This Home Remedy for Stomach Ache Decreases Sign and Symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Many Like You.
Joint pain is rough, but with bloating, it’s time to find a home remedy for stomach ache. Especially when it’ll prevent your sign and symptom of rheumatoid arthritis.
Before I tell you about this home remedy for stomach ache, let’s review probable causes, some stomach ache symptoms, and its connection to your sign and symptom of rheumatoid arthritis.
Several studies have shown that many rheumatoid arthritis patients have low levels of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) and pepsin in their stomachs.
If you, like many other rheumatoid arthritis patients, have low stomach acid, then you probably suffer these common stomach ache symptoms:
1) Stomach ache after eating meat or high protein in a meal.
2) Stomach full for extra long time.
3) Fragile, easily chipped and thin fingernails.
4) Hair with less luster, excess hair loss.
5) More likely to catch flu, colds, etc. than others.
6) Poor absorption of calcium, zinc, iron, and vitamin B12.
7) Food mass in stomach often ferments, releasing acidic gases, and causing bloating, belching.
Many people have these stomach ache symptoms and then use antacids for their home remedy for stomach ache.
However, if you’re like many rheumatoid arthritis patients or elders, using antacids for your stomach ache doesn’t fix it, according to Dr. Jonathan V. Wright and Dr. Richard West. In fact, antacid reduces the acidity of the stomach.
Your stomach ache symptoms are most likely caused by too LITTLE stomach acid rather than too much stomach acid.
Having enough stomach acid often relieves sign and symptom of rheumatoid arthritis, like yours.
Importance of Having Enough Stomach Acid
1. Your stomach acid is vital for digesting meats and other proteins.
The enzymes such as pepsin which begin digesting the protein in meats, only work efficiently in highly acidic stomachs.
Your body needs the digested proteins which become protein building blocks, called amino acids, to repair your damaged tissues.
2. Absorption of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium and vitamin B12 needs adequate levels of stomach acid.
These essential minerals and vitamin B12 are essential for your strong bones, firm muscle tone, healthy skin, strong finger and toenails.
They also are vital for your normal brain function, normal emotional responses, good memory, lots of energy, restful sleep, and digestion.
These nutrients are also essential for your sharp senses of hearing, sight, taste and smell, wound healing, and fighting infections.
3. Enough stomach acid thwarts gut infection; and prevents bacterial and mold overgrowth (It makes you less likely to get sick.)
Many germs including the yeast Candida albicans, and the bacteria that causes pneumonia can’t survive normal acidic stomachs.
People who take antacids get pneumonia more than 4 times more often than people who don’t take antacids.
4. Your food mass, when acidic enough, triggers the opening of your sphincter (muscle at the end of stomach) so your food passes into your intestine.
Low production of stomach acid is common.
Two studies reported that about 3 of every 10 rheumatoid arthritis patients have low stomach acid.
Unfortunately, if you’ve had the sign and symptom for rheumatoid arthritis for years, then you have higher chances of having low stomach acid. (Many people 50 years or older secrete too little stomach acid).
In addition, Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD writes that about half of his rheumatoid arthritis patients have low stomach acid. Once he helps his patients correct the low stomach acid, many of his patients improve or go into remission.
Testing for low stomach acid:
There are several ways to test for low stomach acid.
First of all, 30 min. before your meal, drink 2 glasses of water to be sure you have enough water for stomach secretions, saliva and to enhance digestion.
If you take NSAIDS or aspirin which can increase intestinal bleeding and ulcers, it’s very important to consult your nutritionist, physician or health care provider to help you test whether you produce enough or low levels of stomach acid.
Salad-Vinegar Test: If you think you have low stomach acid, then you can try eating a salad with a delicious oil- vinaigrette salad dressing as your first course. The vinegar in the salad dressing will provide some additional acidity. Here’s my favorite oil-vinaigrette salad dressing recipe.
Or begin a meal with a delicious vinegar marinated vegetable (or egg) dish.
If you get no stomach pain when you enjoy a salad or other vinegar containing appetizer, then it’s likely that you have too little stomach acid. Eating a delicious salad before the main course can wet your appetite and be a home remedy for your stomach ache.
However, if you get a milder stomach ache after eating meat, then you likely need to have more stomach acid or more proteases, enzymes that digest protein.
The Zypan test: Dr. West writes that “the easiest and cheapest way to test for low stomach acid is the Zypan test”.
Zypan is a tablet that contains betaine-HCL and several different enzymes to help you digest your food. It is made by Standard Process from organically grown foods and harvested and processed with minimal heat. You can purchase them from your nutritionist or healthcare provider.
Assuming that you’re not taking any medication that causes ulcers like NSAIDS or aspirin on a regular basis, some physicians or healthcare providers suggest that you add one tablet of Zypan with your next meal. If you no longer get a stomach ache, then it’s likely that you make too little stomach acid and proteases for optimal digestion.
See below for suggestions for a home remedy for stomach ache caused by low stomach acid.
Gastric Acid Analysis: Dr. Jonathan Wright recommends that a gastric analysis be performed. Your physician will need to order this diagnostic test. It involves the insertion of a tube down your esophagus and into your stomach so that it can take a sample of your stomach juices.
