Hypochlorhydria is the medical term for the low stomach acid.
It is one of the serious problems that most people overlook on their quest to get healthy, and it may seem rare, still it’s a common condition that is linked to other diseases like stomach cancer,rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma.
If you are having symptoms such as acid reflux, burping, heartburn, gas, bloating, or nausea after eating, then it may say that you have a stomach acid issue.
People who have diagnosed with gastrointestinal issues, especially inflammatory bowel diseases, IBS, or Celiac disease, are at a higher risk of having acid problems in the stomach. If you have made several diet and lifestyle changes and you are still not seeing the results you desire, low stomach acid might be holding you back.
Why Low Stomach Acid Dangerous:
Appropriate levels of stomach acid are needed to absorb adequately most of the nutrients including minerals (copper, zinc iron, and calcium), vitamin B12, folic acid, and proteins.
Stomach acid also plays an important part of the immune system. The acid barrier of the stomach in the normal state of health can easily and quickly kills bacteria and other foreign elements that enter the body. It also helps to prevent bacteria in the intestines from migrating up and colonizing the stomach.
Without sufficient amount of stomach acid, our body’s defense system is completely compromised. What’s worse, you could be eating an all-organic and healthy diet and still become malnourished because you are nott absorbing nutrients. Today, I wanted to inform you the three most common patterns of low stomach acid that I have seen.
3 Red Flags You’re Suffering From Low Stomach Acid
(1) You Do not Feel Good When You Eat Meat
The pattern is an observation that links several clues together, and this pattern is much more effective in women than men. So, what is going on here? I think it is a two-part problem. The first part is a physiological problem of low stomach acid. The second is a belief system that is created to cope with the symptoms of the physiological problem.
Here’s a typical scenario:
Mary is very in tune with her body. For as long as she can remember, she has not liked eating red meat or huge amounts of any meat. When pressed about it, she responds with, “I just do not like meat and never have. I do not like how it makes me feel.”
I think she’s totally justified and validated in her feelings. I BELIEVE she feels bad, sluggish, or nauseous when she eats a large portion of meat. And the reason is that she doesn’t have the ability to digest it. She needs more stomach acid to break properly down the protein structures. And without it, red, white, or any other kind of meat will probably make her feel worse than when she eats other types of foods that contain less protein.
If you’re someone who believes that you don’t like meat because of how it makes you feel, I challenge you to test for low stomach acid, supplement with Betaine HCL and regain your desire to eat meat again.