Greetings to all Paleohackers!
I am a 22yo/m whose been struggling with low stomach acid for the past couple of years and believe that it's the root cause to my stubborn acne. I am also dealing with seborrhoeic dermatitis that covers my entire nose and is spreading as we speak!
What confuses me are the signs associated with low or even 'enough' stomach acid. I have taken up to 6 HCL Now Foods(650g(ish)) and felt no warmth. Also, one of the symptoms to low stomach acid according to certain websites is excessive burping and bloating. The bloating hasn't gone yet but what is weird is that I have NO burping without any HCL pills, once I include 3-4 pills a meal I notice I burp around 1/5-10mins.
My thoery is that if you have a cup of HCL and place some food into it then gas will be produced, so this would indicate that there is ENOUGH stomach acid present. This could imply that NO burping could be associated with LOW stomach acid. If this is the case why are burps associated with low stomach acid on many websites that I've visited?
In your opinion is burping an indicator of ENOUGH stomach acid?
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I have celiac and low stomach acid. I have been incredibly sick and I am finding at the moment what is working for me is having 2 meals a day and space them out so my poor tummy has time to digest the food and it appears to be working for me.
I've been experiencing this exact same thing. I have been experimenting with HCL for well over half a year now, and what i've finally figured out is, that i have enough stomach acid. When i take ( up to 7x 650mg ) Hcl pills with a meal, ill feel super filled up and.. Burp a lot.
What you need to keep in mind though is, that low stomach acid produces the same symptoms as high stomach acid. And also that not everyone feels the burn, but feel ( Like me ) Just a heavy feeling in my stomach, like foods just sitting there going nowhere.
I'd advice you to really re-evaluate if the symptoms you feel without taking HCL is really stomach acid related, or it's something just like poor digestion.
Best of luck.
Um...i had h.pylori 6 years ago. They most certainly did not check my stool for that...they found it with ablood test. Dont go #2'ing in a cup if you dont have to! Lol
Low stomach acid is almost always a sign of h. pylori overgrowth. My advice: get your stool tested.
Any burping is a result of acid. I think i read that if you're burping 5 minutes after you've eaten, it's due to low stomach acid but most people burp during meals.
Are you taking any anti-acid medication? (or have been before taking the HCL?) My burping usually subsides when i take a ranitidine 150 mg (which obviously reduces the acid levels). I'm still trying to find my dosage for HCL so don't want to offer advice without first hand experience. Chris Kressers articles over at SCD lifestyle are worth a read if you haven't read them?