It’s a sign of low stomach acid if it takes more than five minutes or you don’t burp at all. For another home-based test that delivers reasonably accurate results, all you need is baking soda.
I am going to try to reduce the 20mg dose further for a couple of weeks before trying the HCL with pepsin. I strongly suspect that low stomach acid has been causing me many health problems recently including fatigue, I want to come off the PPI’s completely and hopefully live a normal healthy life. I will be buying some apple cider vinegar along with HCL tablets tomorrow but I understand that lemon juice
Glad I found this page – I feel like my symptoms fit very well with the smptoms of low stomach acid. First of all I’d like to say thank you. I appreciate the work you do and the information you provide. I started having digestive issues shortly after age 25 and I’m now 31.
How is GERD treated in a child?
Infection with H. Pylori is a common cause of gastric ulcers. If left untreated, it can result in decreased stomach acid. Vitamin deficiency.
What are the other symptoms of low HCl?
Never realized that low stomach acid was one of the culprits, but after testing myself and finding my dosage at four 650mg capsules, I’m feeling much much better after meals. I’ve found this site (and Chris Kressler’s) very informative. I’ve had a horrible cough for 2 years and was diagnosed with acid reflux a couple months ago.
I’ve tried everything and the only thing that worked to relieve this is digestive enzymes. I’ve been having them with every meal and they have made life more livable.
- In our opinion, testing HCL levels with the baking soda is a basic level thing to do but can have a huge impact.
- If you haven’t been able to reduce your dosage, you may have an underlying cause for your low stomach acid that needs to be addressed.
- Either way, you will be keeping a record of any suspected acid reflux issues, and other symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing.
- I did drink some coffee and wine which I don’t normally have, and at a bit of gluten and some dairy as well as spicy food.
- This is very common and this is what you need to know about PPIs.
- Considered to be the gold standard for stomach acid testing, the Heidelberg stomach acid test provides precise results about the status of your stomach acid.
Then, of course, the stomach problems and dizziness came bck. So I tried the Lansoprozale again, and this time started with an irritating cough. It wasn’t like a regular cough, so I stopped the Lansoprozale again and the cough has improved, though not gone away entirely.
Gastric bypass procedures such as a duodenal switch and RNY, where the largest acid producing parts of the stomach are either removed, or blinded. “The bicarbonate is a base that neutralizes stomach acid. The mucus made by the epithelial cells also forms a barrier on the walls of the stomach. That protects your stomach lining from the acid. The bicarbonate is a base that neutralizes stomach acid. The mucus made by the epithelial cells also forms a barrier on the walls of the stomach.
Fourth, without enough acid the pyloric sphincter does not open and the food simply sits in your stomach for longer periods of time being fermented by the bacteria that the now absent HCl was supposed to kill. Fifth, what chyme that does slowly leak through the valve avoids the pancreatic enzymes and bile that are no longer secreted in response to the now absent acidic state of the chyme. How you increase your stomach acid levels will depend on what has caused them to reduce in the first place. Low stomach acid levels will increase your risk of bacteria surviving in your gut and causing problems. If your symptoms and history suggest that you may have a low stomach acid level, they will then perform a test with a capsule (5).
I was put on Omeprazole and even asthma inhalers, both of which worsened my symptoms and weakened (in my opinion) my immune system. I took myself off all meds a month ago and started a gluten-free, relatively low-carb diet, and my cough improved substantially. However, now I’m starting to get frequent heartburn, a symptom I didn’t have before. I guess a gluten-free diet wasn’t the cure-all I was hoping it’d be.
I have a number of health issues varying from PTSD, AF, Apnea and severe stomach pain, reflux, constipation/diarrhea, chest pains. I have had Endoscopy and Colonoscopy and several stool tests and a angiogram stomach. Have been on Pariet and somac for about 18 years. GP diagnosed IBS and prescribed Nexium.
Stomach acid also acts as the first line of defense against foreign “friends” that get in through our food (bacteria and parasites). If stomach acid levels are low, it may cause imbalances in GI bacteria, nutritional deficiencies, and general digestive discomfort.
Hi Katie – first congrats on your success! We haven’t done any research on that specific test and all the details around it reading high.
3. Eat fermented vegetables
Not once did I know low stomach acid could have been the culprit. From that point on I have had lowered immunity, have fibro, chronic fatigue, etc, etc. This morning I did the acid test, ten minutes after the baking soda, still nothing. I took the HLC with my breakfast, 2 eggs. Had a protein, and the HLC, and this afternoon I have felt wonderful.