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Posted by: Lyds | 2005/12/12

Acid build

Horrendous stomach pain from acid build-up.. What foods to eat to nutralize too much acid in other foods?

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Dear Lyds
The symptoms you describe sound like excess acid production by the stomach or acid reflux which can lead to ulcers. I think it would be a good idea to have a medical checkup to see if you do have gastritis or ulcers as these conditions can be treated with antacids like Ulsanic or Maalox and other medications such as Losec, etc. In the meanwhile keep the following in mind. Stomach ulcers are caused by excess acid production in the stomach and if you have food in the stomach this give the acid something it can work on instead of attacking your stomach lining. In fact, the use of 6 smaller meals a day is a good idea when suffering from ulcers because this would mean that you practically always have some food in your stomach to prevent acid erosion. Split up your main meals into 2 smaller meals each. One of the most important factors in excess acid production and ulcers is stress. If you suffer from ulcers, you will have to experiment with the foods you eat that may cause problems (raw onions, garlic, cucumber, green peppers, very spicy foods and condiments, gas-cold drinks, very fatty foods, etc and all alcohol). This is often an individual reaction and you will have to keep a food diary to see what foods cause this problem and then cut them out. To relieve stress I would recommend that you should learn relaxing techniques, how to do deep breathing exercises and some form of physical exercise which is also relaxing, such as yoga. Going for brisk walks in the fresh air also helps to relieve tension.
Best regards
DietDoc

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