Peristalsis clears the esophagus by pushing any stomach acid contents back into the stomach. Gravity also aids in this process. Meaning, when an adult is standing up right, the adult has more of a gravity effect that aids in keeping food moving in the direction intended. In each of the three sections of the gastrointestinal tract (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine) there lays their own mechanisms for protecting against the dangerously low pH of stomach acid by either keeping acid away from sensitive tissue or neutralizing acid that already exists.
In general, stomach acidity will tend to filter microbes without adaptations to an acidic environment. Such adaptations include resistant cell walls, spore-forming capabilities or other traits that confer tolerance to high acidities and rapid changes in pH conditions. We’ve considered the role of the stomach as a pathogen barrier within the context of human evolution. Another potential consequence of high stomach acidity, when considered in light of other primates and mammals, is the difficulty of recolonization by beneficial microbes.
Pure stomach acid has a pH of 1.8 when it first enters the stomach, but is quickly diluted in the presence of food. Regardless, plant enzymes are not destroyed by the highly acidic environment of the stomach. They simply become dormant until reaching the higher pH levels in the small intestine, where they again become active and continue the digestive process.
So i went to see the doctor and we did blood test and they came back negative. Then the burping and not being able to process proteins and dairy began and everytime i would eat either one of those i would burp. My doctor put me on acid reflux meds and that just made the burping worse i burped more often and sometimes after eating i would burp up my food.
It’s not going to be easy to transition, but it will be worth it. So now I am back, convinced I have low stomach acid again and have been taking HCL the past few meals. I’ve started with one tab with each meal. I can say that I still have the occasional pain, but in taking the acid pill, I don’t have any increased pain or burning, which you would think I would have, if I indeed had too much stomach acid which was causing the pain and needed an acid reducer like Prilosec.
For people who don’t have severe reflux, Dr. Koufman suggests a “maintenance” diet of foods with a pH no lower than 4, which allows items like apples, raspberries and yogurt. Some foods must be eliminated for reasons other than acidity. Regardless of pH levels, high-fat meats, dairy products, caffeine, chocolate, carbonated beverages, fried foods, alcohol and mints are known to aggravate reflux symptoms. Certain other foods, including garlic, nuts, cucumbers and highly spiced dishes, may also touch off reflux in some patients.
From this perspective the use of agents to reduce hydrochloric acid (HCl) secretion makes perfect sense. However there is another model that suggests that over 90% of GERD related symptoms are related to too little HCl.
Gastroesophageal reflux monitoring: pH and impedance
Consider limiting alcohol intake for added benefits. Addressing these issues can not only increase and normalize your stomach acid levels, but also improve your digestive health and reduce stress on your body. There are a number of contributing factors for low stomach acid.
Digestion begins in the mouth. When you chew your food it is mixed with saliva, which not only supplies moisture but also the carbohydrate-digesting enzyme, amylase. When you eat raw food, its enzymes work with the salivary amylase to begin digestion. I did the baking soda test twice and the result was low stomach acid. I tested positive using the lactulose breath test for SIBO (which was exacerbated ten-fold by attempting probiotics).