Jonathan V Wright
Most Americans suffer stomach problems. Many lead lives of utter misery.
I’ve been taking enzymes for the past 2 years and it has helped a lot, but now they seem to be working only minimally. I rarely get heartburn, but I do get the feeling of food still being in my stomach all the time after I eat. I have a couple nights of regurgitation of food even hours after my meal. I can’t eat a lot in one sitting, and end up being hungry in an hour or so.
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Once I stopped both, the LPR/reflux symptoms disappeared. My reflux problems have recently returned, along with waking up with bloating and burning pain. I’ve still had undigested food particles in my stool, burping/bloating/flatulence immediately after eating/drinking/taking vitamins, weight loss, and difficulty digesting everything. I’ve assumed low stomach acid this whole time but have never been tested for it.
In the final article, I’ll present simple dietary and lifestyle changes that can eliminate heartburn and GERD once and for all. @Terri – What your reporting is exactly what I would expect anyone with low stomach acid to tell me. When they eat more meat (protein) they have more digestion problems. By eating more protein you would need stronger acid levels and more pepsin to break it down.
I show all the symptoms of low stomach acid,nausea, vomiting , feeling of rotting food in stomach and several trips to the E.R upon many other symptoms. I have been so sick for about a year almost to the point of not being able to eat. I have now started to take hcl with pepcin and i can finally eat again!
Even worse, these powerful drugs are now available over-the-counter with no warnings about the dangers they present. As I wrote above, Americans spend more than $13 billion on acid stopping drugs each year. This expense might be justified if antacid drugs were actually curing heartburn and GERD. But just the opposite is true.
I will be buying some apple cider vinegar along with HCL tablets tomorrow but I understand that lemon juice in water first thing in the morning also helps. Hello. I just had a few questions. Would taking too much tums cause low stomach acid? I have eliminated diary, but it doesn’t seem to help.
HI Gary, it’s likely that low stomach acid is playign a role to some degree – whether indirect or direct. We’d suggest testing it out as the article explains and then supplementing if necessary. 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. You can also perform the HCL challenge test, as this is more accurate.
Because of the plethora of dangerous side effects most people should get off these drugs which produce billions of dollars for pharma companies who really don’t care if you get better overall and produce “relief of symptoms”. Both primary care physicians and specialists (gastroenterologists) have the same goals and are working with tainted studies from Big Pharma by highly paid sales reps and do not take the time to explore options which are “outside the box”. Completely changed my thinking and alleviated much of my digestive issues. The somewhat long-winded diatribe against the pharmaceutical companies prevented me from giving the book 5 stars, not to mention hurting the credibility of the book by its overbearing tone.
They are trying to give me Lansoprazole, but I am refusing to take it as it does absolutely nothing. I go to bed hungry, and wake up with acid in my mouth.
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Pylori infections are a common cause of low stomach acid. Your doctor can test for h. pylori.
Granted this only the first test but it seems telling to me. I was always told I had GERD and put on proton pump inhibitors. I’ve been off them for a long time but had some bad acid attacks and lots of frothy white liquid that kept coming up my throat (I have had this before many times). I think my stomach sphincter is not closing properly anymore and allowing the stomach contents to come back up because of the pressure from the bloating.
Keeping stomach acid levels low leads to malnutrition contributing to a list of other diseases. My MD loaned me this book after I had a visit to Emergency late one night and received a diagnosis of hyper-acidity and was prescribed Prilosec. At the time my MD was on a Medical Mission trip and when she returned I went in for a follow-up, she urged me to read this book advising that rather than hyper-acidity it was more likely I had low stomach acid (which is common in Thyroid patients). The first dose of Betaine HCL I took with my evening meal, resulted in immediate reduction of indigestion symptoms. I followed the protocols recommended in the book with excellent results.