Digestive Problems, Could It Be Low Stomach Acid?
It seems that every where we turn there’s someone we know has a digestive problem. While there could be a variety of issues that cause digestive problems, but one thing’s for sure, people are suffering. The trouble is that we all turn to antacids or laxatives to “fix” it, but is that really the answer. NO! The answer lies in finding the actual problem and some are suggesting that many are suffering needlessly because of low stomach acid.
Unfortunately, in a time when we’re all just a number at the doctor’s office, we must do lots of investigating ourselves. Thankfully, we also live in a time when we have all the information right at our fingertips–online. While you may not get the answer, you could actually find clues to get a better understanding of your woes. And remember, you’re not alone. Millions of others are also suffering, so you could find useful and, useless information, that could eventually lead you down the path to uncovering solutions.
Low stomach acid can cause diarrhea or constipation, as well as heartburn and other discomforts and pain. The sad thing is that most people believe they have too much acid, when, in truth, it’s the complete opposite. Having said that, it is crucial to figure this out in order to feel better and have your body work properly. I have said this time and again: the digestive system is like the sewer system of a city, and if it is clogged or troubled somehow, serious issues and diseases will develop. Toxins must be released in order for every part of you to work as it should, from the brain, right down to feeling great.
There are common symptoms related to low stomach acid which could include: bloating, belching, constipation, indigestion, heartburn, food allergies, iron deficiency, chronic yeast infections, weak/brittle nails, hair loss, adult acne, and much more.
To figure out if you have low stomach acid, you can undergo a costly examination that is unlikely to be covered by your insurance, known as the Heidelberg test. The good news is that there is scientific evidence that shows it works, but you may want to start with a simple test you can do at home, for under $5.
At-Home Low Acid Stomach Tests
1.Testing With Baking Soda
This test is not foolproof, and should be done at least three times before coming to the conclusion that you should investigate further, or at least speak to your doctor about it. This at home low acid stomach test is conducted with two simple ingredients–water and baking soda. Moreover, this test is safe and can’t harm you.
In 4 ounces of cold water, mix in 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, first thing in the morning and on an empty stomach. As soon as you drink it, turn on your timer and time how long it takes to burp.
How to Analyze Your Low Stomach Acid Test
If you burp within 2-3 minutes, then you’re fine, meaning there is an adequate amount of acid in your stomach. If it takes more than 3 minutes to burp, then it means you have a low stomach acid level.
***However, very early and repeated burps are possibly an indication to excessive levels of stomach acid.
2. Testing With Betaine HCL For Low Stomach Acid
By far, in comparison to the other at-home test using baking soda, testing with Betaine HCL will be more reliable. In my opinion, start with the first test, and then follow with this one. This test will cost you about $20 or so.
***However, Betaine HCL in combination with NASIDs and Corticosteroids increase the risk of developing ulcers in the stomach, so talk about it with your doctor beforehand.
a. Begin with buying Betaine HCL that contains Pepsin
b. Eat half of a high protein meal consisting of a minimum of 6 ounces of meat
c. At the halfway mark of your meal, take one (1) Betaine HCL supplement
d. Finish eating your meal.
Analyzing the Test
Normal Stomach Acid Levels
If you begin to experience a feeling of heaviness or burning in the stomach, then you do NOT have low stomach acid levels. To relieve the discomfort quicker, just drink a solution of water and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
Abnormal or Low Stomach Acid Levels
Low stomach acid levels are indicative if you feel nothing after eating your meal.
Again, it is recommended to do this test more than once on another day, which will confirm your suspicions one way or the other. If you do have two consecutive positive tests, then you could start to supplement with Betaine HCL to help increase stomach acid levels. Another way to supplement is with apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Within days, you should start to see an improvement in your digestion.