomach as well
  • Eat more whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, corn, kamut, etc.
  • Eat wholemeal bread to replace the normal type of bread that you take
  • Include plenty of lightly cooked vegetables and fruits in your diet
  • For meat-eaters, choose low fats meats such as turkey, venison, chicken and duck with the skin.
  • Include plenty of fresh fish in your diet
  • Try caffeine-free herbal tea such as liquorice and fennel. These can help to reduce the high stomach acid
  • Taking fresh mint tea, meadowsweet or camomile can help to sooth the stomach and relieve stress

 

Avoid

  • How many cups of coffee do you drink daily?Concentrated fruit juices, especially lemon, grapefruit and orange. Raw tomato juice can worsen the condition as well. Try non-concentrates and dilute with water if possible
  • Reduce the intake of colas, coffee, alcohol, sugar and black tea
  • Try to avoid eating fried and fatty foods
  • Rich and creamy foods such as full-fat cheese should be avoided
  • Avoid taking wheat-based foods especially if you are currently suffering from high stomach acid. Some examples are pies, cakes, white bread and croissants
  • Avoid oily and spicy foods

 

Other Ways to Treat the Condition

Although controlling your diet can be a good way to manage high stomach acid, there are other remedies that may work just as well too. If you are the type of person who prefers to take medications to treat any ailments, then taking mineral salt sodium phosphate can help to balance the excess acid. Take at least 100mg 3 times daily.

You can also look for a supplement known as Slippery Elm Plus. This product contains slippery elm, gamma oryzanol and marsh mallow which can help to sooth the inner stomach linings.

Taking de-glycyrrhized liquorice can help to heal and protect the linings of the stomach and oesophagus. Take 1 to 2 tablets 20 minutes before a main meal. These are usually used as alternatives to antacids which are only taken after meals.

 

Remember to always be patient when treating the condition. Sometimes, it can take quite a while before you can see noticeable improvements for your high stomach acid condition.

Bryan is a part time contributor of the IHealthNet network and works full time as a dentist's assistant. He spends most of his time researching medical topics and loves writing.
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