Gastric hyperacidity

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1. Overview

The term ‘gastric hyperacidity’ is used in some medical contexts to describe an imbalance present in the stomach. Beyond the obvious pathological effects such as ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux, the professional studies have described more systemic effects.

For example, inadequate digestion (caused by hyperacidity) affects the gastrointestinal tract. If food remains undigested in the lower part of the stomach due to hyperacidity, upper section of the small intestine (duodenum) may be irritated.

The exception is the situation when hyperacidity is quickly neutralized. Constipation is a common consequence of poor digestion and undigested foods.


1. Overview
2. Causes
3. Treatment options

2. Causes

Hyperacidity can be triggered by a variety of factors, including:

- Diet containing acidic foods – experts recommend a diet of 80% alkaline ratio for most of people, a diet that includes a larger amount of fruits and vegetables (which are alkaline) and a small amount of acidic foods such as meat, sweets, starch etc.

- Improper food combining – even slightly alkaline or acidic foods can cause gastric hyperacidity when combined inappropriately. The most obvious example is the combination of citrus and grain. Chemicals necessary for digestion of citrus and grain are incompatible, stimulating the production of gastric acids.

- Negative emotions – when an angry or upset person eats may experience gastric hyperacidity.

- Nerve reflexes- the nerve reflexes corresponding to the cervical and thoracic spine affects gastric secretions. Some experts associate gastric acidity with such somatic dysfunction.

3. Treatment options

- Diet – To avoid gastric hyperacidity it is recommend to follow a balanced diet rich in alkaline foods (fruits and vegetables) and plenty of plain water (6-8 glasses a day).

- Food supplements – Experts recommend a variety of dietary supplements to relieve symptoms of gastric hyperacidity. The most commonly used are: lactate of pepsin, bismuth milk, magnesium milk, saffron tea, olive oil in small doses, elm bark, etc.

- Manual therapy – Spine manipulation to remove pressure on the nerve centers that regulate gastric secretions is recommended by many experts. Centers from the cervical and thoracic (dorsal) area are the most important in this situation.

- Hydrotherapy – Constipation and systemic toxicity are often the result of gastric hyperacidity. Improper digestion and assimilation of food can clog and poison the intestine. Colonic irrigation or enemas were recommended as solutions to such problems.



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