So...I was wondering why my OXY Powder has done nothing, and they said if you have low stomach acid, it would be ineffective and to take it with some lemon juice or Apple Cider Vinegar. Well...I think I've been battling with low stomach acid for a while without knowing it! I am upping ACV and lemons to do the trick, and ordering 120 capsules of HCL to hopefully cure this problem.
My skin is clearing up! Got my Simple brand face scrub that I trust very much, can't believe I ever tried to replace it with a YES product .
Feeling really good about this finding!
No wonder I'm so constipated, and no appetite, and bloated, and completely lost my desire to eat protein!
Everything remedied to help low HCL has been linked to improving acne as-well...interesting
- Cider vinegar: Eating a salad with a cider vinegar dressing before a meal will help acidify the stomach and aid in digestion.
- Ascorbic acid (vitamin C): combined with your vitamin and mineral supplements at mealtime, they will react to produce mineral ascorbate and Hydrochloride, which are the optimal combination to digest and absorb these vitamins and minerals.
- Maintain a diet with a low glycemic index, low fat, and low allergies.
- Increase your intake of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids
- Increase probiotic consumption either through eating yogurt or taking a probiotic supplement. This will greatly balance bacteria and yeast levels in the stomach and intestines.
- Many herbs and oils help maintain healthy bacteria levels such as garlic, oregano oil, grapefruit seed oil, peppermint oil, and others.
- Consume ginger and/or ginger tea. Ginger is a natural digestive aid and reduces bloating.
- Avoid drinking ice cold water before, during, or right after a meal because it slows HCl production.
- Avoid Alcohol, excess caffeine, refined carbs, processed foods, MSG, wheat protein, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, fish with high mercury levels, bottom-feeder seafood, refined sugar, and artificial sweeteners.
Some other simple lifestyle recommendations are:
- Eat smaller meals more regularly.
- Chew your meals thoroughly.
- Remain sitting up for a least 45 minutes after eating to reduce the occurrence of acid being churned up into the esophagus and to allow gravity to play its part.
- Take multivitamins that include B3 and B12 in case you do have a deficiency caused by the hypochlorhydria.
I mean it's like a vicious cycle, eat a SAD diet and your body will become sick and deficient, then you won't produce stomach acid correctly, now because you aren't producing stomach acid well, you aren't digesting well and you are becoming even more and more deficient even if you try and eat healthy you may not be absorbing things correctly cause your stomach acid needs a jump start or your body needs a really long time to heal without the jump start.
I mean I've heard of ancient cultures knowing to eat nasty herbs when sick, believing they heal you...cause they do, producing stomach acid and cleansing!
From another website...I have basically all these symptoms. Serious bloating, eating a very tiny meal and feeling full all day! That is a problem!
Low Gastric Acid
The condition of low stomach acid can give rise to numerous uncomfortable and irritating symptoms. Insufficiency of acid in the stomach leads to indigestion. Since, a good amount of broken food is left in the stomach, bacteria and other micro-organisms start growing in number. This leads to an imbalance of probiotics and harmful bacteria, which in turn hinders your body's ability to absorb nutrients. In this way, low gastric acid does not allow the nutrients to get absorbed by your body, hence there occurs a deficiency of nutrients in spite of eating healthy food in good amount. Long-term deficiency of nutrients can cause more serious health issues, mostly arising from weak immune system. All other symptoms that are associated with low stomach acid arise due to the presence of undigested foods in the stomach. Following are some of them:
A feeling of fullness even after eating little or nothing
Indigestion (Diarrhea or Constipation)
Stomach acid test can be found here: http://www.scottsdalefitnessandhealth.com/stomach-acid.html
- Eat smaller meals more regularly.