5 Common Signs Of Low Stomach Acid – Hypochlorhydria

Greetings! Eric Bakker Thanks for coming back to me

I'm a naturopath Got a question from a subscriber here who wants to know if she's got hypochlorhydria, or low stomach acid She wants to know some of the signs and symptoms of that So, let's talk a bit about the stomach function and about hypochlorhydria I learned a lot on a trip I made to the States back in 2003 when I went to hear Dr

Alan Gaby speaking, very interesting, Jonathan Wright and Alan Gaby in Seattle I'd been practicing already for many, many years prior to that, but that 2003 trip really made me understand a lot more about stomach function Dr Wright, Jonathan Wright, is long retired now, I believe Incredible doctor, one of the most important influences for many, many functional medicine doctors in America and around the world, but Dr

Wright was a very big believer, going back probably as far as the '70s, that people with stomach problems, particularly low acid production stomach were exhibiting signs of over-acidity So, common theme, for example, to experience when you've got hypo, which means you're low, chlorhydria, you know, stomach acid is heartburn Many doctors never believed this until they actually devised a special capsule, which could be swallowed, to determine stomach acid viability, and they did find that They discovered that many people with heartburn in fact had a low-acid stomach, not over-acid stomach So, many people watching this video, for example, who are taking an acid blocker or a PPI drug, proton pump inhibitor drug, there are many of them on the market, like Nexium for example, it's a billion-dollar drug, many people take these stupid drugs believing they've got too much acid in their stomach, where in fact, they haven't got enough, so then when they take these drugs, they're in fact lowing their acid production even more, which creates huge fatigue problems, and headaches, and all sorts of digestive problems, so, not a good idea

I'm not a fan at all of drugs for digestive system action I think it's stupid To me, it's like and American Express credit card, you know, with twenty-something percent interest, or if you go to these loan sharks and you borrow a hundred bucks to pay a power bill or something like that To me, that's stupid as well Dumb

Or borrowing money to pay loans It's just crazy To me, that's what these drugs are like, you know? You're just basically buying time, and you're creating serious underlying disfunction, so it's not a good idea taking drugs for the GI tract 'cause in most cases they can be entirely fixed up Anyway, let's look at the five key things, all right? If we're going to look at the five key signs and symptoms of [inaudible 00:02:56], the first one's bloating and belching, so air coming up, burping, bloating If your stomach's not functioning properly and you're eating food, it's not going to break that food down properly, so that food's going to sit there for quite a while, and it's going to cause a lot of gas and bloating in the upper digestive system particularly when it tries to move down to the small intestine because you need a very good-functioning stomach to create an excellent pancreatic enzyme output

So, the pancreas is a gland that sits here in the middle of the body, and its aim, basically, is to help to produce more enzymes to help to really improve the breakdown of the food, and it relies on a very nice acid mixture coming from above to convert its enzymes from an inactive to an active form I've discussed this in other videos So, if the stomach has got the pH a little bit too high, not low enough, ie it's not acid enough, it's going to create a problem at the pancreas, and this is where indigestion comes in, and discomfort, in the middle of the body, and also sometimes feeling a little bit like crappy here So, the stomach is a little bit higher up

Now, people often get confused, and they say, "My stomach doesn't feel good My stomach " Well, unless you come from another planet, or are an android or one of these AI creatures, your stomach usually doesn't sit down here

Your stomach sits up a bit higher up, about here Okay? In fact, many people with stomach problems think they've got a heart attack Many guys end up in the emergency room with indigestion thinking they're having a heart attack 'cause it's in a similar region So, if the stomach's pH is not right, indigestion occurs very easily, very easily, particularly after a meal Second one is heartburn

So, heartburn very much occurs with low-acid stomach In fact, it's a red flag for this condition Eating a high-protein food, for example, or a high-fat food going into the stomach with low acid can create major pain and problem, major heartburn for people We're going to talk in a minute after, at the end of the video, on a couple of different tips and tricks you can do to find out if you've got the right acidity in the gut The third one is indigestion

All right? Indigestion So, indigestion can be a terrible symptom You could be sitting there and have a lot of pain Indigestion can come anywhere from here right down to lower down, as it travels through the small intestine, it's not broken down properly It can sit there like a lump

