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Low Stomach Acid?

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came across an article on the internet about low stomach acid. ( soz cant share coz im rubbish with computers) the title if anyones interested is- the uk cenrre for living foods-the acid test by philip weeks


it basically says if your acid is low it can cause symptoms like acne rosacea, eczema,food sensitivities,bloating,excessive or lack of appetite,anaemia,weak nails, thinning hair.


the test to check is drinking water with 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in it first thing in the morning before eating. then check when you start burping.

1-2 mins - normal levels

2-3 -   low levels

3-5 - very low levels

5 mins or more - potentially no hcl


well i did it for 3 days and didnt burp at all!! just got a bit of indigestion about 2 hours later. 


so what do any of you think? is this a load of rubbish or what? it would explain a lot to me if its true - its something i could take to the docs and get them to test me for anyway.


would appreciate your views on this .ta! 


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It sounds like a reasonable test  to me Jhol.  I haven't tried it myself though.  I have been adding a little bit of lemon juice to my glass of water for the last week or so.  It seems to help my digestion.  Another natural remedy is called Blessed Thistle.  It is supposed to increase stomach acid also.


If you have H. Pylori (bacteria) which many people do, it can also cause low stomach acid.  A good treatment for it is DGL licorice and mastic gum.  They both help but DGL licorice seems better to me.


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copied this from another thread I posted in.  here's the link to the whole thread if you're interested


I think stomach acid is under appreciated  :) check out Why Stomach Acid is Good for You




"Hi tennisman,


when I went for my EGD, I was diagnosed with GERD and a hiatal hernia.  Still waiting on my biopsy results, but I had a positive DGP igG score.  I had kind of suspected I had some kind of acid reflux but had never been diagnosed with it.  thankfully, I am happy to report that in only about three weeks gluten free, it has improved substantially.  In another post someone suggested reading the book Why Stomach Acid is Good for You by Jonathan Wright.  I finished it last week, and it is an awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  


there was a table on why the author thinks depression occurs closer to the back of the book as follows:


Low stomach acid --> reduced absorption of essential amino acids--> neurotransmitter (serotonin, norepinephrine) deficiency--> depression


if you read it, the correct pH of your stomach acid is invaluable to how you assimilate nutrients.  if you are unable to absorb nutrients correctly, then it sets off a chain reaction.


Before my EGD, my GI doctor offered a prescription of Prilosec since I had thought I had some sort of acid reflux.  He said sometimes that can help get rid of symptoms.  I am of the mind set, I don't want to mask symptoms, I want to get to the root of the problem and get rid of it.  Gluten-free has gotten me off to a good start minus any harsh medications that limit my stomach acid, and after reading the book, the only way I will ever agree to take those meds would be a Heidelberg capsule test to really test how much stomach acid I am producing.  Most people with GERD under produce stomach acid rather than overproduce it, so why would I want to make even less??  Yes, I am assuming I under produce it   :)


maybe a simple HCL with pepsin tablet is your answer?  I bought Bluebonnet brand off of Amazon."


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