Lack of Stomach Acid – Hypochlorhydria – Can Cause Lots of Problems

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Dr. Sarah Myhill, MD, is a UK-based ME/CFS/FM specialist focused on nutrition, preventive medicine, and patient education.

Hypochlorhydria arises when the stomach is unable to produce hydrochloric acid (stomach acid). It is a greatly overlooked cause of problems – to the extent that in the UK at least nobody is testing or looking for it. It is especially common in those with ME/CFS/FM, and is known to be associated with childhood asthma.

The stomach requires an acid environment for several reasons:

· First, acid is required for the digestion of protein.

· Second, acid is required for the stomach to empty correctly, and failure to do so results in gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

· Acid is required to sterilize the stomach and kill bacteria and yeast that may be ingested.

· And an acid environment is required for the absorption of certain micronutrients, in particular divalent and trivalent cat-ions such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, boron and so on.

As we age, our ability to produce stomach acid declines, but some people are simply not very good at producing stomach acid; sometimes because of pathology in the stomach (such as an allergic gastritis secondary to food intolerance), but sometimes for reasons unknown.

Possible Problems with Low Stomach Acid

There are many possible problems that could arise from hypochlorhydria:

Failure to digest foods properly. This will result in a general malabsorption of proteins. Indeed hypochlorhydria – as induced by antacids and H2 blockers and protein pump inhibitors – substantially increases one’s risk of osteoporosis because the body simply does not have the raw material to replace bone. Many degenerative conditions will be associated therefore with hypochlorhydria.

Failure to absorb trace elements. Trace elements are essential for normal body functioning, if these are not present then the biochemistry of the body will go slow, organs will go slow, and this will accelerate the ageing process. Therefore, one would expect to see people getting diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and neuro-degenerative conditions before their time.

Failure to sterilize the stomach contents. This will make individuals more susceptible to gut infections such as gastro-enteritis and possibly enteroviruses such as Epstein-Barr virus, Coxsackie virus, Echovirus, and so on.

Gastric acid is an essential part of normal defenses against disease. Gastric acid is also essential for getting rid of undesirable bacteria and yeast that appear in the diet. Particularly virulent strains, of course, may cause simple food poisoning. However, if there is an overgrowth of bacteria and yeast in the stomach, then foods will get fermented instead of being digested. This produces wind and gas resulting in bloating and alcohols which may or may not be useful to the body.

Increased risk of stomach cancer. Having the wrong bacteria and yeast in the stomach will irritate the lining of the stomach and increase one’s risk of stomach cancer.

Malabsorption of B12. It is well known that the stomach must be acid in order to absorb B12. Indeed, using a proton pump inhibitor such as omeprazole [a drug used to reduce stomach acid production – trade names LosecR and PrilosecR – often prescribed for patients with heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD)] will reduce absorption of vitamin B12 to less than 1% of expected. Many people already suffer from borderline B12 deficiency – this is a difficult vitamin for the body to assimilate, but essential for normal biochemistry.

Symptoms of Hypochlorhydria

When any of the above problems go wrong, it can result in symptoms of:

  • Accelerated ageing because of malabsorption.

  • Wind, gas and bloating as foods are fermented instead of being digested, i.e. irritable bowel syndrome.

  • A tendency to allergies. The reason for this is that if foods are poorly digested then large antigenically interesting molecules get into the lower gut, where if the immune system reacts against them, that can switch on allergy.

  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). [See also “Acid Stomach – or Not Enough Stomach Acid? The Symptoms are Similar, but For CFS and FMS Patients It’s Often the Latter.”]

  • Iron deficiency (anemia).

  • B12 deficiency.

  • A tendency to Candida dysbiosis or bacterial dysbiosis [imbalance in the natural flora of the gut].

Treatment of Hypochlorhydria

The treatment in the short term is to take acid supplements. Indeed, this may explain why cider vinegar is such a popular treatment for many problems – the vinegar acidifies the stomach and improves the digestion of food. Clearly, this has the potential to affect a wide range of conditions. The problem with cider vinegar is that it contains yeast and would therefore not be tolerated by many people.

