What is known is it will allow your digestion to work correctly in the interim. Stomach acid declines with age, which is why many elderly people experience low appetite, feelings of fullness, and are generally uninterested in eating. Stomach acid can also lower due to stress, gum chewing, nail biting, and other habits that “trick” your body into thinking that food is on its way.
The third and most powerful way to increase HCl is to take Betaine HCl, a naturally occurring amino acid compound usually derived from beets. While this can be done safely on your own with care, it is best to work with health professional to determine appropriateness and correct dosage. Betaine HCl should not be taken by anyone who has ulcers, gastric inflammation, and/or is on medications, especially anti-inflammatory medication (e.g. corticosteroids, aspirin, ibuprofen, or other NSAIDs).
Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid
Elevated ammonia levels will pickle your brain. I had high-functioning Aspergerâ€™s Syndrome. Between healing my gut, chelating mercury and arsenic with Andrew Cutlerâ€™s protocol, and now getting ammonia under control Iâ€™m not doing too bad now.
Iâ€™ve been reading through your posts and have learned a lot about digestion, so, thanks! Iâ€™ve been dealing with Acid-reflux for about a month, treating it naturally-after taking a 2-week does of Prilosec, which didnt work-for a week. I just ran across this site and have to say it is very informativeâ€¦ I have a question I read somewhere that Aloe Vera juice is supposed to help with the healing of acid reflux can you give me any feedback on thisâ€¦ it would be very much appreciated. @Kate – hmm could be, Iâ€™d get checked via Biohealth 401h and metametrix 2105 for any gut infections that are suppressing acid function.
Highly recommend you look into the food you eat. I am not sure about the iodine being important and that is an interesting angle that Iâ€™d like to look into, however I do know that the body needs zinc and B1 to make HCL. So, deficiencies should be addressed.
Acid Reflux (GER & GERD) in Adults. Accessed 8/21/2018. I had many of the risk factors for low stomach acid and wondered if this could be part of the reason for my remaining nutrient deficiencies. HCL should only be taken with meals containing proteins as not as much stomach acid is needed for digesting vegetables and fruits.
It is not a pleasant feeling. Itâ€™s what we call GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Iâ€™ve always thought it sounded counterintuitive to use an acid to alleviate indigestion, but the number of times Iâ€™ve heard people treat their symptoms of heartburn with apple cider vinegar is too large to count. So, I decided to look into whether this strategy works, and to do some investigation about the idea behind its use. To my surprise, there is no research published in medical journals that addresses using raw apple cider vinegar to treat heartburn, despite widespread use and recommendations from blogs and websites.
My last step here is a lifestyle tip. Those four natural remedies will help, but there are a few other things you want to do to help heal your low stomach acid. To combat this issue, you actually want to naturally balance the pH level of your stomach.
I tested positive for SIBO in September. I also now have histamine intolerance/mcas. I was on PPIs and high live culture probiotics from February until July (I believe this caused my SIBO). Once I stopped both, the LPR/reflux symptoms disappeared. My reflux problems have recently returned, along with waking up with bloating and burning pain.
Any belching after 3 minutes indicates a low acid level. For the record, Iâ€™m unaware of any scientific studies that prove this method of stomach acid testing is either reliable or accurate.
Baking soda has a number of health benefits and can offer fast relief from acid reflux, too. Because itâ€™s a base, not an acid, it can help to neutralize stomach acid even if you have low production. But since it can lower stomach acid, it should only be used sparingly. An easy way to cool down the fire is to drink more water.
But I must warn you, do not combine HCL supplements with corticosteroids or anti-inflammatory drugs such as NSAIDS (Advil or Tylenol). These medications are notorious for damaging the GI lining and can increase your chances of developing stomach ulcers. In his book, â€œWhy Stomach Acid is Good for You,â€ Dr. Wright goes into a detailed explanation. He says that 50 percent of Americans over 50 are not producing an adequate amount of stomach acid for proper food digestion.