Reverse Low Stomach Acid: The Risks, the Symptoms, and the Solutions

Acid Reflux and GERD

was on antibiotics for about 8 years for various infections that I kept on getting which I suspect ruined my gut flora etc. I think my stomach ferments everything and enzymes used to work for me, as did probiotics but now even those do not seem to help much. Probiotics even the SCD friendly 3 million, give me terrible headaches. I have just started taking betaine along with a digestive enzyme before each meal on the advice of an RHN. Previously I was having a terrible time with bowel movement being loose, thin or wet with undigested food.

Proton pump inhibitors are powerful reducers of stomach acid. They are often prescribed instead of H2-receptor antagonists because they are thought to be more effective, but their long-term use may increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.

You can increase your zinc intake through whole foods. Pumpkin seeds are the most concentrated, non-meat food source of zinc. Most foods that are high in zinc are animal foods such as beef, lamb, crabmeat, turkey, chicken, lobster, clams and salmon.

Lately I notice I only cough after eating, or if I recline. My doc says its acid reflux. I do not burp or pass gas much and recently i had a crohns flate which maybe was brought on by the antibiotics. As part of trying to treat the cough I’ve taken Prilosec but it did nothing. Two Tums after I eat helps but I don’t want to take Tums all the time.

People over the age of 65 years are most likely to have low levels of hydrochloric acid. Low levels of hydrochloric acid can have a profound impact on the body’s ability to properly digest and absorb nutrients.

This is the amount of secretion of hydrochloric acid needed to lower the pH to 3 when it increases above this value, usually after eating food or drinking too much water. In other words, when you drink too much water, buffering molecules inside your stomach begin losing protons, which increases the number of free protons in the system. The primary function of gastric acid is to aid in digestion by activating pepsinogen into pepsin – an enzyme that breaks down proteins – which, in turn, helps to break the bonds linking amino acids. Also, the acidic environment inside the stomach prevents infection and the growth of dangerous microorganisms.

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Why Stomach Acid Is Important

Stomach acid isn’t only used to break down food, it also breaks down the proteins that we eat, aids in mineral absorption, activates intrinsic factor that is needed to absorb B12, and much more. Stomach acid also acts as the first line of defense against foreign “friends” that get in through our food (bacteria and parasites).

Gastric acid consists of potassium chloride, sodium chloride, and what else?

My doctors didn’t think it was important! Also had other symptoms that got worse over the years. Headaches, chest pain on the left side, ear pain, psoriasis, arthritis, and sinus issues. Since I stopped eating starches, beans, breads, pastas, and only a little meat once a week WITH the betaine, my symptoms dissapeared!

I wish more practitioners were more educated about low HCL levels. Thanks for this website, it will be a reference for me going forward. This should be filling in so many blanks I didn’t think about and definitely was told about by docs.

I did the baking soda test 2 times and did not burp at all. I have other low stomach acid symptoms, like rectal itching, dry skin, fatigue, bloating, feeling full quickly.

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