Other methods for measuring stomach acid include Radiotelemetry with Heidelberg capsules, hair analysis and stool samples for undigested food.
Home remedy for stomach ache:
Here are several home remedies for stomach aches caused by low stomach acid or low production of proteases that are found in the stomach.
The first home remedy for stomach ache is to drink 2 glasses of water 30 min. before your meal. This water ensures you have enough water for stomach secretions, saliva and to enhance digestion.
Dr. Batmanghelidj found that most chronic dehydration caused many of the problems of poor digestion.
He wrote in “You’re not sick, You’re Thirsty” that he had cured many people of indigestion, including peptic ulcers, with water.
A second home remedy for stomach ache is to chew your food very well. “20 chews per mouthful,” recommends Dr. Fuchs.
Chewing 20 times really mixes the saliva with your food, and slows your eating pace.
Importantly, chewing your food 20 times breaks it down into very small pieces so that your enzymes have a chance to digest it fully.
How many times do you chew your food now? 5, 8, 12 times? Next time you sit down to eat, count—it could make a huge difference in how much you absorb from each mouthful—and your health.
Try chewing each mouthful 20 times for just 2 weeks and notice the lift in your energy!
Dr. Fuchs observed much health improvement in hundreds of her patients with this simple home remedy.
Savor a delicious Salad or vinegar marinated vegetable as an appetizer and your home remedy for stomach ache.
Enjoy eating a salad of lots of fresh vegetables drizzled with a delicious oil-vinaigrette salad dressing as your first course. The vinegar in the salad dressing will provide some additional acidity.
Or savor some vinegar-marinated vegetables or eggs.
Fresh fruits and vegetables grown close to your home burst with flavor and nutrition. To find a farm or farmer’s market selling fresh produce near you, visit www.localharvest.org.
Some food combinations are easier to digest than others. That’s because your body uses different conditions and enzymes to digest fruits, protein, fats and carbohydrates. Follow these rules to ease your digestion.
Supplements as a home remedy for stomach ache caused by low stomach acid:
There are several supplements that contain betaine hydrochloride-pepsin or glutamic-acid hydrochloride-pepsin to improve the acidity of the stomach and aid food digestion.
Each can provide some relief and act as a home remedy for stomach ache caused by low stomach acid.
However, even food grade hydrochloric acid such as betaine-HCl or glutamic-acid hydrochloride, can cause serious damage in people with ulcers or internal bleeding. It should never be mixed with anti-inflammatory medications like NSAIDS or aspirin. Although problems are rare, they can be serious so consult with your physician or healthcare provider.
If you have an ulcer, then you must first heal your ulcer before treating your low stomach acid.
Z-88 tablets. I take one Z-88 during each meal as a home remedy for stomach ache. Z-88 contains betaine-HCl, and many enzymes. It is sold by Dews Twentieth Century.
I’ve used Z-88 as my home remedy for stomach ache for years. Z-88 really helps my digestion—no more belching, pains or what I called heartburn. I also began feeling more energy.
In addition, I take Zypan which was recommended by my healthcare practitioner. Zypan contains both betaine hydrochloride and enzymes including pepsin. It is made from organically grown foods by Standard Process.
Other Causes of Stomach Aches
Stomach ulcers are places in your lining where the mucus does not protect the cells from the stomach acid and has made a hole. It can be deadly.
2. Mucus layer lining your stomach is too thin.
Your stomach cells produce mucus, a thick gooey stuff, which protects them from the stomach acid.
It needs to be thick enough to protect your stomach from its acid. At least one herbal product has been shown to induce more mucus.
3. Antibiotics likely killed your beneficial bacteria in your gut as well as your menacing infection.
Replenishing your beneficial bacteria and yeast (Probiotics) will help you digest your foods, make vitamin Bs, boost your immunity and crowd out the disease-causing bacteria, viruses and yeasts.
4. Mechanical problems such as a prolapsed stomach and large intestine cause a pool of stomach acid to remain in stomach.
5. Eating food combinations that are difficult to digest.
Here’s a list of food combinations that are easily digested.
Correcting your low stomach acid production by a home remedy for stomach ache gives you more energy and nutrition. And it can begin to relieve the sign and symptom of your rheumatoid arthritis.
Feedback Form Provided
If you decide to try a home remedy for stomach ache, please note your sign and symptom of rheumatoid arthritis on the attached form before you begin and then reassess your progress after 1 day, 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks, 2 months, etc.
After you fill out the Feedback form, I’ll tabulate your results and put them on the website for your fellow RA patients.
This will help your fellow RA patients weigh the pros and cons of this home remedy for stomach ache.
Thanks you for your help! I and many rheumatoid arthritis patients thank you in advance.
Please note that the information on this website is a sharing of information and knowledge from the research and experience of Dr. Molnar-Kimber and her community. It is not intended to diagnose nor treat any disease or precondition nor replace your one on one relationship with a qualified health care professional. It also is not intended to be medical advice. However, it is often observed that patients who take a major interest in their disease and learn as much as they can about their disease and potential treatments often improve faster than those who don’t. Dr. Molnar-Kimber encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research and discussions with your qualified health care professional.