A second possibility is to take high dose ascorbic acid (vitamin C) at mealtimes. Indeed, my standard recommendations for nutritional supplements suggest combining [minerals] with ascorbic acid to be taken at mealtimes…This…mildly acidifies the stomach and [promotes absorption].

The third approach is to take Betaine Hydrochloride (Betaine HCL), a naturally occurring substance derived from beets. This is available in capsules which need to be taken with food, and the dose adjusted according to the response. I suggest that people start off with one capsule initially and build up to maybe four or five capsules depending on the size of the meal and the response to treatment. Often in the longer term with the correct diet (low glycemic index, low allergy, smaller meals, get rid of Helicobacter pylori, correct gut flora) this cures the chronic gastritis, and the stomach is again able to produce acid normally….

[Ed Note: As with all health issues you should discuss stomach acidity, testing, and management with your professional healthcare team. But a simple preliminary test of stomach acidity is to drink a small amount of baking soda in water first thing in the morning. If you have not belched within a few minutes, you may not be producing enough stomach acid, since hydrochloric acid reacts with baking soda to produce carbon dioxide gas. See “Stomach Acid Assessment” by Dr. Joseph A. Debe.]

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* This material is reproduced with permission from Dr. Sarah Myhill’s patient-information website (http://www.Drmyhill.co.uk). It is featured, along with additional testing info pertaining to UK residents, on pp. 63 and 64 of her free 179-page online book – “Diagnosing and Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” R Sarah Myhill Limited, Registered in England and Wales: Reg. No. 4545198.

Note: This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not meant to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any illness, condition, or disease. It is essential that you make no decision about additions to or changes in your healthcare plan or health support regimen without first researching and discussing it in collaboration with your professional healthcare team.

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25 thoughts on “Lack of Stomach Acid – Hypochlorhydria – Can Cause Lots of Problems”

  1. sandy10m says:

    I never would have guessed I had hypochlorhydria, but a very smart nutritionist figured it out for me. When I had the acid reflux, we first tried solutions for HYPER-chlorhydria, but when that made things worse, she then suggested the Betaine HCL pills, which worked instantly to reduce my symptoms. The biggest hint was that I had a lot of acid reflux with a big protein meal, so I became vegetarian. Big mistake. Already I wasn’t getting enough vitamins and nutrients from the damaged intestines, so then I was starving it of essentialy proteins. Thank goodness we all figured things out, and now I’m on the caveman paleolithic diet with no need for HCL any longer. It was a long struggle, but this article is right on the money for problems that we suffer. Be well everyone!

    1. born2hurt says:

      I had been suffering for a long time with anemia and lack of energy. I had thought it was from being a “girl” and the “woman” thing. As I got older and it didn’t go away and then I had a gastric bypass and things got worse and worse I knew something was wrong. This article clicked. Even the doctors haven’t put 2 and 2 together. I am bringing this to them to show them that maybe I am not crazy or just another complainer. Now maybe they will believe me that I do not have any energy! Coupled with this bypass I had, even with the battery of vitamins I take my body just will not absorb them! No wonder I keep losing weight and look like an old hag. My bones ache fiercely too. I am really excited about reading this article. Thank you Dr. Myhill and Prohealth! I will come back and let you know how I make out with my doctors.

    2. sfd647 says:

      In regards to the problems with hypochlorhydria, the one comment in the article referred to that person having problems with Interstitial Cystitus ( IC )because of problems with B12 absorption. In the previous reply I gave, I had suggested the possibility of having such a thing myself. Because of the acid content in summer fruits that I had been eating (strawberries and raspberries mostly), would caffeine have a negative effect as well? I don’t drink coffee or tea but I do like my Pepsi. I don’t guzzle it, only 1 16oz bottle a day usually and then there is the subject of chocolate. I understand from other articles I have read that there is caffeine in chocolate as well. So I am wondering what may be happening in my stomach with these acidic things I am eating. Like I said, all those things I just mentioned are taken moderately. What should I be taking to offset that acidity? Also, I have tried the vinegar approach and it works to a degree but if I consume too much, then my stomach starts to feel sick. So how much should I be taking of it as well? I want to get many of my issues resolved. I feel so trapped inside my body as you can see in a previous reply I just gave.

