Acid indigestion


Acid indigestion

Acid indigestion is a type of indigestion involving an excess of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Frequent occurrence of acid indigestion can lead to aggravation of the duodenum or to an aggravation of the lining of the stomach, both of which can lead to ulcers which can be life-threatening. However, it is important to note that some 85...95%Fact|date=March 2008 of all stomach ulcers are caused by infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, and not by excess acidity.

Acid indigestion should be distinguished from heartburn, which typically involves aggravation of the esophagus.

Causes

Common contributors to acid indigestion are:
* Eating foods with too much fat
* Eating foods with too much spice
* Excess consumption of
** Alcohol
** Caffeine
* Eating too late in the evening, or just before sleeping.

Prevention and treatments

* The safest and first advised remedy is to eat frequent, small meals [ [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,876100-2,00.html Acid Indigestion: Myth & Mysteries - TIME ] ] ; and refrain from leaving stomach empty for long time spans. The frequency of meals is more important than their composition.
* Over the counter remedies (antacids) are available at almost all grocery stores, pharmacies and drugstores. However, a kind of dependence can develop on these medications, and other complications can arise from excess use of antacids.

External links

* [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,876100,00.html Acid Indigestion: Myth &Mysteries, on Time magazine]

References


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