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Gastric Overacidity (Sour Stomach or Acid Stomach)

Normally the stomach secretions are always acid, on account of the hydrochloric acid secreted by its glands. But the degree of acidity varies from hour to hour, and is different in every individual.

The amount of acid produced in the stomach also varies with the nature of the meals. A big steak will stimulate the acid secretion, a vegetable meal will not. Rich and spicy food, beer, wine and whiskey, as well as excitement will increase acid secretion.

Excessive acidity, as you see, is mostly a result of overindulgence in the pleasures of the table. If persisted in, the effect of such table luxury on the stomach will be to start a rebellion against its own acerbity, and take the pleasure out of the lavish food and drink you have been piling into this well-regulated and perfectly balanced automatic chemical retort.

The person will suffer from heart burn and regurgitation of very sour liquid rising up the throat, giving a feeling of having swallowed boiled hot acid, there will also be painful contractions felt in the pit of the stomach.

Nothing will relieve this burning and pain except a teaspoonful of baking soda in a glass of water, sipping part of the glassfull but leaving the rest, because excessive alkalizing is just as bad as excessive acidity.

The sooner you go on a normal and for yourself.You may have the following foods for a while:

  • Toast of stale bread

  • Whole grain cereals

  • Chicken

  • Fish

  • Eggs - soft-boiled or poached

  • Milk, butter,cream

  • Lettuce, spinach

  • Jello or gelatine

  • Orange juice, 3 ounces after meals, but not on an empty stomach

  • No chocolate, tea , coffee , alcoholic beverages, fried , spicy or preserved foods, and no roughage.Eat slowly, chew well and never fill yourself up to the bursting- point

Some patients with hyperacidity will feel better if they eat four or five small meals a day rather than three larger meals.The following prescription should be taken:
Gelusil Tablets no.50

Take one an hour after meals, crush it in your mouth and follow with some water

These tablets may be taken for two weeks.After the symptoms are relieved, the diet may be varied to include fresh, lean meats and different fruits and vegetables , but the restriction on excessive food and the other restrictions mentioned must be added to.

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