    3. CWB says:

      First, I really feel for the pain, discomfort, and frustration you are having! Please log on to that IC website, and do a Google search for other IC sites as well. You’ll find loads of info. Explore the web sties and you’ll also find recipes. The bad news/good news may be that so much of what you’re eating and drinking could be causing this, so you may have to change your diet. First reading about the diet was a kick in the stomach, too, so I can’t sugar-coat that. But that’s the good news, too–that simply a chnage in diet may yield significant results! For me, embracing the IC diet for a few months meant that I had enough healing to be able to have some of the “forbidden” foods on occasion. I might have a slight flare-up after doing so, but going back to the regular IC diet would solve that. Good luck!

    4. VitaD says:

      I wonder if I have this. I have been diagnosed with GERD because I get pains where my gallbladder used to be. I had a roux n y stomach bypass 5 years ago, and was told to expect not to have stomach acid. I was told it would clear up the GERD I had at the time. Four years after the stomach surgery I had problems that required removal of my gallbladder; I understand that can be caused by Hypochlorhydria. That is when the pains in my chest started. I was given Protonix to help my chest, but it did not help. Then I was given a spasm medicine, which helps an attack. How could I have GERD? Wouldn’t the Protonix almost ensure hypochlorhydria?

      Would Papaya Enzyme help my digestion if I had hypochlorhydria?

    5. sfd647 says:

      Thank you for your comment, CWB. I know that certain food can do many things to our bodies. I had low blood sugar once a long time ago, and it was a nightmare. I can understand how the “forbidden foods” can create tremblings, nervousness, insomnia, headaches,etc. However, I cannot seem to equate the diet in regards to the IC situation. How is it that the diet is a major factor in this situation? I can see all kinds of things being wrong with the digestive system, trembling in the sugar consumption, but how can it do anything in regards to the bladder and other situations like the pressure? Before you discovered the diet, did you have the symptoms I have discussed? I am trying to make sense in all this. Unfortunately, I do not have the funds to go on a sensible nutritional program. I have to eat certain things just to get by. Those things that can stretch but are loaded with carbohydrates, you know? Wrong things. I understand that obesity is a large detrement to health but this thing has followed me for many years now and I didn’t have certain things going for me and I get very upset when doctors don’t look at me as a whole package instead of looking at my weight and then saying that when I lose weight, then everything will just suddenly go away. I have proven with my own self, that it NEVER just goes away. How am I to get free from this stuff? Is there anything else that works side by side with the nutrition diet? It has gotten worse since I am unable to exercise or take long walks. How do I eliminate the pressure that suddenly shows up? This whole thing has me so confused. If you are allergic to certain foods, the most common allergy reaction is in the digestive system or getting hives, etc. However in this situation concerning IC, how can one tell that it is a result of poor nutrition? Appreciate any further ideas that I can consider so that I can get free from this horrible pressure that is with me 24/7. Thanks.

      Sylvia

    6. sfd647 says:

      CWB, I want to thank you for your response to my comment about the possibility of having IC. I know that nutrition pays a big part in many conditions we have. I am most familiar to the low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)in relation to what one is eating. I know how that can drive you absolutely crazy because of having to do battle with it way back in 1979. I kept praying about it and watching what I was eating and suddenly I felt that I didn’t have it anymore and went to have it checked. Sure enough, God had healed me because the doctors that I had checked it all out and my sugar level was normal. I was so jittery through all of it but when they would put me in the hospital to run tests, I would turn around and become more stable. Well that did not help me because I am sure they thought I was a hypochondriac. In fact they tried using some fancy name but bottom line was that it was all in my head. Heck, it was not all in my head, it was all in my whole body. Anyway, I only mention this because, like I said, bad nutrition can cause many physical things. Even if you have a food allergy. However, with the possibility of IC, I don’t understand how it works with that. I mean I have this constant pressure like you almost have to bear down and most assuredly when you are having to go to the bathroom, you have to strain. So with that in mind, I still do not understand how nutrition can do this. Can you help me to understand how? I appreciate all the help I can get. I have this nightmare 24/7 and it has gotten so much more severe in the last 6 months. To try to stop the spasms, I have been taking a medication, Ditropan, and it doesn’t help me too much at all. I figure that maybe I need to take it more than only once a day. I’ll have to consult my doctor on it. Again, thanks for what you have mentioned and try to help me understand the nutritional aspect to this condition.

