Stomach Acid

Stomach Acid

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by 10 · about 8 hours ago

So, my lack of stomach acid is evident. I never burp, never get heartburn / reflux etc. Chronic indigestion for 10 years. Should I keep increasing the dose? I'm doing this on Chris Kresser's advice to keep increasing the dose until you feel... (more)

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raydawg 0 · September 11, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Take them before you eat.  Add in digestive bitters.  Supplement with magnesium, selenium, zinc.   Did you happen to have your gall bladder removed? If so, also take oxbile, or take a Betaine-HCL supplement that has oxbile in... (more)

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by 0 · about 8 hours ago

Stomach acid is essential to break down fats and protein. Does anybody know if fruits and vegetables require stomach acid, even if to a lesser extent e.g. small amounts, in order to be broken down? Even 100g of kale contains 4g protein so I... (more)

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by 53 · about 8 hours ago

Okay so. I'm driving myself crazy as I usually do trying to clear my skin and remain healthy, but I feel like I just always run into more obstacles. Low stomach acid seems like a fairly common issue, and a lot of people unknowingly suffer... (more)

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by 84 · about 8 hours ago

Hi! Recently i've been having some of stomach cramps and in the last 2 weeks i've been feeling a lump in my throat. It's almost gone in the mornings but gets worse throughout the day. I can swallow food normally, i think, but it feels kinda... (more)

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JenJen 0 · November 03, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Silent acid reflux is a real possibility. Lump in throat is very common symptom. See here for some details on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laryngopharyngeal_reflux Follow usual stuff for fixing GERD to get relief - e.g. fixing the gut,... (more)

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by 0 · about 8 hours ago

In 5 weeks, I'm facing a c-section. This will be my 5th c-section in about 7 years, so needless to say, I'm a bit of a veteran. With each one, I've become more conscious and vocal about the drugs I'm given before, during and after surgery. That's... (more)

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Methodician 0 · September 06, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Rice... maybe a white potato or potato chips fried in a healthy oil. And if they give you any crap about it just tell them you're gluten intolerant and your system will react badly to the wheat in saltines, pasta, and other junk. In the 3-4 days... (more)

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by 30 · about 8 hours ago

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... (more)

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andrea_15 0 · April 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM

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. (more)

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by 4181 · about 8 hours ago

I just had a shot of cider vinegar before a meal and although there is still some discomfort (as per usual) it seems lessened Could this be a placebo or has it helped digestion? I think I have low stomach acid Is there a danger in this? In... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · March 08, 2013 at 6:36 PM

There are lots of benefits. This site lists some: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/the-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/ I mix it with water because it burns my throat to just shoot it. Even a shot can touch your teeth, which... (more)

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by 213 · about 8 hours ago

Might it be good for health for other reasons? Or might clay be bad for health in some way? Will it significantly affect stomach acid? Edit: I took a couple tablespoons in water yesterday and I had a couple bowel movements today, which is... (more)

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joanna_4 0 · November 27, 2012 at 2:36 AM

i have tried terramin clay for my digestive problems, but i never noticed any benefits from it. it also didn't hurt either. just had a placebo effect. it does have a lot of minerals though so it might be good to take it anyways.

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by 1173 · about 8 hours ago

I know there is a lot of talk about drinking during a meal leading to dilution of stomach acid. I supplement with betaine HCl because I believe I have low stomach acid. However, I was thinking today about the water content of whole foods like... (more)

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MarkES 0 · November 01, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Yes, there does seem to be info to support Control of Gastric Emptying by adjusting liquids/solids of a meal. Assuming the fast-food examples in this source still apply to whole foods. Note the composition of the liquid is a factor and water... (more)

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by 117 · about 8 hours ago

Hi, Another post from me on bloating. What could possibly cause bloating from drinking water? Been fasting all day, the first thing to enter my mouth was a litre of room temperature salted water and this caused me to bloat massively?? It... (more)

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Varelse 0 · August 07, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Ahh, the NSAIDS and antibiotics! With the onset you described, it sounds like they may have killed/altered your gut flora. I'd suggest trying some probiotics. To get you jump-started, you can take the pill form (make sure they are -live- with food... (more)

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by 117 · about 9 hours ago

Hi, Every time I eat no matter what food (even plain room temp water) I bloat out a lot (pregnant looking), Heart beat gets very strong (palpitations), and I get very tired. I am generally very fatigued and have had to quit all exercise because... (more)

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Jamie_14 0 · July 29, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I would offer advice on something digestive, but you have alot of unusual symptoms there like dizziness (blood pressure), bounding pulse (is it faster, or just stronger?), hunger and tiredness. As much as I find doctors can sometimes be obtuse,... (more)

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by 117 · about 9 hours ago

I have found that I have low stomach acidity and have been taking betaine hcl/super enzymes for about a month now however I never get that burning sensation or proper digestion. My digestion just seems to be less bad the more I take. This is even... (more)

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Want2BHealthyGirl 0 · May 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Try drinking kombucha tea. I was taking betaine hcl to help with my stomach acid and once I started drinking the tea I don't need the stomach acid help anymore. I'm sure it's because the kombucha tea is fermented, so probably eating or drinking... (more)

