Integrated Medicine doc tested me with Heidelberg test about 8 years ago, discovered I have NO stomach acid. My grandmother died, in 1933, of Pernicious Anemia, caused by lack of Intrinsic Factor, and I’ve been doing internet research on that. It’s genetic, and may be the cause of my Restless Legs Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, and my son’s high fat buildup around his cardiac arteries and his liver problems.
And what’s interesting about this is that about 30% of people with leaky gut have no gut symptoms at all. Then you have other studies that have found a link between constipation and acne, and that’s probably mediated via changes in the gut flora too, because research has shown consistently that people with constipation have compromised gut flora, and this is definitely my clinical experience. People are contacting us on our site that are aware of it and they’re looking for different ways to treat it or improve the gut, anyway, via diet and supplements, so I think it’s really encouraging. The exceptions would be psoriasis and eczema, which I and a lot of other researchers consider to be autoimmune conditions, and of course, we know about the connection between leaky gut and autoimmunity, so there’s still a very strong gut connection, but there’s maybe an additional immune dysregulation happening there that may not be happening with acne and some of the other skin conditions, although maybe it is and we just don’t know at this point.
We need stomach acid to produce the enzymes that break down our food, so low levels of acid can affect vitamin and mineral absorption and could lead to overgrowth of harmful bacteria, yeast or parasites in the stomach and small intestine. Low stomach acid can cause a feeling of fullness after eating, bloating and discomfort, and even lower your appetite (this is oftentimes the case in the elderly). You may also have irregular bowel movements and dysbiosis in the gut (an imbalance in your gut bacteria). You may notice that you’re developing allergies or sensitivities to foods that you used to be able to tolerate.
Age. Hypochlorhydria is much more common as you get older. People over the age of 65 years are most likely to have low levels of hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid helps your body to break down, digest, and absorb nutrients such as protein. It also eliminates bacteria and viruses in the stomach, protecting your body from infection.
These medications can damage the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and adding HCL to the mix could aggravate that or increase the risk of an ulcer. By the time they find me, they’ve usually accumulated a list of western interventions trying to get their complexion back which includes topical creams, steroids which thin the lining of their gut (creating more gut infections/issues) and give the adrenals a run for their money, or antibiotics (which ultimately make your digestive and skin health worse…ugh). Normal function of parietal cells can be affected by different factors, such as chronic inflammation, stress, or free radical activity.
This is nothing more than propaganda from people who make money when you believe their message. In 2009, there were 110 million prescriptions filled for acid suppressing drugs! Would Mother Nature create a situation in which almost 1 out of 3 people created too much acid to be healthy? I don’t think so.
pylori ( Helicobacter pylori) which routinely causes low stomach acid and ulcers. There are about 5 key medical doctors who’ve studied gastric secretions with rosacea to find out in clinical trials that 75% of patients with rosacea have low stomach acid.
Applying these simple tips before and during meals can do wonders in correcting your digestion. Restoring HCL levels is a crucial step in addressing underlying causes in everything from digestive symptoms to acne. Bloating, gas, acid reflux, heartburn, burping, and even acne can all be signs that you have low stomach acid. Food sensitivities – Certain foods can cause the release of chemicals that dilate blood vessels and cause flushing.