HAVE YOU EVER FELT NAUSEA? Or really hungry when you shouldn’t be? This happens to me–and lately, quite a lot. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been recently dieting and my stomach is empty, I drink too much coffee <—probably, or if it’s something else. I do suffer from a little esophageal erosion, but this is something more.
Then I ran into this article by mistake: Excess Stomach Acid Mimics Hunger. It’s a really great article and I highly recommend giving it a read. It explains things that will open your eyes, but in reality these things are obvious: too many carbs, too much sugar, etc. But what I didn’t realize is that these things can cause more than just high blood sugar or obesity, they can affect your Autonomic Nervous System. It truly explains a lot.
I’m still not exactly sure what my *problem is (don’t worry, I’m working with the doc), but I thought this worthy of sharing: It might be something called Dyspepsia, which is not too much stomach acid, which I previously thought–but close. It’s where not enough acid is being emptied from the stomach. I did notice the nausea subsided when I ate (because of the hunger pang,) obviously giving the acid something to chew on, but that doesn’t help with my diet.
So I needed an alternative that didn’t pack on calories.
This article lists several things that will reduce stomach acid: Natural Remedies. The one I’ve chosen is fresh ginger. You can eat it in recipes or make ginger tea, which I like. Ginger also has the added benefit of aiding the digestive tract, combating inflammation and many other bodily functions. See what Dr. Oz wrote about ginger here: Dr. Oz on Ginger.
Just add a spoonful or two of freshly grated ginger to boiling water (and a tea bag if your prefer caffeine), wait about five minutes for brewing time, then add some honey if you like. But if you’re straining the ginger (which I don’t recommend unless the ginger is too harsh [HOT] for your tongue) don’t add the honey until after the brewing time. You want the water to take on enough ginger as possible for flavor, but mostly effect. I also add fresh mint to the tea. It’s also on the stomach acid reducing list and it makes for a great morning eyeopener: Ginger Mint Julip Tea!
*AUTHOR'S NOTE:The remedy in this article, EXCESS STOMACH ACID MIMICS HUNGER, is meant to treat simple nausea from sour stomach or poor eating habits, as well as an aid to digestion. PLEASE seek the advice of your regular doctor or a specialized gastroenterologist. Never push aside a worry or concern because the smallest thing may turn into something very serious and in most cases, catching problems in a timely fashion is integral for healthy survival.