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Signs You Have Low Stomach Acid

Did you know that it is more common to have LOW stomach acid than it is to have HIGH stomach acid?

Unfortunately doctors don't often test to see if you have too much or too little stomach acid and are quick to prescribe proton pump inhibitors or you may even find yourself reaching over the counter for antacids. In cases where there is actually low stomach acid, this further depletes you stomach acid, worsening your initial symptoms and further creating deep underlying imbalances within your gut.

If you have low stomach acid you could be suffering with some of the following symptoms:

  • Heartburn/Indigestion

  • Brittle Hair and fingernails

  • Bloating and Belching after meals

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea after heavy meals

  • Food allergies/intolerances

  • Iron deficiency/B12 deficiency

  • Candida/parasites

  • Undigested foods in your stool

Causes of low stomach acid?

  • Stress

  • Dehydration/not drinking enough water

  • Smoking

  • Some medications

  • Eating processed foods

  • Eating the same foods every day

  • Alcohol and caffeine

  • Aging (we are all out of luck on this one)

  • Eating disorders

  • Helicobacter Pylori Infections (H.Pylori) which neutralizes and decreases the production of stomach acid to help it survive.

  • Antacid medications

  • Zinc deficiency

  • Eating too quickly

There is no question whether we have experienced at least 1-2 of the causes of low stomach acid at some point in our life. It's much like general wear and tear on our car, these things happen. The question becomes, are you doing maintenance on your car/body to fix, maintain or even prevent further issues? Likely not, and it's not your fault, because we have never been taught HOW to maintain good health, how to do an "oilchange" so to speak, on your gut. Make sense?

How to stimulate stomach acid production

1. Chew your food well and eat smaller meals

2. Ingest apple cider vinegar

3. Eat bitter tasting foods such as dandelion, arugula, radicchio, endive, artichoke and chicory.

4. Reduce your stress, especially around meal time

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