      Sylvia

    7. CWB says:

      I’m so sorry that you are suffering so. From what I read on the IC websites, people have similar pain and symptoms, but certainly yours could be caused by a number of conditions. I hope that between your “gut reaction” to what you read about IC and other conditions and talking with your doctor, you’ll find a path to not just relief but also to thriving.

      Re: allergies. A true allergy is when your body produces histamines in response to a substance, typically creating respiratory congestion, hives, inflammation, etc. But a person can also have a sensitivity to a substance that produces some of those same symptoms but no histamine response. Allergists only deal with the histamine process. I’ve not met a doctor who deals with sensitivites–but if you identify a sensitivity for yourself, avoid it at all costs!

      The medical world doesn’t fully understand how IC works, but it does seem to at least sometimes involve an elevation of histamines in the lining of the bladder, particularly from eating foods high in acids. Please go back and search out that list of foods to avoid in one of the links I gave; I believe you mentioned diet sodas, and that’s one of the biggest suspects. But again, that’s up to you and your doctor to know what rings true and to choose a course of action.

      The “it’s all in your head” response or inference from doctors really means “my head can’t figure this out” or “even the best heads in science haven’t figured this out.” Medical schools would do well to include a class in “how to cofess to your patients that you simply don’t know why they’re hurting.”

      About the nutrition component. Sometimes it’s easy to look at our bodies like a car, and that food is just the fuel. In some ways that’s true–we can function on low-grade fuels. However, the car model of health isn’t acurate because our food doesn’t just fuel us, it builds and re-builds the “car” itself! Over time, a diet lacking in the right stuff won’t be able to create a sound “car” (not just the bones, but the organs, muscles, skin, all the systems). It might show up as a weakness of one part for a time, and then perhaps another and another, until several different systems don’t work well and maybe some don’t work at all. You might be able to give a jump start every morning, but it won’t run smoothly or predictably, or eventually maybe at all. Beginning to eat a healthy diet will initiate positive changes in well being. It will take time for the body to rebuild itself from the good nutrients you put in, but it will. We’ve been blessed to be built that way! To heal!

      Keep reading about health and nutrition and ways to make those positive changes in your diet. I know it’s a challenge (and it’s not right that the healthiest foods are more expensive; get involved with organizations that are trying to change that); yet you must. That’s something you can do on your own while you’re working with your doctor to find the root of your discomfort. And you really can. It’s a very loving thing you can do to care for the body you’ve been given.

      I’ve meant all of this with kindness, and hope that it’s helpful. Please forgive if I’ve said things you already know too well. I wish you blessings on your path. –CWB

    8. clay2 says:

      I’ve been on Protonix for many years for GERD and Barrett’s. I have no doubt that the low acid from Protonix left my gut susceptible to the virus that gave me Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and chronic pain, and it undoubtedly played into my developing Lymphocytic Colitis at the same time. I can’t believe modern medicine can’t figure this out.

      I tried cutting the Protonix working with a naturopath, but the heartburn returned and with Barrett’s I can’t mess around. I take HCl at meals when I eat meat and hope that helps.

      1. Wend9 says:

        I also have been on Protonix/Prilosec for the past 6 years. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Lymphocytic Colitis and now I find I am also very anemic. How much HCI do you take? I don’t have heartburn, my problem is that I constantly burp if I don’t take the Prilosec. I had my esophagas stretched 6 years ago as well. Thanks for your help, Wendy

    9. syed says:

      hello sir gud morning.iam too suffering with this same problem.when i had acid reflux my doctor tried with acid reflux.but its not working.so i think its a hypoch.. as what u had.so can u plz say me what medicines u took.so that it would be helpful for me.

