Take a sip of milk that helps with stomach acid’, recognizable tip? Or do you always hear the dry oat flakes passing by? Heartburn is one of the ailments you can find most do-it-yourself tips for. That makes sense, because it is a very nasty and common ailment. But which tips really help? And can you better work with raw potatoes or leave the medication?
Why You Can Better Avoid Gastric Acid Inhibitors
Gastric acid inhibitors are the most prescribe drug that we are prescribe through the GP. There are about 1.5 million people who suffer from heartburn every day. This number also increases every year. This is largely cause by obesity: who is too fat, who eats a lot of fat and has a stressful eating style, will more often suffer from heartburn.
What happens to such a nasty, acidic reflation? In the case of heartburn, the muscle between the stomach and the esophagus does not close properly. The stomach acid therefore runs back into the esophagus and even into the throat. That gives a nice, dirty and nauseating feeling. If gastrointestinal irritation often occurs in the esophagus, gullet inflammation can develop, which permanently changes the tissue of the esophagus. This gives an increased risk of esophageal cancer. Therefore never ignore heartburn!
Natural alternatives to heartburn
Fortunately, there are very tire and test home remedies for heartburn. These are the best tips:
- For decades the best home-garden-and-kitchen tip against heartburn is raw potato juice: it dispels that sour feeling almost immediately. Rub a raw potato with a grater. You can drink the mixture on an empty stomach, in the afternoon before eating and in the evening before going to bed. Drink it immediately after preparation and do not store it. Do not use it for more than six weeks in a row.
- A second, essential tip if you suffer a lot from this ailment is eating less per meal: if the stomach is too full, the chance of heartburn increases. Spread various small meals throughout the day. Eat slowly, chew thoroughly and mix the food well with saliva. Also chew on a few dry oat flakes, which also provides quick relief for heartburn.
Heartburn and milk: do not!
Milk helps against stomach acid? It was not. It gives some relief, but then it stimulates the production of stomach acid! So the pain decreases for a while, but only then becomes more severe. But buttermilk does help because the acidity (PH) is more favorable.
Rupture in the diaphragm
Heartburn also occurs in people who have a small fracture in the diaphragm. The upper part of the stomach usually lies neatly in the abdominal cavity. A small spot in the diaphragm may cause a piece to lie in the chest cavity. If you bend over, it can cause acid fire. Also increased pressure in the abdominal cavity, in case of overweight or pregnancy, can lead to heartburn. Do you have a lot of heartburn, then let’s find out if the doctor does a research on the helicopter pylori bacteria; it can be treated with antibiotics.
Gastric acid inhibitor as extra medicine
In total, sixteen percent of all people registered with a GP practice prescribed a gastric acid inhibitor. This does not mean that all those people also have heartburn: gastric acid inhibitors are also used to prevent stomach problems if you take other medicines, such as anti-inflammatory painkillers (NSAIDs).
Try to avoid gastric acid inhibitors
Gastric acid inhibitors (which you get on doctor’s prescription) and gastric acid binders (for sale at the pharmacy and chemist) are the most widely distributed medicines in our country. But not everyone is a fan of these resources! Even the Dutch General Practitioners’ Association (NHG) is concerned about the fact that more and more people are using these drugs. This is mainly because the heavy gastric acid inhibitors can have serious side effects if you use them for a long time.
Proton pump inhibitors with side effects
What are the heavy gastric acid inhibitors? There are various means in ‘stomach acid’; the gastric acid binder that binds and neutralizes the stomach acid in the stomach; this reduces the burning feeling. The gastric acid inhibitors inhibit the acid content in the stomach. The active substance enters both the stomach and the bloodstream. There are two variants: H2 blockers (also called H2 antagonists) and proton pump inhibitors.
Especially the proton pump inhibitors can have serious side effects, especially if they are used for a long time. Think for example of bone loss, diarrhea and constipation and changes in the composition of the intestinal flora. The Nederland’s Heartstrings Chaperonage (NHG) therefore warns not to continue to use gastric acid inhibitors for too long – unless it really can not be otherwise. If you want to reduce it, it is important not to stop at once, but to gradually reduce it.