Continue to work with a practitioner who you can trust and that will help oversee your health decisions. Hi Susan, while we do suggest testing your HCL levels, we also suggest starting with diet first. The SCD diet has helped many people in your same shoes regain their health. 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.
I believe everything that is said on this website as well. Chronic low stomach acid seems to be the culprit of a lot of autoimmune diseases. She tested positive for SIBO about 6 months ago, she’s had an endoscopy to rule out celiac and other abnormalities (all came back normal). I just started restricting the HIGH FODMAP foods 3 days ago, and her stool now sank for the first time in a LONG time. She also has had a significant reduction in her abdominal distention.
We are deficient in stomach acid, and it is a VITAL part of our overall health and well-being. This sounds SO much like me. I never thought the issue could be low stomach acid, but I’m doing more research now and it seems like that could be the case. My doctors put me on Prevacid a while back and it made my issues 100x worse.
That can lead to fatigue, as well as vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Another clue you’re dealing with the issue?
Hypochlorhydria or Low stomach acid is the primary cause of acid reflux disease and GERD. If you have acid reflux disease and GERD you most likely have insufficient stomach acid.
I was able to start eating soft foods again after drinking cabbage juice every day for a little while and then I stopped since I was no longer in pain. Hope this helps someone. All the best. I’m not denying that the symptoms of heartburn and GERD are caused by stomach acid refluxing into the esophagus. Nor am I arguing that reducing or eliminating stomach acid with drugs doesn’t relieve those symptoms.
It wasn’t until the year 6 of being a vegetarian (almost vegan) that I began experiencing serious red flags. For six years I have lived a vegetarian lifestyle, three months ago I made the decision to eat chicken again due to vitamin deficiencies, decreased gut health, and some very high medical bills.
There are, in fact, relatively simple ways to reduce excess stomach acid or prevent it altogether. Excessive stomach acid can be uncomfortable to live with, and while in many cases it is a minor nuisance, it can lead to serious health problems when not treated. Just wanted to mention something to those of you that are in pain from gastritis or similar issues. I was in a terrible shape years ago and couldn’t even eat anymore, ended up in the er. All the meds make it worse so I read about fresh raw cabbage juice and I think it pretty much saved my life.
I have taken Nexium foe 3 years now I am on omerprazole(insurance will pay for). I went to the emergency room a couple weeks ago because felt like a campfire was it my stomach, it burned for 5 hours finally gave in and went. The only thing I could do was have morphine shots ended up with 3 of those. I have the gas attacks which feels like heart attack but this was the first time foe burning. Today had upper G I, he said everything was great all things were running smooth and no problems.
That’s why I want to urge you to test for low stomach acid. It is cheap and easy to get a good indication if you need to invest further into this potential health problem. I’ve talked about GERD / heartburn before but I want to give you a quick summary. A leading theory of GERD goes like this.
I’m having better BM’s which truly is one of life’s simple pleasures after two years of undiagnosed problems and noticing that a rash on the back of my hand that wouldn’t go away with any of the creams that were prescribed by my physician has healed. I have also noticed that my BP has gone down as well, whether or not it is related to the changes I have made, I couldn’t say. My biggest complaint was the poor quality of my bowel movements.
So far every patient I’ve had with heartburn or GERD has responded well to hydrochloric acid supplementation. We’d expect just the opposite to be true if these conditions were caused by too much stomach acid. If heartburn were caused by too much stomach acid, we’d have a bunch of teenagers popping Rolaids instead of elderly folks.
However, after I told him my symptoms and what I have done, he said the test is unnecessary since I have already proven that it is low stomach acid. He gave me enzymes and said to keep taking the HCL, which I have been doing after every meal as required. I think the low stomach acid hypothesis may be explained by a hernia disrupting normal digestion in the stomach…large meals or distended stomachs may be too dilute to cope with that amount of food. I wonder if it’s possible as we produce more acid, because we are so full, we burp and get heartburn because the digestive juices are all bubbling so close to the esophegus.