Acid Indigestion Causes

Foods That Cause Acid Indigestion |

Acid reflux is worse at night for four reasons.

First, the concentration of acid in the stomach is higher at night.  After three hours your stomach is empty, unless you suffer from diabetes.  Diabetes sometimes take up to six hours to empty their stomachs.

Second, while lying in bed (horizontal), it is easier for acid to reflux and to remain in the esophagus.  Gravity does not take the acid back down into the stomach.  Sleeping with the head of you set of bedding elevated has been clinically proven to reduce the impact of night time acid indigestion.

Third, while we are sleeping, we don't swallow. Swallowing is important because it carries the acid that has refluxed into the esophagus back into the stomach. When we swallow we also carry saliva through the esophagus and into the stomach. Saliva contains bicarbonate, which neutralizes and counters the acid in the esophagus.  What saliva we do produce normally winds up on our pillows!

And finally, when you are sleeping there is a decreased perception of heartburn due to the natural desensitizing process of sleep.  This will lead to increased and prolonged exposure of the esophagus to acid reflux, often without patient arousal.

The MediWedge was designed by a professional in the bedding industry, who suffers from the impact of acid indigestion on his life.  This patented product is a foam wedge that is placed between a mattress and a box spring in order to raise the head of a set of bedding in order to allow gravity to help keep acid in the stomach

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About the Author

Ed Stohr is a silent acid indigestion sufferer and a professional that has worked 20 years in the bedding industry. The MediWedge was designed to work with a set of bedding to reduce or mitigate night time acid indigestion. The FDA has classified the MediWedge as a medical device.

Frequently Asked Questions

    real bad acid indigestion what causes it?
    I,ve been suffering for a few days with real bad acid indigestion and a wicked smell in my breath when i burp, Sometimes Pepsid helps, sometimes not. What is this and what is the cure?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be acid reflux. The muscle that keeps your stomach acid from backing up into your throat doesn't always work as well as it should. You can try a few things to make it not as bad; don't eat too much fatty or spicy food (and avoid alcohol), and stay upright for at least a half hour after you eat. If it happens a lot, you should go see a doctor about it because your throat isn't designed to withstand stomach acid, and being exposed to it regularly can be really bad for it.

    what causes acid indigestion!?
    well its not really a question,because through a process of ilimination,which took 9 months i found that fizzy drinks,mainly dr pepper were the cause,i havnt drunk alcohol for 9 years,so no blame there,so anyone suffering with acid,i recomend they cease drinking fizzy drinks,i hope this helps someone.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many things that can cause acid indigestion! Your digestive tract can not only be upset by underlying disease but it can also be influenced by emotional disturbances and stress. Some of these would be fear, worry, anxiety, anger, frustration and not taking the time required for elimination when you feel the urge to do so.

      However there is another element that can contribute to indigestion and stomach pain, and that is the foods we consume. Food or drink can be broken down into two categories (1) Alkaline, and (2) Acidic foods. A normal diet should consist of 75% alkaline foods and 25% acidic foods.

      Foods help control the pH of our bodies which is very important if we want to live a long healthy life. The ideal range of our bodies pH should be around 7.3 to 7.4. Values lower than these are considered acidic and the lower the number, the more acidic we become.

      If you don’t keep the pH balanced in your swimming pool, what happens? Right, it turns green. And if you don’t keep the pH balanced in your fish tank the little fellers will die! The human body is equally important to have a balanced pH level because being in an acidic state for long periods of time is the underlying cause of many diseases.

      When you are too acidic the stomach can become inflamed and irritated. The medical community terms this condition as “Gastritis” which basically means a red sore stomach in layman’s terms. “Gastritis”will cause you to experience stomach pains, increased stomach pressure (bloating) and flatulence more than normal because your whole body is full of acidic gases.

      When your stomach is bloated and has too much pressure it will force the Lower Esophageal Sphincter valve open and allow the acidic stomach gases to reflux and enter your esophagus. Upon entering the esophagus these stomach gases will build up pressure in your chest and sometimes this pressure will radiate out to the arm or back which will cause discomfort.

      The reflux of stomach gases can irritate the larynx and cause hoarseness, and the gases can also aspirate into the lungs, producing asthma-like symptoms. Many people have been prescribed asthma meds for their wheezing and coughing, when all they had to do was balance their pH levels which then controls the reflux.

      These same gases when they are building up pressure in your esophagus may also make you feel like you have a lump in your throat or a constriction right near your Adam’s apple. This is quite normal, and is called “Globus Sensation.”

      Once the gases build up enough pressure in the esophagus they will force the Upper Esophageal Sphincter valve open and the gases will come rushing out of your mouth in the form of a burp. When you burp you relieve the chest pressure, and usually the “Globus Sensation” ends at the same time.

      If you are suffering from stomach bloating, reflux, or other digestive problems take this simple at home test to determine the pH of your body and if you are too acidic take the necessary steps to correct the problem.

    why would m&ms cause acid indigestion when on a gluten free diet?
    I am under the impression m&m's are gluten free, and I am on a gluten free diet. Yet whenever i eat them.....I get major acid indigestion. Does anyone have any idea why?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm pretty sure M&Ms are gluten free in the USA, but if you're from anywhere else they're not. Either way, maybe you should avoid them and see if your symptoms go away. If they do then you'll know what's making you feel like this. If it doesn't help then you need to speak to a doctor.


    Can acid indigestion cause you to feel lightheaded?

    • ANSWER:
      It isn't likely...

      However, acid reflux is often a symptom of insulin resistance or hyperglycemia. If you find that it happens most often 1/2 to 1 hour after eating something bready, starchy or sugary, it is likely diet related. You may want to talk to your doctor about it- a few simple changes in diet will get rid of both the lightheadedness and the acid reflux.

    Acid indigestion?
    Last night I had a bowl of cereal with milk before I went to bed. I woke up a few hours later and regurgitated some food that burned a little, but I didn't vomit. I'm a little lactose intolerant but usually having a bowl of cereal doesn't cause any problems for me. Is this acid indigestion? Should I take an antacid for it? If so, what's the best antacid to take?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a similar problem and have found a logical solution in homeopathic medicine. Licorice extract or papaya enzyme (both in chewable pill form) have been good, natural antacids that don't cost much at your local health food store, natural grocery store, or co-op. There are also long-term natural medications for lactose-induced heartburn and acid indigestion that you could research online or via the stores you would find these products at. Hope this helps!

      PS: Prescription medicines and over-the-counter medications seldomly provide the relief you want for something like this.

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