  2. CWB says:

    I tried the HCL supplements a couple of years ago, and did feel that it gave a boost (of absorption) to all of my other supplements. However, a few months later I developed interstitial cystitis, an often concomittant illness with CFIDS (my condition) or FM inwhich foods high in acids create a painful bladder syndrome. Thankfully I have been able to manage that condition with diet–though sadly having to cut out most of the great fresh fruits of summer and tomatoes. I’m one of the lucky ones, though, and have been able to eat many of the implicated foods in moderation and infrequently. Many with this condition suffer great pain and have to go on (yet another) medication or even have surgery–so it’s worth avoiding! I stopped taking the HCL. While I understand that HCL is an inorganic acid and that the acids in foods are organic, I have not been able to find info on the safety of HCL for those with IC. I’ve posed the question to Immunesupport and Dr. Cheney via the internet, but they haven’t been able to respond. I’m guessing that it’s an unknown. IC, like CFIDS and FM, is not compeltely understood but appears to be another condition on the continuum of potential allergic and immune dysfucntions that we so easily slip into. I think it would be important for our community to understand how these conditions and protocols may be linked or present contraindications before trying this. Those of us with CFIDS and FM have already had to give up so much, I’d hate to see a lot of people come down with potentially incredibly restrictive IC. I hope I’m off base, and that someone professional who has studied this specifically will respond. Meanwhile, here’s a link to info on IC, http://www.ic-network.com/handbook/diet.html#topfive

    1. sfd647 says:

      Rose,

      I didn’t think of foods that had sugar and salt could cause PAIN. I knew that large amounts of salt can do high blood pressure problems and edema. By the way, I am NOT a salt person. However, I have such severe lymphedema in my legs that I have swollen up very bad, hence, the leg/skin infection problems. I was surprised that my infectious disease doctor told me about 2 yrs ago that when I looked into the mirror, I probably think that what I am looking at is fat. I told him, yes. He then told me no, what I was seeing was mostly water. NEVER has ANY doctor ever suggested that edema was a main cause of my obesity. They pretty much look at me and form their conclusions that it is only fat. I was stunned. I just felt that it had to be something more than just what I was eating cause I have seen others even smaller than I, put away so much food and are still small.

      Anyway, that is what I have associated with salt. I don’t eat many salty foods like ham, chips, etc, NOR do I sprinkle on the stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I am not abstinate from it but I do not over abuse it. Most times what is in the foods is enough.

      Sugar: Well now that I associate it will gaining weight, getting diabetes, energy, itching as in allergies, things like that. But never associated it with pain. I don’t understand how either one of those ingredients could cause pain in the way I am feeling. I thought that perhaps I was having spasms in my urethra so that is why I have been using Ditropan. However, it isn’t controlling it at all. I just recently was told or I should say it was suggested that perhaps the peripheral neuropathy that I am battling ( I am not a diabetic ) could be causing it as well. Doctor told me about the feet/toes as well as hands/fingers being affected but it was suggested that it could attack anywhere else in the body. All I know is that it is driving me nuts and I am so tired of crying because of having all that pressure most of the time. I try not to things of it but it has a way of drawing attention to itself. Is there anything or anywhere that you can send me online to check out any possibilities? Even battling fibromyalgia, is bad as well, but don’t even know if there is anything relative to that and what is going on with me there. The person/pharmacist that talked to me said that there were a couple of others that had mentioned their problem with that as well. Didn’t say what else they were battling that might have an effect on them as well, just that they DID hear of the same circumstances/symptoms to which the actual name of the situation was still a mystery.

      Wish someone could actually say, Sylvia, this is what is going on. I have an uriologist that I have been instructed to go and see. Seems they deal in gynocological as well as urinological situations. I’d be more specific but when I tried once, I was told that what I was asking was “offensive/obscene” to the readers. I wasn’t trying to be obscene, I was trying to get some answers so I have been trying to choose my words very carefully so that it is not misconstrued as to what my situation is. I truly am sorry to those who read my question long time ago, for what had been thought to be “inappropriate” in my medical questions Thanks for any help I can get. God Bless.

