An ulcer or digestive problems keeping you from comfortably running down “Your Path to a Better You!”? Like most people we just treat the symptoms and not the cause by chugging some Antacid like Pepto or Mylantaid and problem solved Right? Think again…
Antacid Helps but What’s the Cause?
Antacids help to treat heartburn (indigestion). They work by neutralizing the stomach acid that causes heartburn and they work fast! So fast in fact that the second it hits your saliva they begin to go to work. But what exactly is an antacid?
Antacids are the most commonly used product for treating heartburn. And because they start to work in seconds, they’re also the fastest way to relieve your “symptoms”. Available without a prescription, antacids come in convenient chewable tablets or as a liquid. Most are relatively inexpensive, making antacids a popular product for fast relief of your “Symptoms.”
Most antacids contain at least one of these key ingredients: calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, aluminum hydroxide and/or sodium bicarbonate. While all these ingredients work to neutralize your stomach’s acid, it’s important to know more about them so you can choose the one that’s right for you.
Calcium carbonate is a strong and fast-acting antacid, and it’s been used since the first century. Because it’s so effective, products like TUMS® still use it today.
Aluminum salts dissolve slowly in the stomach, gradually relieving your heartburn symptoms; but they may cause constipation. Magnesium salts act quickly to neutralize acid, but are known to cause diarrhea.
Sodium bicarbonate is frequently found in products like Alka-Seltzer®, baking soda, or as store brand sodium bicarbonate. It can work quickly to relieve heartburn symptoms, but it’s also quickly eliminated from your stomach—so relief may not last as long.
Though antacids are great at quickly relieving your heartburn symptoms, they usually don’t treat underlying conditions that could be causing them. So if you suffer from heartburn for more than two weeks, it’s important to talk to your doctor and seek the “cause” right away. Ulcers in the stomach from prolonged elevated acidic levels can cause severe pain and even death.
Do I Have an Ulcer?
The most common symptom is a burning sensation or pain in the middle of your abdomen between your chest and belly button. Typically, the pain will be more intense when your stomach is empty, and it can last for a few minutes to several hours.
A stomach ulcer, which are also known as a gastric ulcer, are painful sores in the stomach lining. A stomach ulcer is a type of peptic ulcer disease. Peptic ulcers are any ulcers that affect both the stomach and small intestines.
Stomach ulcer can occur when the thick layer of mucus that protects your stomach from stomach acids is reduced. This allows these acids to eat away at the tissues that line the stomach, causing an ulcer they may be easily cured, but they can become severe without proper treatment.
The burning sensation, or “flame” that you feel in your stomach, chest, or traveling up your throat is heartburn and it can be caused by a number of different things. Often times it is experienced after eating spicy foods, drinking coffee, or eating fried foods. It is aggravated by stress and constipation and often the root of the problem is food sensitivities and also from not producing enough acid, a condition called “hypochlorhydria”.
The three most important digestive enzymes are lipase, which helps digest fat, amylase, which targets carbohydrates, and protease, for protein. These and other enzymes help make digestion more efficient. And that means you are more likely to absorb the healthy substances in your food and supplements.
Eating foods that provide natural digestive enzymes like yogurt, ginger root, peppermint leaves, wheatgrass, aloe vera juice, papaya, pineapples, and apple cider vinegar can help reduce or even eliminate acid reflux disorders. If your suffering on a regular basis, then the answer is obvious. Change your diet to accommodate your health concerns. Find out what exactly is the cause and you will be well on your way to getting further down “Your Path to a Better You!”