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How To Neutralize Oxalic Acid In Food
Diet : If symptoms are related to gastroesophageal reflux then diet change, decreased total fat intake, avoid large meals, alcohol, acidy food, chocolate, etc. Sometimes dairy products such as yogurt and milk help; otc meds are available.Usual symptoms are chest pain and nausea. If symptoms become severe, see physician for exam and recommendations. ...Read more
For acidity or hyperacidity, Ayurveda says to avoid foods that contain tartaric acid, citric acid, lactic acid, does this make sense?
Ayurveda for Acidity: I commend you for your desire for Good Health. Hyperacidity can be very uncomfortable. It can be due to various foods, medical condition or stress. Citric acid is used as a preservative and it can aggravate acidity. For hyperacidity, Ayurveda advises to avoid vinegar, tomatoes, sour citrus fruits, orange juice, salsa, onions, garlic, chili peppers, salty fried foods, and alcohol. ...Read more
Does eating food containing too much salt increase uric acid amount? I mean are salt in food and uric acid in blood generally related ?
Uric acid diet: Tart cherry juice is effective; avoid organ meats; fatty meats and alcohol will elevate uric acid. Avoid these. Also, drink at least 3 liters fluid per day - this may enhance uric acid excretion - and if you incline your diet successfully to mostly whole grain, fruit, and veggies, using white fish and egg white for protein, then your uric acid levels will come down. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I know bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is produced to neutralize stomach acid. Where does this take place?
duodenum: The pancreas produces a host of digestive enzymes which enter the duodenum when the stomach contents are ready to pass to the next portion. This is full of bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) which is alkaline and neutralizes the stomach acids and provides the environment for the digestive enzymes to function. ...Read more
I'm confused. Does food buffer stomach acid, or does the stomach make more acid in response to food?
Gastric acid: Actually both. Food will buffer acid in the stomach, but eating will stimulate more acid secretion. ...Read more
It depends: If you do not have gout there is no reason to do anything. If you do have a history of gout or kidney stones, Allopurinol is the drug of choice for most. Regardless of what other docs may tell you, studies have clearly shown that diets and high water intake have only minimal effect on serum uric acid levels. ...Read more
why aren't the proteins we eat denatured in the acidic stomach? how are enzymes able to connect to the proteins, low stomach PH doesnt denature them?
Thoughtful question!: Enzymatic digestion occurs predominantly in the small bowel due to the action of "pancreatic juice" which contains many enzymes, including trypsinogen, chymotrypsinogen, elastase, carboxypeptidase, pancreatic lipase, nucleases & amylase. The pancreas also expresses bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) to neutralize stomach acid, thereby promoting enzymatic action. ...Read more
Probably Not, & Yes: Fast food is notorious for being low in fiber & generally high in calories from concentrated sweets & fat. Fats delay stomach emptying & promote reflux. Dietary fats also promote release of cck & substance y which alters gut sensitivity, contracts the gallbladder, & prompts the "ileal brake" which in predisposed patients causes bloating & fullness. Choose instead salads, fruits, & whole grains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uric acid diet: Tart cherry juice is effective; avoid organ meats; fatty meats and alcohol will elevate uric acid. Avoid these. Also, drink at least 3 liters fluid per day - this may enhance uric acid excretion - and if you incline diet successfully to mostly whole grain, fruit, and veggies, and nuts, using white fish and egg white for protein, then uric acid levels will come down. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See details: Despite what other doctors may tell you, studies have shown that diet has little benefit in reducing the uric acid level other than avoiding alcohol. If you do not have a history of gout, kidney stones or major kidney issues then no therapy is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No. : Fresh/raw spinach leaves are good for overall health. So far we do not know of any problems to teeth when spinach is eaten in its raw/fresh state. Taken moderately and as long as you are not allergic to them, fresh spinach leaves are beneficial to us. They contain chlorophylls, fibers, and more. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why bother?: There are a few reasons that i can think of for lowering serum uric acid: to treat gout and uric acid kidney stones. When some types of cancer are treated, there is a complication called tumor lysis syndrome. In that setting medication is given to prevent a sudden elevation of uric acid. However i cannot think of a reason to quickly lower serum uric acid. ...Read more
Digestion 101: Stomach acid doesn't regulate digestion but facilitates conversion of pepsinogen. Most digestion & absorption occurs beyond the stomach with regulation mediated by nerve signal interplay locally within the gut, centrally with the brain, along with neurotransmitters, hormones, chemical signaling & feedback loops that help mediate secretion, release of bile & pancreatic juice, gut motility, etc. ...Read more
Do Tums (calcium carbonate) cause indigestion due to lowering stomach pH ? Does this stop the release of enzymes in the small intestine b/c thechyme isn't acidic enough?
Not that way: Tums (calcium carbonate) act as antacid (for the acid already made), and will raise stomach ph. Small intestine is alkaline not acidic. Tums can cause constipation (all calcium supps can), gassiness, bloat, calcium carbonate can increase risk for kidney stones (calcium citrate won't-as much). Calcium also stimulates stomach to produce more acid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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