Over the past 6 years I have gained 80 lbs, 40 lbs of which was in the past year. My doctor ran tests on my thyroid and couldn’t find anything wrong. Aside from me quitting smoking 2 years ago it really doesn’t make any sense to have gained that much weight. Also I have digestive problems- gas pains, gas in general, constipation, diarrhea is even more common, what I call burp up’s because you can taste the food you ate and a little bit seems to come up, most recently nausea when I wake up (I am not pregnant I have been tested), I get full after eating very little.
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That being another reason I’m not sure if I do. Not necessarily. More often than not, when someone comes to me with symptoms like heartburn, reflux, indigestion, or GERD, they actually don’t have enough stomach acid. As a result, food will get into the stomach but won’t be fully broken down. This causes fermentation and gas production that feels like too much acid but is actually due to not having enough.
What is a reasonable approach to the management of GERD (acid reflux)?
Eat smaller meals, but more often. A full stomach puts pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a valve-like muscle that keeps stomach acid from backing up into the esophagus.
I have been doing research, tried so many supplements, but it is not working. I am on the edge here. I have never tried Betaine HCL, so I have just ordered some to see what happens. If this doesn’t help I have no idea what to do anymore. But this condition is nothing something one can just deal with.
Diagram depicting the major determinants of gastric acid secretion, with inclusion of drug targets for peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The highly acidic environment in the stomach lumen causes proteins from food to lose their characteristic folded structure (or denature). This exposes the protein’s peptide bonds. The gastric chief cells of the stomach secrete enzymes for protein breakdown (inactive pepsinogen, and in infancy rennin). Hydrochloric acid activates pepsinogen into the enzyme pepsin, which then helps digestion by breaking the bonds linking amino acids, a process known as proteolysis.
- If you have do not have low stomach acid meaning you have good acid or high acid levels (not likely) when you supplement with Betaine HCL you should get a deep like middle of abdomen area hotness, burning or heaviness.
- I’ve been given antibiotics and steroids to knock it out but it always returns.
- Thanks arletta I am quite sure I am suffering from law stomach acid but whenever I take Apple cider ( one spoon in water) before meal I feel burning sensation in stomach and chest on second day and on third day it becomes pain in chest .
- I can’t even drink a protein shake because I get really bad pain in the middle of my stomach and then I can’t use the restroom.
- Since automimmune diseases cause antibodies to develop, it might be good for some of your readers to get tested for the presence of parietal cell antibodies.
The information here is a breath of fresh air as it isn’t just the “you have acid reflux, support big pharma” rhetoric. I have diabetes and was concerned that I might be experiencing symptoms of low stomach acid. I’ve experienced some of the aforementioned issues.
“All you need to do is drink a glass of cold milk the next time you suffer from acidity”, suggests Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat. Symptoms can be soothed through an adjustment of diet and lifestyle.
Also, it feels like there is always something in my throat. I also have loose stools, which I thought was from no grains/low fiber in the diet, but now I’m seeing that loose elimination may be due to low stomach acid. Just a quick question – could eating too much salt with meals be responsible for low stomach acid? I can’t seem to find an answer to this simple question anywhere. I had a horrible diet back in college which I’m sure contributed to this whole issue but I’m researching now to find out what steps the body uses to actually create stomach acid.
I’ll never know if I had low acid when I went into to my Doctor, but either way, I got worse on acid blockers and needed another solution. After reading this article and a week of apple cider vinegar and digestive enzymes, I have gone from a burp time of more than 6 min to less than 4. I am so happy to be on the road to healing.
Have been on Pariet and somac for about 18 years. GP diagnosed IBS and prescribed Nexium. I am on a Vets fitness program and have lost 18 kg weight since February 2017. do 3 days per week a minimum of 2 hours per day plus waking on other days. HI Gary, it’s likely that low stomach acid is playign a role to some degree – whether indirect or direct.