Diagnose Low Stomach Acid in 2 Seconds

All for want of a little acid that might not even be the problem to begin with. Kirsten Jackson is a UK registered Consultant Gastroenterology Dietitian and founder of The Food Treatment Clinic. She has undergone many qualifications to get where she is today, including a UK BSc Honours Degree in Dietetics and Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Dietetics.

I am not able to gauge what causing this problem . Is it ok to have these symptoms.

I’m in a hurry.” Let me tell you “what.” Chewing is crucial. The mechanical breakdown of the food is essential to good digestion by providing a greater surface for the HCl and pepsin to work. Better digested food leads to less reflux. Further, saliva contains various other factors that increase the protection of the esophageal barrier.

It is literally driving me insane. It also affects my breath. I started getting this taste after taking a lot of antibiotics for another problem (urinary tract), and I always thought that triggered it, but it doesn’t seem likely.

Never realized that low stomach acid was one of the culprits, but after testing myself and finding my dosage at four 650mg capsules, I’m feeling much much better after meals. I’ve found this site (and Chris Kressler’s) very informative. I’ve had a horrible cough for 2 years and was diagnosed with acid reflux a couple months ago.

I was dianosed with acid reflux 2-3 years ago and is yet to find a medicine that takes control of my acid reflux. When they try to go up in the dose of prevacid or etc. it seems to aggrivate my condition more. I can have burning when I’ve just drank water or just sitting in a wrong position or etc.

I mainly drink water because it seems if I drink anything else I get sick to my stomach…. I do hope you see this and maybe have some suggestions…. got a quick question, I read your post about finding out acid level in stomach wether low or too much. I have been suffering gastritis for past 5 years and been put on several acid reducer medication by my GI Doc.

  • Low levels of hydrochloric acid can have a profound impact on the body’s ability to properly digest and absorb nutrients.
  • Natural supplement options include apple cider vinegar and digestive bitters.
  • It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
  • Kirsten also participates in charity work as an Expert Advisor for the IBS Network.
  • It closes to keep food in the stomach.
  • Aside from me quitting smoking 2 years ago it really doesn’t make any sense to have gained that much weight.

Don’t just prop your head and shoulders up with pillows, which can actually worsen reflux. Remain upright after meals.

In the short-term, you need to supplement your acid levels to allow the rest of the digestive process to work properly. After getting 2 positive tests, it is time to start supplementing with Betaine HCL to get your stomach acid levels where they need to be for good digestion.

You can safely test for low stomach acid on your own and if your symptoms improve upon supplementing with HCL, chances are you may have low stomach acid. Hi Ashley, thanks for reaching out!

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! Thanks to this website and my research.

Not once did I know low stomach acid could have been the culprit. From that point on I have had lowered immunity, have fibro, chronic fatigue, etc, etc. This morning I did the acid test, ten minutes after the baking soda, still nothing. I took the HLC with my breakfast, 2 eggs. Had a protein, and the HLC, and this afternoon I have felt wonderful.

Also called stomach acid stimulation test and stomach acid test. There is no mention of what to do if/when it is confirmed there is low stomach acid. The idea here is to dose the HCl pills until you feel a slight discomfort in your stomach. When I was low on stomach acid (due to the bacteria h.pylori), I had to take as many as 7 pills to feel the warmth. Autoimmune conditions – perhaps not a causation but low stomach acid can be a big contributor to autoimmunity through GI inflammation and zinc deficiency that is often caused by low stomach acid.

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