Consider low stomach acid as part of the underlying problem with these 33 ways to tell if you have low stomach acid.
In fact, my own SIBO always returned due to low stomach acid.
Problems don’t go away with drugs and medication unless we fix the underlying problem. And this is why I am such a huge believer in functional and preventative medicine.
If you want more context on the below, I have recorded a podcast episode all about this topic that you can listen to now.
Episode 91: Show notes
Episode 91 on the ‘A Gutsy Girl’ podcast: Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid. What is low stomach, what are its impacts on your health, and how do you know if you have it?
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In this Episode we cover:
- What is stomach acid?
- Why is stomach acid important?
- Symptoms of LOW, not high, stomach acid
- How to test for stomach acid levels?
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What is Low Stomach Acid?
Low stomach acid, also called hypochlorhydria, is when the body doesn’t produce enough in order to break down proteins into essential amino acids and nutrients the body needs. (By the way, there is also something known as achlorhydria, which is even lower stomach acid than hypochlorhydria.)
While studying at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I learned that HCL converts or activates pepsinogen to pepsin which digests proteins. HCL naturally decreases as we age. I know, such a bummer.
Despite the fact that the drug industry tells us stomach acid is a bad thing, it is not. Well, at least not always. In fact, stomach acid is needed in order to break food down.
So oftentimes people will go to their doctors, tell them they are experiencing acid reflux and they will be given an antacid and sent along their way (or worse, a PPI – proton pump inhibitor). Neither of those things are inherently bad in and of themselves, but they are if you don’t actually have too much stomach acid.
The antacid and PPI, of course, only reduce stomach acid even more, masking a problem and causing a harsh ripple effect.
So how do you know if you have low stomach acid?
It’s not always easy to know, but it can also be fairly obvious.
33 Ways to Tell if You Have Low Stomach Acid
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- Acid Reflux
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Low white blood cell count
- Your body has a hard time digesting meat
- Excessive burping
- Heartburn and GERD
- Nausea after eating
- Undigested food in stools
- Chronic Fatigue
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Weight gain
- Autoimmune diseases, in general
- Reduced liver function
- Hair loss
- Iron deficiency
- Chronic intestinal infections
- Acne and eczema
- Brittle nails
- Malnutrition – because you aren’t absorbing essential nutrients
- B12 deficiency
- Gallstone risk
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Beyond just low stomach acid symptoms
Beyond symptoms, there are various ways to test for low stomach acid.
For me personally, I always use this test for low stomach acid. Work with your doctor or nutritionist, as there are others as well. Make note that the low stomach acid test I was able to use cannot be used for everyone.
If you’re interested in more on this topic, here are the next two parts:
- Part II: How to Test At Home for Low Stomach Acid HCL Challenge +
- Part III: 11 Ways to Naturally Improve Stomach Acid Production
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