Natural Remedies To Heal Low Stomach Acid

While most people understand hyperacidity, few know much about low stomach acid and how to deal with it. It is a condition that may be more common than what we might think. While its medical treatment in long term and cumbersome, there are some natural remedies that could help, provide you know about them.
Natural Remedies to Heal Low Stomach Acid
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While most people understand hyperacidity, few know much about low stomach acid and how to deal with it. It is a condition that may be more common than what we might think. While its medical treatment in long term and cumbersome, there are some natural remedies that could help, provide you know about them.

 

LOW STOMACH ACID or HYPOCHLOROHYDRIA refers to a condition where the secretion of hydrochloric acid inside the stomach - which is necessary for digestion of food - is reduced to below normal limits. It is a condition that is not dangerous to life but can make life

very difficult.

Symptoms & Diagnosis of Low Stomach Acid

Diagnosis of low stomach acid is often not very easy. Most of its symptoms like indigestion, bloating, belching, flatulence and diarrhea can also occur due to several other medical conditions. In fact, these conditions, which are the hallmarks of low stomach acid, can sometimes be the only apparent symptoms in a much more ominous disease, where delaying investigation or medical advice can sometimes make it too late.

Low stomach acid is medically not a very acute condition, so it rarely leads you to emergency ward. It is a chronic condition and its persistence can severely interfere with a normal life routine, and upset its rhythm. This is where the natural and home remedies can be really useful.

Natural & Home Remedies to Treat Low Stomach Acid

(i) MODIFY EATING HABITS : ADD FOOD THAT STIMULATES ACID SECRETION - First is the eating habits. To avoid frequent stomach discomforts, and indigestion, it is important to review the eating habits. It is preferable to avoid heavy meals, and instead shift to smaller snacks. It is also preferable to avoid excess of semi fluid in the diet, as it may induce various discomforts and indigestion. Lastly, it may be better to have small amounts of tea or wine with your meals, as both of them tend to induce acid secretion in the stomach, and would thereby help.

(ii) MORE VITAMINS - Second, as most cases of low stomach acid are associated with inefficient absorption, it is important to take larger amounts of vitamin rich foods. Taking food rich in vitamin B complex helps in curing many of the stomach discomfort complaints. Eggs, green vegetables, fruits are all useful. Sprouted beans can be a very good source of vitamins as well as protein.

(iii) IDENTIFY ALLERGIES - Sometimes, patients with low stomach acid develop allergies to particular foods, like milk, because of the inability of the acid to digest it before it is absorbed. in such cases, the best option is to identify the foods to which one has become allergic and then avoid them for a year or so, before trying them again.

(iv) ENSURE PROPER NUTRITION - Another challenge for people with this condition is to ensure that adequate nutrition is taken. Unless there is any other medical condition preventing it, it is better to shift to a high calorie diet, with sufficient fats, to ensure that the stomach condition does not aggravate overall health. Eggs may be a good source of protein supplementation.

(v) HERBAL REMEDIES – There are several herbal remedies, or food that we also use otherwise that can provide benefits in low stomach acid. It is important to note that they may or may not be effective in a particular case, and hence where it does not seem to be helping significantly, it may not be pursued further. However, given the fact that they are generally without any major side-effects including them as part of your usual diet can be worth a try.

A. Manuca Honey


– It is a specific variety of honey, with anti-microbial properties that is usually produced in New Zealand. It is claimed to restrict the growth of H. Pylori, a bacteria that grows in small intestines and causes several acid-peptic problems, which this honey effective in conditions involving small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. A teaspoon once or twice a day can help. It also helps in stomach ulcer healing.

B. Apple Cider Vinegar – A few spoons of apple cider vinegar with meals adds acid to the food and helps in bringing down the stomach pH to levels where digestive juices become effective. If you like the taste, all the better. Otherwise you can find recipes and cuisine using it, and make them part of your diet.

C. Lemon juice – Lemon juice is an excellent nutrient, and should be a part of your regular diet in any case. Thus, using it is one of the most natural remedies for low stomach acid. Apart from bringing down the stomach pH, it also has vitamin C, which is an anti-oxidant and boosts the body resistance.

D. Ginger – Ginger is one of the most underrated herbs known to mankind. It is not only very effective is strengthening body resistance to viral and other infections, but also known to improve digestion. Being part of regular diet and regularly used in various cuisine around the world, it is easy to include in your meals.

E. Garlic – Like Ginger, garlic also offers multiple advantages to the body, and is hence a herbal medicine that is also a part of regular diet and meals around the world.

F. Wine – If taken with regular meals in small quantities, wine can help by stimulating acid secretion in the stomach. Its appetizer and tranquilizing effect also help in improving stomach acid secretion and thereby lower stomach pH. Of course, any person who has also suffered from high acid secretion need to be careful in using larger quantities.

All these natural remedies offer options by which one can improve the balance of one’s body needs. Acid-peptic disease, including low stomach acid needs to be managed on a long term basis at times. These options can come handy by facilitating your body in dealing with the challenge.

Word of Caution - Complete Medical Checkup First

It is always better to remember that low stomach acid is not exactly a life threatening disorder, but sometimes a condition mistaken as low acid may turn out to be a much worse condition, hence one should never hesitate in first getting a proper diagnosis, and try all kind of remedies only after the possibility of any other medical condition is ruled out by your physician. Even while trying these medicines, regular medical check-up should be the norm.

Natural remedies are at best a supplement to medical advice and examination, and should never be considered its substitute.



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