Did you know that most of us have low stomach acid?
Low stomach acid leads to a lot of problems such as bloating, gas and constipation.
Here is a easy and chap test you can do, “sodium bicarbonate test”
Do this test first thing in the morning when you have an empty
1. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in an 8-ounce glass
2. Drink it, measure how
much time passes before you burp. If you haven’t burped in five
minutes, you can stop timing.
3. If you have normal level of
stomach acid you will burp within one-two minutes. If you haven’t burped after five minutes then you are low in stomach acid.
1. Low stomach acid cannot properly break down proteins into amino acids.
2. Low stomach acid fosters imbalanced gut flora.
3. Low stomach acid leads to nutrient malabsorption.
4.Low stomach acid leads to heartburn/GERD/reflux.
5. Low stomach acid often means constipation, bloating, gas and belching.
6. Low stomach acid may cause a leaky gut and therefore create food allergies.
What to do about it?
Hydrochloric Acid with Pepsin supplements are used in treating low stomach acid.
Do NOT use HCL supplements while using medication such as corticosteroids or anti-inflammatory meds like Advil, Tylenol or other NSAIDS.
These medicines can damage the gastrointestinal lining and increase the chance of a stomach ulcer if HCL is introduced.
Do NOT use HCL if you have stomach ulcers.
This is how you find your HCL dosage, try the “loading” process.
Only take HCL with a meal containing protein (you will not need HCL if you are eating an apple for a snack, for example).
Take one HCL supplement after a meal. If you don’t have a warming* sensation in your stomach, repeat the process with the next meal, take then 2 HCL pills. Again, if there is no warming sensation, take 3 pills with the next meal.
Repeat until you feel a warming sensation.
(Don’t take more than 6 pills per meal.)
When you get that warming sensation you will now decrease with one pill per meal. If it was 6 pills you now take 5 pills.
When 5 pills gives you the same sensation as 6 pills did you now take 4 pills. This can take several weeks before you fell that sedation and with that decrease one pill.
This is a sign that the stomach has been re-trained to produce adequate concentrations of hydrochloric acid without the further need for supplementation.
Continue until you don’t need any supplements.
*Things to look for: heaviness, hotness, burning, or other GI distress.