Upset tummy?

Instead of pumping pills into your system, why not try a more natural approach?

Did you know that instead of taking a quick-fix pill or concoction over-the-counter for stomach acid, eating properly could help fix your problem?

Try eating smaller meals more often instead of the traditional three big meals a day. Eating in smaller amounts means your stomach doesn’t have to work so hard to digest the food and would require less stomach acid to aid the process. Foods that are high in complex carbohydrates such as pasta, rice and breads should be included as these foods tie up excess stomach acids and are easier for the stomach to digest. But whatever you do, try not to overeat. Too much of any food will stimulate the stomach to secret more acids for digestion, which in turn will cause indigestion.

Drinks can be just as much a problem as food. Beverages such as coffee, tea, beer, wine and soft drink all stimulate acid secretion, beer is the worst and can double your stomach acid within an hour.

An old wives tale is drinking milk will ease the stomach pain before sleep but this often cause reflux during sleep. The real problem stems from eating too much at dinner-time causing excess stomach acid production. Drinking milk could be a quick fix to the problem but milk has a rebound action and would eventually encourage secretion of more stomach acid, which causes the reflux. To solve the problem, try eating a small meal at dinner and have a small snack such as crackers before sleep.

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