      Sylvia

    2. dais says:

      Some one help me please. I have been taking Pralosec 40 mg twice daily since Sept 9 prior to a scheduled tonsillectomy in late December. I work out every morning weights, swim, elipical etc. I started noticing additional leg and knee pain but thought that it was an old injury. Ten days ago I started feeling extreme lower extremity muscle pain and fatigue (to the point that I could barely stand). I never thought it was the meds until I read about side effects. I am off the meds now seven days and still in great deal of pain in standing, walking etc. If I have a lactic acid buildup in my muscles, how do I releave this? I also have history of drug reactions post use. Thoughts please!!!!

  3. ohiosue says:

    I was told by a health store manager that my GERD could be from not enough acid so I bought digestive enzymes with the HCL in them and it made my acid reflux much worse. So not everyone has acid reflux caused by not enough acid- mine was from too much. Plus I have Barrett’s esophagus and adding acid was not a good idea for me! Now I take a good digestive enzyme and a probiotic supplement daily that has no added acid and am doing well with my IBS now under control with no meds. I also had acid reflux surgery that helped a lot as my esophageal sphincter was not working at all.
    ohio sue

  4. sfd647 says:

    I have had a painful bladder situation for 2 yrs now and wasn’t sure what was happening to me. Other things have been ruled out like a Cystocele ( a type of herniated bladder pressing in against the walls of the vagina. The pressure is horrible but there was nothing showing. The technician doing the ultra sound told me about IC and I went online to check it out. I was amazed and feel that this is possibly what has been going on. I mention this because of this article about the lack of gastric acid in our stomachs to which Vitamin B12 is undersupplied because of certain medications. I have much of what they have been describing as to the problems associated with lack of stomach acid to break down necessary nutrients for our body to function with. GERD is one and IBS is another. I have had horrible yeast breakouts as well that will not seem to go away. I have had very serious leg infections that no one can eliminate to where my skin isn’t even my skin anymore. It is horrible. I have no idea if all of this is relative or not. It is so confusing as to what is happening to me over the last 2 1/2 yrs. I have always been in need of Vitamin B12 because of anemia problems that come and go. Do you think that this could be all related. Does anything that I have been describing fit to the things you have encountered. I wish we could talk privately so I could discuss the IC with you more in detail. It is so unbearable. No one can possibly know how horrible it feels. The pressure is unbearable. I haven’t found anything to take it away. Thought that Ditropan would help but hardly does anything. Perhaps I am not taking enough. Also, just lately since this summer, I have been eating strawberries, raspberries, pineapple more than average. I have had these situations even before I had started to eat in abundance of these particular fruits. I have cut out tomatoes since this past summer because of it being a nightshade vegetable/fruit that causes painful arthritis. Is there a solution to my delemma? Need to know more about IC though as well. Too many loose strings to these horrible, disabling, conditions I have going on 24/7.

    Sylvia

  5. jmc99 says:

    A major cause of low stomach acid has been omitted from Dr. Myhill’s article. Chronic Helicobacter pylori infections may not cause uclerations in all cases, but minimally degrade parietal cells that secrete HCl (acid) and intrinsic factor (which facilitates the absorption of vitamin B12). With inadequate acid production, pepsinogen secreted from chief cells is incompletely converted to the proteolytic enzyme pepsin to digest dietary protein.

    As the former manager of a small specialty medical laboratory and medical center specializing in GI infections, I can report that many cases of poor health due to low stomach acid and vitamin B12 related anemia have been resolved through proper identification of H. pylori through serology or stool antigen and proper treatment with PrevPac or Helidac (drugs) supported by appropriate nutriceuticals.

  6. rlstomach says:

    For the past 16 months I have had this constant hunger-like gnawing/rumbling. There is never a feeling of satisfaction after a meal (hence there is the tendency to overeat). This is something that had been a problem for me 25-30 years ago, but had been “dormant” in recent years, which I attributed to diet modification (i.e. smaller more frequent meals, eliminating most sodium, eating more grains, etc.). A recent scoping of the stomach revealed nothing significant. I’ve just switched from 30 days of Protonix to Aciphex. I had also tried BHCL for a period, but didn’t find any improvement from it. I’m not convinced that the problem is GERD. I’d appreciate hearing from anyone that has had similar symptoms.

