Thursday, October 22, 2009

Don’t drink milk when you have gastric

I was having a mild gastric yesterday and when I voiced it out, hubby told me to drink some milk to ease the gastric pain. But somewhere on the back of my mind, I remember hearing some advise about how milk will aggravate gastric pains even more than it provides relieve. I told him this and he said it can’t be, because an aunt of his has bad gastric problems and her doctor specifically told her to drink milk. Still not convinced, I decided to do some research about the effect of milk on gastric pains, whether milk relives gastric pains or worsen it. What do you think?

From my searches on the internet, I found many forums and websites that suggest taking milk to help relieve gastric and stomach ulcer pains. This is because milk is an alkaline component and it will neutralise the acidity of the gastric juice in the stomach that is causing the gastric pains. However, upon further reading, I read that milk is only a short term relief to gastric.

Milk contains fats and protein. When these components enter the body system, they encourage more acid juices to be secreted in the stomach so that it can digest the proteins. So before long, you may find that your gastric may return. And if you keep drinking milk as a cure for gastric, it won’t help you in the long term. You can read more about the explanation on this from some short paragraphs here and here.

The next time you have gastric and prefer to take natural remedies to cure gastric pains, here are some things you can do:

1. Drink lots of water

2. Eat garlic (read about the health benefits of garlic here) – Long term consumption of garlic helps to prevent stomach acidity. For a quick relieve from gastric pains, you can try crushing 2 cloves of garlic and consuming it.

3. Drink apple cider vinegar (read about the benefits of apple cider vinegar here)- Apple cider vinegar and garlic can be combined help relieve gastric pains. Crush a couple of cloves of garlic into a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, refrigerate and take a spoonful for instant relief.

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