Hyperacidity can cause big problems if you don’t know how to identify the exact symptoms. It is crucial that you determine the early symptoms so you would know how to prevent hyperacidity. When the stomach acids inside the gastrointestinal tract are at high levels, you are most likely to experience hyperacidity. This condition may result to ulcers, soreness, and swelling inside the stomach. Both the upper and lower portions of the gastrointestinal tract are affected by hyperacidity. The pharynx and esophagus are in the upper portion while the intestines and anus are in the lower portion of the gastrointestinal tract. There are certain foods that can agitate hyperacidity thus producing more acids in the stomach, and in the end leading to ulcers.
Hyperacidity is sometimes stress-related but eating the wrong foods can most likely cause hyperacidity. There are medical conditions that also cause hyperacidity. These include GERD-Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease, various ulcers such as peptic ulcers, gastric and duodenal ulcers, and even gallstones.
It is very important that you bring hyperacidity under control early on to treat it effectively and prevent more serious medical problems. But of course, it is way much better if you don’t experience hyperacidity at all. Following these simple tips on how to prevent hyperacidity would do wonders.
Don’t Put Too Much Spice on It
Indulgence in hot and spicy foods can lead to high acid secretion in the stomach, thus leading to hyperacidity. Yes spicy foods are mouth-watering to many people but boundaries should always be set. Plainly speaking, eat spicy foods moderately. Eating too much hot and spicy foods, which could be considered as “acid reflux triggers”, will not just cause hyperacidity but also heartburn (which will be tackled on a separate article).
Have Smaller Meals
Instead of hulking down huge meals, it is advisable to have frequent smaller meals. Distribute your eating time throughout the day. Taking 4-6 small meals (some may be called snacks) is highly recommended. Avoid being too hungry and then grabbing a huge meal after. Also avoid skipping meals.
Elevated Head Position While Sleeping
When your head is raised a bit while sleeping, it keeps the gastric juices in your stomach, preventing it from reaching your esophagus. Use a thick and comfortable pillow for your head. Add an extra pillow if needed. You may also want to opt for a memory pillow for extra comfort. You get to hit two birds with one stone with this sleeping position because it is also an effective way to stop snoring.
Lessen Soda and Coffee Intake
Who doesn’t love sodas (carbonated drinks) and coffee? These drinks are very popular to people of all ages. But these drinks can harm you if you take in too much of them. Carbonated drinks cause increased stomach acidity due to raised pressure levels in the stomach while coffee contains caffeine, which increases the secretion levels of gastric acid in the stomach. If you rely on coffee to boost your performance at work, you might want to consider these best ways to stay alert and awake. Enjoying these drinks from time to time won’t hurt. Just don’t overdrink!
Live a Stress-free and Healthy Lifestyle
High stress levels can ba a contributing factor to hyperacidity. Be sure to simply enjoy life and avoid stress inducing situations as much as possible. Also, always remember to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That includes eating fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water and maintaining regular excercise and proper sleeping habits.
Other Foods/Drinks to Avoid
You may want to avoid or lessen the the intake of the following foods/drinks – chips, fries, doughnuts, onions, qine, chocolates, sausages, garlic, brownies and cheese.