Stomach Acid and Digestive Health: Busting the Myth
⁃ Sterilizes the gut which helps with reducing the microbial load.
⁃ Activates peptin ( an enzyme needed to breakdown protein)
⁃ Activates intrinsic factor needed for B12, zinc and trace mineral absorption.
⁃ Helps close the esophogeal sphincter ( acid reflux – lack of stomach acid) and help open the pyloric sphincter to allow food to leave stomach and get into intestine for digestion.
⁃ Needed to prevent undigested particles from getting through the intestinal wall ( leaky gut – leading to inflammation and autoimmune disease).
⁃ Low stomach acid is a real problem.
Symptoms of Low Acid
⁃ Burping and belching
⁃ Acid reflux ( GERD)
⁃ Poor breathing and arrhythmia issues
⁃ Thyroid and skin problems
⁃ Address dysbiosis
⁃ Take Betaine HCL
⁃ Digestive enzymes
⁃ Reduce sugar and processed foods
⁃ Aim for 1.5 – 2.2 ph of stomach acid.
Baking Soda Test
⁃ empty stomach in morning
⁃ 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 4 oz of water
⁃ You should burp within 3 minutes.
⁃ If it’s 3-5 minutes indicates low stomach acid if greater than that indicates very low stomach acid
⁃ Do this 3 days in a row and measure the average over 3 days.
More clinical measures ( blood work metabolic panel )
⁃ Chloride 100-106
⁃ < 100 indicates low stomach acid
⁃ Urea, ammonia and nitrogen levels higher ( BUN)
⁃ Protein levels should be 6.9-7.4
⁃ High nitrogen can lead to high ammonia which can become a neurotoxin
Results of Low Stomach Acid:
⁃ high ammonia ( use L-glutamine )
⁃ Leaky gut
⁃ More inflammation
⁃ High nitrogen
⁃ Poor amino acid absorption no protein digestion.
Prevalence of Low Stomach Acid:
⁃ seen by clinicians in 75-80% of patients.
⁃ Autoimmune disease
⁃ Digestive complaints
⁃ Neurodegenerative disorders
⁃ PPI use raises risk of Alzheimer’s – big impact on B12 levels.
Other things you can do:
⁃ Add probiotics
⁃ Eat slower and time your meals so your not rushed eating / digesting.
⁃ Proper hydration throughout day.
⁃ Not during meals ( otherwise dilutes stomach acid)
⁃ Bone broth ( high in minerals and add sea salt)
⁃ Slowing down digestive processes.
⁃ Ginger root or ginger tea great for stomach acid production before meals !
⁃ Lemon water
⁃ Apple cider vinegar
⁃ Oregano, basil, rosemary
⁃ Deep breathing before meals ( activates parasympathetic nervous and helps activate salivary and digestive enzymes before you eat )
⁃ Never eat when stressed and angry ( leads to sub optimal digestion )
How Much Water ?
⁃ 2 liters between meals
⁃ Limited water at meals
⁃ 1/2 your body weight in oz
⁃ Great for detox
⁃ Reduces digestive stress and leads to constipation
⁃ start with one capsule during or after meal
⁃ Can add until you have a reaction ( mild indigestion)
⁃ Goal is to get your body to produce its own stomach acid.
⁃ Take it until you notice indigestion!
Effects of HCL
⁃ Improve mineral and protein absorption.
⁃ Reduce inflammation.
⁃ Stimulate parasympathetic state.
Other aids to help with digestion:
Aloe Vera juice
Fermented juice and veggies
⁃ key bacteria
⁃ resilient form
⁃ highly adaptive
⁃ found in kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut
⁃ unique in that it has high adhesive qualities
⁃ great for absorption and detoxification.
⁃ very low in western cultures ( due to highly processed foods)
Benefits of Lactobacillus planterum:
⁃ nutrient absorption
⁃ produces butyrate ( good fuel source for gut )
⁃ eats toxins
⁃ produces nutrients ( B vitamins, enzymes, butyrate etc )
⁃ Add lactobacillus acidophilus and bifido bacterium as well