A Look At Antacids

When you eat, you are comforted. Your hunger is satisfied. The body's need for a supply of vitamins and nutrients is met. Hormones such as endorphins can be released, thereby making you happy. In short, eating should yield positive outcomes.

But then, this is not always true. Many people suffer from stomach discomfort, heartburn, GERD or nausea after consuming a meal. Some foods especially the spicy and sour ones and unhealthy food practices cause the development or trigger an episode of these health conditions.

Taking antacid is often the recommended relief for such health problems. It comes in various chemical components and neutralizes the acidity in your stomach differently.

1. Calcium carbonate. It neutralizes the chemicals that have reacted in the stomach and prevents the gases from going back up.

2. Aluminum. It absorbs the acid in your stomach and purify the gastric juices that caused the pain.

3. Magnesium. It provides steady relief by neutralizing the acid and releasing it.

4. Sodium Bicarbonate. It reacts with the acid and regulates the pH level in the stomach by increasing in size and gas.

While each may have their therapeutic action, it is not ideal to take antacid for prolonged periods of time as they have unwanted side effects.

1. Calcium carbonate can cause formation of calcium stones in the kidney and renal failure.

2. Aluminum can keep you feeling hungry.

3. Continuous supply of magnesium in the body can increase the blood pressure.

4. Although rare, sodium bicarbonate can cause serious side effects such as mental changes, muscle spasms, vomiting and weakness.

Relieving the hyper acidity or heartburn right away with an antacid is important for your health and comfort. But what you should focus on too is to take measures to prevent these health problems from happening again so taking antacids is not prolonged.

@ 07:02 AM on March 17