How to Test for Low HCL Acid in the Stomach

If heartburn were caused by too much stomach acid, we’d have a bunch of teenagers popping Rolaids instead of elderly folks. But of course that’s the opposite of what we see. If you ask the average Joe on the street what causes heartburn, he’ll tell you “too much stomach acid.” That’s what most of the ads seem to suggest too. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures like the one at the top of this post in ads for acid suppressing drugs on TV and in magazines.

If your stomach acid levels are too low, this is known as hypochlorhydria. Following these tests, your doctor may also want to check some your nutritional bloods which can be affected by low stomach acid levels. Heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid travelling up towards the throat (acid reflux). If it keeps happening, it’s called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). If you’re looking for more info on stomach acid, here’s exactly what to eat to control reflux and 10 ways to cure your heartburn-without taking drugs.

The DR is going to have do a number of test to validate dumping. I was wondering if anybody has insight to this and could low stomach acid be a cause of this. Thanks for any help and direction on this. Hi Courteny – It could still be. Go ahead and perform the baking soda test for 3 mornings in a row to get a better judgement.

Great question, Ishanya!. Stomach acid is very strong and can burn through wood. I was wondering if you ate an entire eggplant whole how long would it take your stomach acid to dissolve.

Elevated ammonia levels will pickle your brain. I had high-functioning Asperger’s Syndrome. Between healing my gut, chelating mercury and arsenic with Andrew Cutler’s protocol, and now getting ammonia under control I’m not doing too bad now. I don’t know what caused low stomach acid but mercury does very bad things to the digestive system.

Maybe it would be helpful to read up on magnesium and perhaps zinc also. If you aren’t absorbing the nutrients from your food due to low stomach acid then a mineral deficiency could account for some of your symptoms. @Debbie – Yes, hair falling out could be the result of years upon years of low acid levels resulting in low nutrient status of the body. I’d suggest you check out Dr. Johnathon Wright’s Stomach Acid book.

This means it is very likely you have low stomach acid levels. This test is not accurate enough to rule out low stomach acid. To rule out low stomach acid, you will need to try the Heidelberg test or Betaine HCL challenge test. Upon conclusion of the test, you’ll have a graph showing your specific stomach response to the challenge solution. From this test, the doctor can determine if you have any forms of hypochlorhydria, hyperchlorhydria, or achlorhydria.

how to test your stomach acid levels

These can help cool your symptoms and prevent bigger problems later on. The “Heidelberg test” is an alternative way to measure stomach acid and diagnose hypochlorhydria/achlorhydria. Risk of particular infections, such as Vibrio vulnificus (commonly from seafood) is increased. Even without bacterial overgrowth, low stomach acid (high pH) can lead to nutritional deficiencies through decreased absorption of basic electrolytes (magnesium, zinc, etc.) and vitamins (including vitamin C, vitamin K, and the B complex of vitamins). Such deficiencies may be involved in the development of a wide range of pathologies, from fairly benign neuromuscular issues to life-threatening diseases.

how to test your stomach acid levels

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