A doctor or a dietician can help. They may recommend taking supplements or increasing dietary intake of these nutrients, especially once a person regains a regular level of stomach acid. Avoid foods that are difficult to digest, such as those that are fatty and fried.
In nearly all these folks, symptoms have been relieved and digestion improved when they’ve taken supplemental hydrochloric acid and pepsin capsules. In Wright’s 25 years of conducting these tests, he found very few people with excess stomach acid. Excess stomach acid is only found in a few rare conditions like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome), and GERD is hardly ever associated with too much stomach acid. When we carefully test people over age forty who’re having heartburn, indigestion and gas, over 90 percent of the time we find inadequate acid production by the stomach.
Our stomachs are designed to work with adequate acid and proper digestion of food and absorption of vital nutrients cannot occur when the acid is “shut-off” with prescription antacids. The use of prescription antacids that reduce the stomach acid can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency which can in turn cause pernicious anemia. Medical treatment for GERD is broken down according to severity of symptoms.
Despite there being multiple ‘health’ websites stating that bad diet and lifestyle will reduce stomach acid levels, there is no credible evidence to support this. As you age, your stomach acid tends to decrease anyway. Add a poor diet of processed foods and you may find that you have both digestive and immune problems.
Low stomach acid will decrease the digestion of foods causing them to ferment and bloat the stomach. This added pressure will force stomach contents past the partially open LES and into the esophagus. Low stomach acid (Hypochlorhydria), is a commonly overlooked problem that is linked to diseases such as gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD), inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), Celiac Disease, leaky gut, stomach cancer, asthma, dementia, and rheumatoid arthritis. More than 90% of people have inadequate levels of stomach acid. Considered to be the gold standard for stomach acid testing, the Heidelberg stomach acid test provides precise results about the status of your stomach acid.
It has also been recognized as an alternative treatment for acid reflux and other gastrointestinal disorders. However, more research is needed to confirm its effects on improving stomach acid. Treating low stomach acid depends on the underlying cause.
Had a protein, and the HLC, and this afternoon I have felt wonderful. No burning of the throat, GERD, etc. I am also sipping on ac vinegar.
Hi Chet, if you’ve been on Prilosec you have very low stomach acid. Those were only approved by the FDA to be taken for 8 weeks or so.
At any rate, it’s pretty confusing not to have clear-cut answers on at least whether I have low or high stomach acid. I’m an older female so it’s likely low but why then would my throat care, if it’s not acidic? I just don’t get it. I suffer from heartburn, food sensitivities, bloating etc. after certain meals, and sometimes not until the next day. I am having a bout this past month so I’m back on ppi’s so i can function but want to get off.
She also has had a significant reduction in her abdominal distention. Problem now is, she’s passing really small stools, and they’re more difficult to pass. Wondering if low stomach acid could be the root of all these issues.