Low Stomach Acid

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Stomach acid

Having enough hydrochloric acid is essential for proper digestion. It is now known that many digestive problems which used to be associated with high stomach acid are actually caused by low stomach acid. Problems such as indigestion, reflux, parasites and undigested food passing through can be a result of low stomach acid. And if food isn’t being broken down adequately you cannot absorb all the nutrients from the food you eat. If this continues long term more problems can occur such as deficiencies and gut damage.

How do you know if you have low stomach acid?

The only way to find out for sure is to get a test done by a professional, never diagnose yourself. However symptoms can be very similar to high levels of hydrochloric acid which is why getting a professional diagnosis is essential.

Problems which may be associated with low hydrochloric acid include:

• Heartburn
• Gas
• Indigestion
• Reflux
• Food intolerance
• Bloating
• Fullness after eating small amounts
• Undigested food in stools
• Chronic gastrointestinal infections
• Poor immunity
• Fatigue
• Acne

What causes low hydrochloric acid?

One common cause of low stomach acid is eating when stressed, upset, worried or emotional. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system which stops the production of hydrochloric acid. Another cause may be a diet which is deficient in a variety of vitamins and minerals; or a diet high in processed foods. Then there is the over the counter acid suppressors, if used long term this can cause acid production to slow down and while they may be necessary for certain treatments they can cause digestive problems if they become over used.

Natural ways to increase stomach acid:

There are many treatments to increase stomach acid if you have been diagnose with low production. Some people recommend taking hydrochloric acid supplements, however this can be very dangerous and should only ever be done under the supervision of a medical doctor. Some natural ways to increase stomach acid include:

• Relaxing when eating
• Eat slowly, chew well
• Consume a wholefood diet
• Cut down on junk food
• Include fermented foods in your diet
• Drinking bitter teas such as ginger tea
• Eliminate food sensitivities such as gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, nuts etc.
• Cut out irritating foods and drinks such as coffee, spicy foods, and alcohol.
• Cutting out the nightshades may help (potatoes, tomatoes, capsicum).
• Lemons, pineapple, apple cider vinegar and limes may help.

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I became interested in health and nutrition many years ago due to my own health issues. This led me into a degree in nutrition and human biology. Once I completed the degree I felt like I wanted to learn a more holistic approach and began to study naturopathy. This is how I was introduced to homeopathy and began using it on myself and my family members to create a more holistic nutritional form of treatment.

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  1. My doctor recommended to me 2 tablets 3 times per day with meals, for at least 2 months

  2. Thanks to you all for the information, I can see the spurt of hope through the information. I’m indian where can I buy or get mastic gum? It’s really horrible suffering from the chronic disease, hope you’re information will help me a lot. …@ Nicole Hooton, źaneta krema

  3. I’ve just recovered from the same thing! So I know how you feel, and it’s horrible 🙁 You need something pretty strong to kill h pylori and unfortunately it usually requires antibiotics. I was prescribed antibiotics for it but I decided to try raw garlic first because I had a low positive result. The garlic worked for me, but I’m still healing the damage that the h pylori did. You’ve really got to just kill them even if it requires antibiotics and then concentrate on healing with natural remedies.

  4. you can not eliminate h pylori just through diet. You can try Mastic Gum. From the homeopathic perspective the Nux Vom in a very low potency along with your constitutional remedy was recomended to me.

  5. For burning and acidity u can use homeopathic medicine #Iris verse in 30 potency 🙂
    nd other best supporting medicine is #Nux vomica in 30 potency which will b helpfull for u in indigestion, heart burning, flatulence nd gastric prOblem 🙂

  6. Thanks for answered me and give me the advice, I’ll follow them. Please tell me how can I eliminate h pylori through proper diet. ….?

  7. A blood sugar patient can eat jogurt (curd)-calcium/lemon juice after ya before taken blood sugar medicine.

  8. Hopefully you can read this anti-inflammatory diet. This may help with any inflammation in the body as it takes around 28 days to see results … you can also think of it as a lymph node health diet and a gastrointestinal diet.

  9. I’m suffering from chronic intestinal problem, last diagnosis was duodenal erosion and grade 1 GERD, and H Pylori positive, my actually problem is when I have some food I feel full and a pressure in my gut, I’m 27 yrs, burning sensation, upper abdominal discomforts and anxious without any reason or depression, I found that when my gut is fine I never had any problems with anxiety. Please help me I’m really want to live. …..Please

  10. because this is what they are taught to do. They do not think outside the box

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