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Hyperacidity - a Common and Ignored Evil

Written by
Dr. Jayvirsinh Indrasinh Chauhan
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan

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

Abstract

Abstract

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.

Hyperacidity - a Common and Ignored Evil

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.

What Is Hyperacidity?

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.

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.

  5. Sedentary lifestyle.

  6. Smoking.

  7. Alcohol.

  8. Highly spiced food.

  9. 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 leading to:

  • Burning in the chest in the stomach region, and sometimes the entire abdomen.

  • Sour taste in the mouth.

  • Sour eructation.

  • Bad breath.

  • 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.

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 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.

How Is Hyperacidity Treated?

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.

Preventive Tips:

Most patients fail to appreciate the severity of the matter. Let me give you some easy ways to escape from this evil:

  • Regulate Your Time Table - Our body’s physiology has a tendency to adjust its biological clock according to our regular routine. Most of us feel hungry at regular intervals because our bodies have been accustomed to such a manner. When we do not maintain that regularity in our diet, the body’s biological clock goes haywire and starts producing acids excessively. If we do not take food while the stomach is filled with acids, then the acids have a chance to damage the mucous membrane, ultimately leading to ulcer formation.
  • Take Moderately Spicy Food - Excess spices can cause irritation and aggravate the condition, but it may not be the cause.
  • Avoid Lying Down Just After Heavy Meals - As the stomach takes at least 1 to 1 and half hours to empty the contents after the meal, if we lie down during this time, it causes regurgitation of the food in the food pipe and causes irritation. Instead, take a 10 minutes walk and then sit in an erect position. After 1 and a half or two hours of a meal, you can lie down in the right lateral position to facilitate emptying of the stomach contents into the intestines.
  • Avoid Taking Medicines as Soon as You Have Heartburn - Instead of taking medicines immediately, take lots of water to dilute the stomach acids. And do the necessary changes in your routine as suggested above.
  • The Psychological State of the Person - Stress, tension, anxiety, fear, sadness, and all of such negative emotions have a negative impact on our psychological and physical health. And it has been proved now. Most of the books now freely write them as etiological factors. But giving advice to an anxious or a sad person does not solve the problem. If they could avoid or control it, then what were they waiting for. In a case where these are results of some adverse conditions in life, the only solution is to correct them. If they are a part of psychological illness, then it requires proper treatment. For that, I suggest everyone choose the homeopathic system of medicine, as it directly acts on the psychosomatic plane of the disease and corrects them at the very core.
  • Exercise Regularly - It goes without saying that regular practice of Yogasanas, Pranayama, or exercise helps a lot in improving both physical and mental health.
  • Chronic Diseases - Those patients who suffer from diseases like hypertension, diabetes, or other chronic diseases should get their routine check-ups and never underestimate the appearance of a new symptom normal or common.

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.

 

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Last reviewed at:
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