Suffering from acid reflux or heartburn?
Then, it must be that time for a low stomach acid treatment
A fact about our stomachs: acid reflux, heartburn, bacterial gastric ulcer infections, and these other conditions all relate to the secretion of stomach acid.
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. However, many of these types of acid-related issues are caused by low stomach acid levels, which is a condition also known as hypochlorhydria.
So, here is the thing: if you have acid reflux, heartburn, or even one of many common skin issues, then these are all warning signs that you have low stomach acid.
All the nutrients one needs for optimal bodily functioning are present in our food. Food is partly broken down by chewing and by the secretion of enzymes in your saliva. The food will then travel through to 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
HCL supplements are available without prescription from a wide variety of online and high street stores.
A healthy zinc intake for an adult male is around 11mg per day. For an adult woman, this figure is 8mg. People who do not get enough zinc in their diets and those with poor zinc absorption may have low stomach acid levels. Addressing a zinc deficiency could help to increase stomach acidity.
One can increase their zinc intake by making dietary changes or taking zinc supplements. We can provide detailed help on dietary changes to increase your zinc intake.
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.
Ginger possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger helps to reduce stomach inflammation due to low stomach acid. It may also stimulate the production and secretion of essential digestive enzymes. These enzymes increase movement through the intestines.
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.
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
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