How Stomach Acid Affects Gas, Bloating, Bacteria, and Nutrition

Chronic hypochlorhydria may reduce bone density. A low level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach cavity can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria, including Helicobacter pylori.

I just don’t get it. I have diabetes and was concerned that I might be experiencing symptoms of low stomach acid. I’ve experienced some of the aforementioned issues.

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It’s now known that stomach ulcers are usually caused by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori. They may also be caused by long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which reduce the amount of protective mucus made in the stomach. Aspirin is an NSAID. Although stomach acid doesn’t cause an ulcer, it may make it more painful.

It drives me nuts. I though, like everyone else, that it was related to too much acid. As a result, I’ve taken about every acid blocker out there.

How does the stomach work?

  • Or perhaps, if you have had long-standing digestive problems, your journey to health may take a bit longer.
  • They gave me fluids, nausea medicine, And a drug called pantoprazole, in an iv, and script for the pills to take every day at home to reduce stomach acid.
  • I too am suffering from autoimmune disease, SLE and Hashimoto’s.
  • If stomach acid levels are low, it may cause imbalances in GI bacteria, nutritional deficiencies, and general digestive discomfort.

There are a number of contributing factors for low stomach acid. Stress and a poor diet are two of the more common reasons that can directly affect your digestive process.

Dealing with digestive problems shouldn’t become the norm for your body, which is why I recommend seeking expert treatment if you suspect you have issues with low stomach acid. At The Dempster Clinic- Center for Functional Medicine, I can work with you to determine what’s causing your symptoms and help you get back on track to better health.

So what’s going on here? I think it’s a two-part problem.

was on antibiotics for about 8 years for various infections that I kept on getting which I suspect ruined my gut flora etc. I think my stomach ferments everything and enzymes used to work for me, as did probiotics but now even those do not seem to help much. Probiotics even the SCD friendly 3 million, give me terrible headaches. 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.

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