    1. lea says:

      Just wondering if you were diagnosed with gastritis; or what was your diagnosis for the gnawing?

      Thanks
      best,
      Ann

    2. toronto101 says:

      hi there – i realize much time has passed since your post – but i have the exact problem and wondering if you found out what the cause was and a solution? thanks!

  7. Nurtue with nature says:

    Eating is now painful, my st blows up after I eat or within one hour. I went for a coloscopy they found nothing. My diet is mostly organic grains fruits and veggies . Ineed to lose 40-50lbs and no matter what I cant . How do I know I have hypo or hyperchlorhydria? What would you suggest I take or eat.
    Im F. 48, have been battling this for years and the last 6mths Its been hard to sleep from distention, violent gas, and pain on either side of my umbilicus.
    Thanks for your input

    Ellen

  8. flatulent says:

    I have to wonder how many consider that long before most people turn to “alternative” medicine for their stomach issues, they have already been down the path of antacids, H2 blockers and PPI’s. Most of the current PPI’s state that they PERMENENTLY shut down those acid producing cells. So, of course if they already went through a course of PPI’s, there is a decent chance they will have low stomach acid by the time they turn to Naturopathic Medicine.

    I don’t personaly know if I have low or high stomach acid. I just know I get Gastritis at the drop of a couple of days of drinking coffee, or even taking Vitamin C as ascorbic acid. Basicaly, anything I eat or drink that would raise acid levels raises Cain.

    Unlike the most I am refering to here, I was already heavily involved in the natural path when I started having severe stomach issues. I tossed HCL at it like tic tacs and spent hundreds of dollars on the highest quality enzymes. I took pro-biotics at levels you would only see in Naturopathic Colleges. Nothing helped.

    Now, the odd thing about all of this is that I am now 53 years old, so I sort of fit into that as you get older catagory your HCL goes down. The only catch to this is the stomach symptoms I currently have are exactly identical to what I experienced for years when I was a child and being raised in a very high stress situation by a alchoholic father. I was finaly sent to the Doctor for a upper GI and they found Gastritis and a Duodenal ulcer, the only type of stomach ulcer believed to be caused by high stress and high acid levels constantly dumping.

    Hmmmm. One size does not fit all I hear. Nothing against the natural approuch. I am fully into it. I am so into it I would like to share something with the folks here. It is a scientificaly proven fact that low ph levels for the blood cause stress, and can cause anxiety, and even panic syndrome if the lactic acid levels or CO2 gets high enough. The primary mechanism that keep blood ph regulated are proper breathing to elimate excess CO2 and the PH buffering system, i.e. minerals in the bloodstream.

    Now, if people stop and think about this that suffer from serious gastric problems and lots of stress and anxiety on top of it, there is a easily explainable loop going on here. High stomach acid would tend to eat up the blood buffer and the person would become susceptable to stress, that would tend to dump more acid.

    This is me as a child, and it is me now.

  9. jPass says:

    I am on 40 mg. twice a day, and I also have a bad stomach virus that has yet to go away after a week. My question is can the lack of stomach acid caused by the protonix prolong a stomach virus?

  10. jPass says:

    I am on protonix 40 mg. Twice daily and also have had a stomach virus for over a week. My question is can the decreased acid caused by the Protonix PROLONG a stomach virus? Thank you in advance for answering.

  11. michleen says:

    Hello There,

    I am not sure you’r going to see my replay since this is from 2007, but if you do can you tell me what kind of probiotics and digestive enzymes you used? I am trying to find some for my son that don’t make his acid reflex worse and I can’t see to find any. Every time I try to introduce something to help him with his food allergies and gut issues it seems to make the problem worse. I tried probiotics, digestive enzymes, slippery elm, l-glutamine…all made his situation worse.

    Thank you and I hope you get this

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