What is low stomach acid and how to fix it?
- Do you often feel bloated after eating or struggle with heart burn? These are just two symptoms of low stomach acid. Contrary to popular belief, having too much stomach acid isn’t the most common cause of indigestion, it’s actually just the opposite.
Low stomach acid, also referred to as hypochlorhydria, affects half the world’s population. This isn’t too surprising when you come to realise just how many things can cause it. For example, being under chronic stress and eating a poor diet can easily lower the amount of acid produced by your stomach. Just those two causes alone are things that affect so many of us because modern living is anxiety-inducing and many of us are guilty of making poor dietary choices on the run.
Speaking of which, eating too quickly is another cause of low stomach acid. So is eating too much sugar and not getting enough zinc that is essential to the creation of healthy stomach acid. Other causes include age (those over 60 have a higher risk), taking too much antacid medication and suffering from the an extremely common bacterial infection called Helicobacter pylori.
Know the signs
If you’ve been experiencing digestive symptoms and find that reaching for an antacid isn’t helping, consider the possibility that you’re suffering from low stomach acid. The symptoms are numerous and you don’t necessarily have to have all of them, but these are the most common:
- food sensitivities
- hair loss in women
- nausea, especially while taking supplements
- recurrent nutrient deficiencies such as iron and vitamin B12
- undigested food in the stool
- weak fingernails
If you find yourself reading this list and nodding your head, don’t be tempted to self-diagnose. Rather get to a doctor such as those you’ll find at Health Renewal who can run the appropriate tests to confirm the condition.
Back to health
To get your stomach acid production back on track, your doctor’s first move will be to find out what’s causing you to not have enough of it. For example, if your diet isn’t up to scratch, you might be referred to a nutritionist who can help you improve it. They might also prescribe medication as well as nutraceuticals like a zinc supplement.
There are also several ways you can increase your stomach acid and they’re all pretty simple. For starters, you could drink a glass of warm lemon water when you get up in the morning or knock back a capful of apple cider vinegar. Better yet, you could take a supplement such as Solgar Betaine Hydrochloride with Pepsin. The betaine hydrochloride will support your stomach acid levels while the pepsin can help you digest protein, something those suffering from low stomach acid tend to struggle with.
In short, don’t struggle with gastric symptoms when an easy resolve could be at hand. Make an appointment to chat with a doctor today to get to the bottom of what’s causing your tummy trouble and you could be back on the path to wellness in no time at all.