Are you suffering from acid reflux or heartburn?
Do you have acid reflux symptoms or heartburn? Or perhaps you have other digestive issues, like gas immediately after eating. Are you being treated for SIBO, low levels of friendly gut flora, or even nutritional deficiencies?
It is often thought that the cause of acid reflux is the secretion of too much stomach acid. Prescriptions for antacids and PPI’s are common as a counter to high stomach acid levels. But actually, many of these types of acid-related issues are actually caused by low stomach acid levels. This condition is also called hypochlorhydria.
The nutrients that we need for optimal bodily functioning are present in our food. Food is partly broken down by chewing and by the secretion of enzymes in saliva, in the mouth. From there food travels into the oesophagus and on to the stomach. In the stomach, hydrochloric acid (HCl) helps to extract nutrients as it moves lower down the gastrointestinal tract.
Treatment of low stomach acid
The good news is:
Following these will not only help to improve your stomach acid but they’re good for your whole digestive function.
1. HCl Supplements
3. Apple cider vinegar
Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before you eat together with a very small amount of water. Apple cider vinegar is a great natural remedy as it has a very low pH in balance with your stomach.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help to combat inflammation caused by increased stomach acid levels. It may also help by stimulating essential digestive enzyme secretion. These enzymes assist digestive transit.
Eating fermented vegetables can naturally improve your stomach acid levels. Add kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickled vegetables to your diet.
If fermented foods work for you, you can also benefit from the kombucha drinks, or drink water with a splash of raw apple cider vinegar. Both are detoxifying.
Best of all:
Manuka honey comes from New Zealand, and has antimicrobial properties.
You can increase your zinc intake by making dietary changes or taking zinc supplements. We can provide detailed help on dietary changes to increase zinc intake.
5. Eating habits
- Avoid drinking liquid (especially water) while eating. You can drink as much as you want between meals but remember to sip not gulp down water.
- Slow down the way that you eat. Aim to take 20 minutes to have a 2-course meal.
- Do not lie down after eating