And, of course, people with indigestion often get gas It's a little bit like a backfire in a car If the combustion's not good, and then of course you're going to get a backfire through the tailpipe, which is like, [inaudible 00:05:41], farting, or producing gas, okay? So, indigestion comes often and is related with bloating and belching, so many people with bloating end up with indigestion Those two symptoms go together The fourth one is undigested food particles in the stool

So, have a good look at the stool regularly to make sure that you are digesting food properly and you're excreting waste, you're not excreting undigested food That could mean you're not chewing food properly, and poor chewing leads to poor pooing, right? Dr Gaby, at the conference in 2003 had a saying, "Small stools; big big hospitals Big stools; small hospitals" Think about it

So, the fifth one And of course, undigested food, you know, number four, that comes from poor acid, so you're not breaking food down properly, so make sure you chew very well 'cause that will significantly help, even with the low-pH stomach or high-pH stomach, it will help break that food down further and more easily in the gut Eating food while being on technology is not a great idea

So, the fifth one is the flow-on effect of all of these problems: fatigue, tiredness If the engine's not working properly, and you can't get gas properly in the engine and have good combustion, you're not going to get power to the wheel, so you're going to have a car that misfires, that stalls, that lacks power 'til it gets tuned up In your case, tuning up isn't grabbing all the components, throwing it out, and putting a new spark plug in In your case, it's going to understand that we need, maybe, some digestive enzymes for a while, we need to chew food properly, we need to select the right foods, we need to eat in low-stress environments These things are all going to significantly help to stop the fatigue as a flow-on effect

Candida is often a consequence of hypochlorhydria or poor-functioning stomach Candida can thrive easily in a stomach that's not functioning properly It can be taken in through food It can be there already in the GI tract and flourish when the gut becomes dysfunctional Same with bacteria, same with parasites

Having a very powerful acid stomach with almost ensure that if a parasite gets in there, it's going to die before it has a chance to get further down Rectal itching is another symptom I see with some people So, we talked about the two methods for stomach, so one thing you could do is get a good teaspoon, a heaped teaspoon, of baking soda or bicarbonate of soda, and put that in eight ounces of water, you know, 250 [mils 00:08:20] or or eight ounces Give it a stir, and then drink that Then you should notice

It's like having soda You should notice a big burp not long after you've had that 'cause that's the acid being neutralized by the bicarbonate of soda, exactly what the pancreas will do when it squirts bicarbonate of soda into the small bowel, all right? You will notice sometimes, healthy people who have a meal, chew it, swallow it, and not long after, it could be 10, 20, 30 minutes after, they can have a couple of burps here or there, and that's that bicarbonate of the pancreas neutralizing stomach acid It's not uncommon

Healthy people with have that quite often So, you will have a burp with bicarbonate not very soon after you've swallowed that That's a healthy gut If you don't, and then you're burping with bicarb, that could be a big problem, could be lack of stomach acid The other one you can do is to take a digestive enzyme, particularly a very powerful Betaine pepsin supplement, there are many you can get from different companies, and take a capsule, and then with each succeeding meal, increase by one capsule, one capsule

So, for example, for breakfast this morning I could take one capsule, for lunch today I could take two, for dinner I could take three, following morning for breakfast four I keep stacking it up until I notice a bit of heartburn, or reflux, or pain behind the sternum, or over-acidity symptom That means I've reached my threshold Now, a healthy guy like me, I can't take any more, usually, than two Betaine pepsin or I feel sick I've seen some people take 30 to 40 capsules per meal

I'm not joking Especially very elderly people So, this is what we call the tummy tolerance method of determining stomach acid If you forgot that, go back on this video and watch what I said here about stacking that up, so that's a good test for you to determine what your level of stomach acid is So, you've got the bicarb or baking soda test, and you've got the tummy tolerance test

Think about it And the last thing I'll leave you with is, check out CanXida Restore I think I might have a container here It's in the green bottle This is a digestive enzyme and a probiotic combination

The CanXida Restore works quite well for hypochlorhydria You just take one capsule with each meal, usually for a couple of months, and chew food properly, and make the correct selections, and that will go a long way towards helping you recover from hypochlorhydria or underactive stomach Thanks for tuning in to this video I hope that it was educational, and you got some information from it Thanks very much


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