To increase stomach acid naturally, start by cutting out processed foods. Drinking lemon water, adding ginger to your diet and eating more vegetables can also boost stomach acid. Make sure that you eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly to make digestion as efficient as possible.
What is low stomach acid and what causes it?
Low stomach acid (also known as Hypochlorhydria) is a deficiency in the levels of hydrochloric acid found in the stomach.
Hydrochloric acid is essential for helping the body to digest and break down food into the nutrients it needs. It also helps eliminate viruses and bacteria in the gut.
Low stomach acid can severely impact the body's ability to absorb nutrients and, if left untreated, can cause a number of health and gastrointestinal issues, including acid reflux.
Low stomach acid sufferers experience a variety of symptoms, including but not limited to:
Food is often undigested, which leads to nutritional deficiencies if the condition isn’t corrected. A person with this condition needs to take steps to help increase the amount of stomach acid in their body and alleviate their symptoms.
Low and high stomach acid can both cause acid reflux. The digestive system requires the right balance to properly break down food. When stomach acid is too low, it can lead to indigestion and heartburn that’s associated with acid reflux.
Medications can help you increase stomach acid, such as betaine hydrochloride (HCI) and pepsin.
Diet can also help increase stomach acid levels and alleviate the symptoms you’re experiencing. Natural methods are often recommended for long-term success, although medication may be required in moderate to severe cases.
Processed foods are known to decrease acid activity, amplify acid reflux and cause inflammation. Removing processed foods from your diet and substituting for healthy alternatives can help aid in digestion and allow the body to break down food more adequately.
Lemon water, when consumed in small amounts, can provide an alkalizing effect. Mix a small amount of lemon juice and water together to help neutralize the acid in your stomach. Lemon also helps increase the body’s production of HCI to produce more stomach acid while calming the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Vegetables provide the body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to function optimally, and that includes stomach acid production. Fermented vegetables, like sauerkraut, kimchi and pickles promote healthy stomach acid levels and also help with digestion.
4. Try ginger
Ginger has potent anti-inflammatory properties, but it’s also rich in antioxidants and other chemicals that help with digestion. Its phenolic compounds help prevent stomach irritation and help stop acid from making its way into your esophagus. These properties work together to help promote healthy stomach acid levels.
Eating too quickly makes it harder for your body to digest food. Chewing and saliva play a really important role in the digestive process, so take your time when eating. Savor you food. Chew it thoroughly. Aim to chew each bite 32 times to break down your food before it reaches your stomach.
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