Gastric Balance: Heartburn Not Always Caused by Excess Acid

Protein takes longer to digest and mixing fruit will ferment onto of meat. Eat smaller meals and chew your food, sit at the table, don’t stress because this suppresses your acid. Hope this helps. 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.

What are the Symptoms of a Low Stomach Acid Level?

Stomach acid, also known as hydrochloric acid (HCl), is made in the stomach and used to break down our food. This acid is so strong that if we poured it onto our skin, we would get burned. Stomach acid isn’t only used to break down food, it also breaks down the proteins that we eat, aids in mineral absorption, activates intrinsic factor that is needed to absorb B12, and much more.

A lot of the cause and effects of this condition matched what I was going through. So I went to a store and bought some Solaray HCL with pepsin. One pill has 650MG HCL with 129MG pepsin I believe.

Hydrochloric acid is secreted by your gastric system so you can break down food and prevent bacterial issues in the digestive tract. When you have a lower amount than you need, it’s called hypochlorhydria, a condition that tends to be more pronounced as you get older. Then, I saw a nutritional therapist, who suggested my problem might be the opposite of what I’d suspected. I was diagnosed with low stomach acid – a condition that’s surprisingly common, especially as you age – which meant the antacids were making it worse, and my low energy was being caused by poor nutrient absorption.

The dr. took biopsies from the duodenum and I have low disaccharide levels and lactose level is 0, but no celiac disease. So I have just started the SCD diet and hope to see some improvements with my intestinal-track symptoms. My biggest complaint is my stomach and how careful I have eat. I live on eggs, chicken broth, and avacados.

Not only are we dealing with those uncomfortable consequences, but food can pass through our system undigested which causes more dysfunction, like intestinal permeability. When we have a proper amount of stomach acid, it not only helps break down protein to the point where our bodies can use it, it also destroys food-borne viruses, pathogenic bacteria and parasites. With low acid, one of the body’s first lines of defense against harmful microorganisms becomes compromised. Last but certainly not least, insufficient stomach acid means we’re not absorbing what we eat. Crucial vitamins and minerals are going right through us since stomach acid and other gastric juices are necessary to break down the food to the point where our body can utilize those nutrients.

Hi Mary, thank you for reaching out! It is always a good idea to consult with your practitioner about any symptoms you have.

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  • To try it out, mix ¼ tsp of baking soda in four ounces of cold water, and drink the blend first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything else.
  • If you experience persistent stomach acid symptoms, consult a physician.
  • I have schlerderma which is a auto immune disease which as right now I only deal with the crest part of the raynaud’s in my hands and these crazy stomach issues of gas, acid reflux, pain in left rib cage either front or back, roasea, sometimes fatigue.
  • I have been on it for three days with no improvement.
  • Her first nutrition consultation was 2 months later in October 2015.
  • I am on a desperate search for answers as my skin & gut condition are terrible!

I tried Betaine hcl and had no problems until the next morning when my stomach was terribly acidic, more than usual. I tried just a had the next day and had the same problem.

You may have heard that increasing stomach acid levels will help your IBS. You become protein malnourished.

My symptoms are bloating at times, and lots of gas at night and in particular first thing in the morning. The bloating is better if I take enough HCL. I do have leaky gut, gluten intolerance, and don’t eat much dairy at all as it seems to cause inflammation.

Low acid levels might contribute to obesity due to creating low nutrient status which will drive disease but that’s the only connection I can draw at this time. Am trying a 200 mg of potassium now and thinking that is helping with the being tired part. But I really think that I just haven’t been absorbing the nutrients. In the past I tried betaine HCL and got up to 7 capsules at a meal with no discomfort but didn’t understand as much at that time about nutrition.

This anxiety is undoubtedly making things worse. I feel that I have indigestion issues and this got much worse after I took Pepcid for a week. Doctor mentioned doing a gastric emptying study to see if I have gastroparesis, but I have a very large deductible and that is expensive. I wonder if HCL tablets would help, but I am worried that it would make my inflamed esophagus worse in case I don’t have low stomach acid. I don’t know what to do anymore.

Any burping after three minutes may indicate a low acid level. To make the process easy, we created a little printable timing sheet for you, which you can download below. The baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) create a chemical reaction in your stomach. The result of this reaction is carbon dioxide gas, which causes burping.

For a 650mg pill, that can mean taking anywhere from 6-7 pills. However, that’s an average, meaning many people take more and many people take less. We recommend people start by taking the smallest dose and work up with each meal until they feel the “warm” sensation in their stomach or notice symptom improvement.

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