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by 5531 · about 9 hours ago

All the nutrition reading I've been doing in class and on the internets makes me wake up thinking about this stuff now. Most of the paleo community suggests a protein packed first meal these days (pastured eggs and bacon anyone?) I know I feel... (more)

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Lucas_Tafur 0 · November 13, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I interpret the evidence regarding circadian rhythms as a "proof" that we have adapted to eat in the evening and fast in the morning. Secretion vs. hours is seen below. Gastric acid secretion starts peaking in the evening and is reduced... (more)

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by 1186 · about 9 hours ago

My sis's ulcer has acted up severely since transitioning to strict paleo from a diet of mostly sugar and french fries. She's at the point now where any food is causing stomach pain/nausea, and feels she must try some starchy foods again to get... (more)

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wmertens 0 · September 16, 2011 at 9:46 PM

I don't think you want to stress her body extra by switching to a relatively extreme (low carb) diet from what it was. Stress in any form is not good. Just removing sugar/excessive fructose and wheat from her diet and otherwise not changing... (more)

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by 1515 · about 9 hours ago

Betaine-HCl is often recommended to increase stomach acid and thus digestion. However, I found this comment by Art Ayers in which he refutes that it would work. Could it actually be counter-productive? What about a supplement that not only... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · July 08, 2011 at 10:26 PM

I don't have any science to back up my answer here, just personal experience. At times in my life when I've had heartburn, betaine supplements with meals for a few days has stopped it completely. I always attributed it to improving my stomach... (more)

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by 422 · about 9 hours ago

Heya, I've been on the Paleo diet for about 3 weeks now (started the day after Thanksgiving, haw) and I'm noticing that in the morning, my stomach is really acidy! I had my gallbladder out 6 years ago, and had IBS ever since. That's cleared up a... (more)

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Lurene_Grenier 0 · December 15, 2010 at 6:06 PM

If you're used to eating at a certain time and you don't, you'll get this issue - your stomach is gearing up to digest food it doesn't get. Apart from this the real solution is more vegetables, however you can test this pretty easily. Go get... (more)

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by 60 · about 9 hours ago

I remember reading somewhere that drinking before/after (10 minutes or so) and during the meal dilutes gastric juice PH level in the stomach and therefore contributes to lesser digestion quality. Does anyone have any more details (time, amount,... (more)

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Krish 0 · July 15, 2010 at 8:50 AM

I've been wondering about this myself recently (if I should hold the water until between meals for rehydration or feel free to drink with meals). Here's the conundrum. Water clearly lowers the pH of the gastric juice by its addition. However,... (more)

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by 154 · October 21, 2014 at 4:13 AM

I believe I may have a case of low stomach acid, as I have a hard time digesting protein based foods, and have developed allergies to most of them. A solution I see being proposed, is drinking some lemon juice before eating a meal to aid in... (more)

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by 53 · October 21, 2014 at 4:11 AM

happy holidays everyone! So i have been taking betaine hcl (about 5,000 with each meal) and less with smaller snacks. I have h pylori and believe that is what is suppressing my stomach acid. i just bought a juicer, and have been juicing greens. ... (more)

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by 117 · October 21, 2014 at 3:53 AM

Hi guys, For the last 7 months or so I have been experiencing gastrointestinal problems (heavy bloating, constipation, fatigue, etc) which have gotten increasingly worse over the last few months. It started sometime after I took too many NSAIDs... (more)

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Renee_2 0 · June 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I can't diagnose the issue but I have had IBS for 15 years. I do find that probiotics a big help. Like you, I can't eat saukerkraut (FODMAPS are too gassy for me) but I take a powdered probiotic (Custom Probiotics, 11-strains of bacteria, you... (more)

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by 734 · October 21, 2014 at 3:53 AM

I've heard that digestive enzymes are often destroyed by stomach acid (and therefore a capsule is needed to protect the enzymes from the stomach acid), but there's nothing protecting raw food, and yet it is often praised for the digestive enzymes... (more)

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James_3 0 · June 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

It's a bit more complicated than you think. 1) What specific enzyme are you thinking that you need? There's multiple ones out there, with affects in various spots in the digestive tract. 2) Where do you want it to work? In the stomach? In the... (more)

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by 3717 · October 21, 2014 at 3:26 AM

I read Melissa's story about her experiences with GERD re-posted on MDA's time capsule here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/weekend-link-love-159/#more-22927 (thanks for sharing, Melissa). Her story prompts this question. As a former GERD... (more)

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John_J__Collins 0 · September 23, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Tom: I have not read Melissa's story. But based on what you state: It is very difficult to objectively measure when/if you are back to optimal, so the main measure would be subjective (patient's description/ symptoms etc.). Yes, it takes time... (more)

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by 91 · October 20, 2014 at 4:02 AM

A lot of people claim that nowadays most doctors have misdiagnosed most patients with GERD and that they have too little stomach acid and not too much stomach acid. They claim that proton pump inhibitors are doing the opposite of what should be... (more)

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Torben_Deumert 0 · August 24, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Actually, I don't think the common theory of "too much acid = GERD" makes much such to begin with. I mean think about the reasoning when it comes to heartburn: The cause of the heartburn is that stomach acid gets in contact with the esophagus.... (more)

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