While these drugs can treat low stomach acid symptoms, they do not address the root cause of gut health issues. In fact, drugs such as Nexium, Pepcid, Prevacid, Prilosec, Zantac and others, can actually cause more damage than good over a period of extended use. Various factors can cause insufficient stomach acid. Stress, bacterial infection, poor diet, and nutritional deficiencies can hinder the stomach’s production of hydrochloric acid (HCl), or stomach acid.
The dr. took biopsies from the duodenum and I have low disaccharide levels and lactose level is 0, but no celiac disease. So I have just started the SCD diet and hope to see some improvements with my intestinal-track symptoms. My biggest complaint is my stomach and how careful I have eat. I live on eggs, chicken broth, and avacados.
Your blog mentions to be aware of burning in the ‘stomach’ as a signal that either one does not need to supplement with hcl or that one has ‘hit their limit’ and needs to taper back one pill with the next meal, but you don’t mention about burning in the throat/esophagus. Fast forward to today, my GERD is unbearable and my UC is back (mucus). My problem is this…I know I need to go back to a 100% protein diet for a few weeks to clear up this mucus and then slowly add in the few veggies I could tolerate, BUT protein gives me horrible acid reflux.
I have had 4 gastroscopies since the first one and the Barretts has not enlarged but it has not healed either. The consultant told me off for not taking the PPIs and when I said I didn’t think I had too much acid he said that there is something called ‘Silent Reflux’ which is what I no doubt had. I went back to my doctor to get the PPIs but I still haven’t taken them. I am scared to take them in case I do have low stomach acid and it makes the situation worse, and scared not to take them in case I develop the cancer. I still have the ‘lump’ feeling in my throat and am still constantly clearing my throat.
If you do, and they set well on your stomach, then you may have too little HCL. If you do not like acid foods, then you may have too much HCL.
Over time add the remaining steps always monitoring how you feel. What I failed to realize is that many of the symptoms of low stomach acid and excess stomach acid are the same. Having reduced stomach acid levels is a symptom of some common and some not so common conditions. If your symptoms and history suggest that you may have a low stomach acid level, they will then perform a test with a capsule (5). H.pylori is a type of bacteria which can survive normal stomach acid levels.
- I have been suffering with Acid Reflux for around 10 years, I am now 34 years old and to be honest got a little fed up with doctors not really helping me to fix the cause, I have been on various doses of Lansoprazole over the 10 years – and ended up having an endoscopy earlier this year, after reading many different stories on the internet I am starting to think that I have low stomach acid.
- I am going to try to reduce the 20mg dose further for a couple of weeks before trying the HCL with pepsin.
- Could low acid be my issue?
- Hi Carmel, The mucus from your ears and nose does run into your stomach and if you have low stomach acid, your stomach cannot digest the mucus and it makes your stomach feel really sick.
- No burning in the stomach or esophagus and no heartburn!!
Believe it or not, it’s actually not too hard to heal conditions relating to reduced stomach acid, but it does require a little determination and work. Personal experience shows that this systematic guide is a great path to better GI health. Going against everything we’ve been taught over the years, reduced acid production in the stomach is behind a slew of gut health issues that contribute to or directly cause acid reflux. In the end, the acids in our stomach break down proteins into the crucial nutrients and amino acids.
It’s a decision you’ll have to make on your own after doing more research. It might take some more time healing the stomach lining before you can tolerate HCL, but it sounds like you’re a great candidate. For the same person above if they take 5 pills they are likely to keep experiencing acid reflux pains but not deep abdomen (stomach location) pains. As far as I understand it, the lack of gallbladder would be dumping bile salts, which aren’t the same as stomach acid, they are very different. If you’re wondering about it get a Heidleberg test done and you’ll know for sure.
I’ve seen a gastro on a few occasions and all they did was a camera down the throat and a sample taken. I have had gastritis on a few occasions. Can you get gastritis on low stomach acid?
I am not sure about the iodine being important and that is an interesting angle that I’d like to look into, however I do know that the body needs zinc and B1 to make HCL. So, deficiencies should be addressed. Is it low in the diet, or is it not being absorbe? Also, H pylori infection can commonly damage the stomachs parietal cells that make your HCL, as well as inflame the jejunum, the upper part of your small intestine, where the majority of your Zinc and B1 is absorbed. So if you have gastritis and/ or other SBIO symptoms, get tested for HPylori and make sure your zinc and B1 are not low.