Low stomach acid can cause various symptoms ranging from gut dysfunction to skin breakouts.

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My friend and colleague Heidi, also know as The Healthy RD, wrote such a great article about this topic I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. She discusses all of the following in her article.

Functions of stomach acid:

  • Kills unwanted germs and bacteria [R]
  • Stimulates the intestines and pancreas to make enzymes for digestion 
  • Breaks down proteins so they can be absorbed
  • Helps prevent foodborne illness
  • Essential for vitamin B12 absorption
  • Helps the body absorb calcium, iron, magnesium, and other minerals [R, R]
  • Required to help keep the stomach contents from flowing into the esophagus

Low stomach acid and its causes:

  • Stress [R]
  • H. pylori infection
  • Antacids, proton pump inhibitors, ranitidine, famotidine  
  • Imbalanced diets
  • Stomach surgery or gastric bypass surgery
  • Autoimmune conditions [R]
  • SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) [R]
  • Vegan diet or vegetarian diets
  • Diets low in B-vitamins and zinc
  • Aging

Some common symptoms of low stomach acid:

  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Trouble digesting meat
  • Bad breath
  • Increased risk of food allergies
  • Acid reflux or heartburn
  • Gas
  • Undigested food in bowel movements
  • Nausea from vitamins
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Hair loss in women
  • Brittle nails
  • Acne
  • Food sensitivities
  • Yeast infections
  • Mood swings

How to tell if you have low stomach acid:

  • Use this simple baking soda test you can do at home to tell if you have low stomach acid or not.

Remedies for low stomach acid:

  • Probiotics [R]
  • Diet changes
  • Stress relief
  • Sauerkraut
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Betaine HCL
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Bitters
  • Marshmallow root
  • Bovine colostrum
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Ginger

The article goes into depth about each of the items listed above. The Healthy RD is a great resource for functional nutrition and natural supplements that support gut healing.

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In this post, learn about the functions of stomach acid, some ways to tell if you have low stomach acid, and easy food tips and supplements to help.

Source: Do you have low stomach acid? Signs and simple remedies

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