If heartburn were caused by too much stomach acid, we’d have a bunch of teenagers popping Rolaids instead of elderly folks. But of course that’s the opposite of what we see. If you ask the average Joe on the street what causes heartburn, he’ll tell you “too much stomach acid.” That’s what most of the ads seem to suggest too. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures like the one at the top of this post in ads for acid suppressing drugs on TV and in magazines.
Five Tests to Determine Whether You Have Low Stomach Acid
But first, you will need to determine whether your stomach acid levels are low in the first place. Unfortunately, few people with low stomach acid are correctly diagnosed because the symptoms are so similar to many other health conditions. Functional medicine doctors are an exception, as we strive to look at the big picture of your symptoms to determine what their root cause is. Ive Been having a lot of health issues for a year I feel full with no food or very little.
Maybe it would be helpful to read up on magnesium and perhaps zinc also. If you aren’t absorbing the nutrients from your food due to low stomach acid then a mineral deficiency could account for some of your symptoms. @Debbie – Yes, hair falling out could be the result of years upon years of low acid levels resulting in low nutrient status of the body. I’d suggest you check out Dr. Johnathon Wright’s Stomach Acid book.
I’ll never know if I had low acid when I went into to my Doctor, but either way, I got worse on acid blockers and needed another solution. After reading this article and a week of apple cider vinegar and digestive enzymes, I have gone from a
Second, another very important stomach enzyme called pepsin remains inactive so your protein still isn’t digested. Third, B12 that is tagging along with your protein can’t be separated from its carrier and therefore cannot be linked to intrinsic factor and absorbed in the small intestine.
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Way better than before. Highly recommend you look into the food you eat. At this point I have really lost hope on DR’s and going through the internet to see what could be the problem. Could it be low stomach acid may be causing the above issues?.
Last week I started the Betaime HCL test and started at 2 pills went up to 4 pills and experiencing constant symptoms burning etc. So, I had stopped it and now taking Beta Carotene to hopefully give the mucosal lining a bit of vit A. I was going to do this for a week and then give Betaime another try. Hi Guys! I have your book and your protocols, I bought and read through your package.
- I have not lost much weight from it, in fact this is the heaviest I’ve been.
- Still made a green smoothie (spinach, banana, flaxseed, a bit of almonds, ginger, turmeric).
- Your stomach acid may have taken up to four hours to break it down.
- I did it first thing in the morning nothing to eat or drink.
Glad I found this page – I feel like my symptoms fit very well with the smptoms of low stomach acid. First of all I’d like to say thank you. I appreciate the work you do and the information you provide. I started having digestive issues shortly after age 25 and I’m now 31.
Because the time frames can vary from person-to-person, as well as how they drink the solution, this test is only a good indicator that you might want to do more testing to determine your stomach acid. Most people have difficulty digesting food not because of too much stomach acid, as we’ve been led to believe, but due to decreased stomach acid.
Slow down digestion, especially protein – as explained above, stomach acid is key in breaking down the food and extracting nutrients from it. No acid, no extraction and processing. Undigested proteins can lead to developing food intolerances and not having enough building blocks for your hormones (which are also made from proteins). Sufficient stomach acid is part of a healthy digestive system which we now know is vital in keeping your hormones in check – I wrote about it here. Take the Heidelberg test at your physician’s office.
I have a couple nights of regurgitation of food even hours after my meal. I can’t eat a lot in one sitting, and end up being hungry in an hour or so. And its a constant cycle of eating multiple times, taking enzymes with my meals, and feeling full all the time in my stomach, but constantly hungry.
What to Expect From the PH Test for Acid Reflux
I have completed the indepth food allergy test – no allergies. I have done hormone testing twice, levels of E in range, Pg slightly low and I supplement with bioidentical progesterone, Vitamin D levels in the optimal range. I have had a colonoscopy and endoscopy- no Celiacs, Chrohns, etc. and gallbladder is fine. I had Hpylori 6 years ago, I was tested again this year and it was negative.