Dr. Vyalov: water with lemon does not increase or decrease the acidity of the stomach. What does she do then?

Gastroenterologist, hepatologist Sergei Vyalov said that lemon does not reduce or increase the acidity of the stomach. Hereported this on his blog.

Opposite opinions are usually written about lemon and acidity in the stomach. Some say that it reduces acidity, others, on the contrary, that it increases.

According to Vyalov, even chemists sometimes forget that hydrochloric acid does not interact with citric acid.

— Absolutely nothing happens in the stomach. No alkalization, no acidification, the specialist emphasized.

What happens when you drink water with lemon?

—Lemon contains citric acid and various essential oils with phytoncides. Usually it is diluted in water, this creates a feeling of filling the stomach, noted Vyalov.

As a result, it is not the production of acid that is stimulated, but the tone, motility and perilstatics of the stomach. This reduces the severity a little, and the person seems to feel better. But the problem remained – both increased acidity and inflammation. This can ultimately lead to stomach cancer.

High stomach acidity, also known as hyperacidity, can cause discomfort and digestive problems. How to cope with high acidity:

1. Avoid spicy and fatty foods: such foods can stimulate the production of stomach acid. It is recommended to eat easily digestible foods rich in fiber.

2. Increase the number of meals gradually: Eating small meals throughout the day can help reduce stress on the stomach and acid levels.

3. Avoid alcohol and nicotine: these substances can irritate the stomach lining and increase acid production.

4. Avoid eating before bed: Eating right before bed can increase the risk of acid reflux. It is recommended to have dinner 2-3 hours before bedtime.

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If you have serious problems with high acidity, it is recommended to consult a doctor for professional advice and treatment.

Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.

Sergey Vyalov Sergey Vyalov Medicine Gastroenterologist, hepatologist