Our ability to digest our food is reduced as we age and one of the main reasons is that we produce less and less stomach acid. So many symptoms we attribute to a, so-called ‘normal’ ageing process, is actually because we have reduced levels of stomach acid. We are simply unable to breakdown proteins, carbohydrates and fats. We are unable to absorb vitamins and minerals as they become less available. This leads to a variety of conditions like heartburn, bloating, flatulence and diarrhoea, post adolescence acne and a few more but also some disorders which are more serious
Chronic Autoimmune Disorders
Gall Bladder Disease
How can you test for low stomach acid?
Well there is a test, not that reliable but if you did every morning for 3 mornings in as row and got consistent results it might indicate a result.
- Mix ¼ teaspoon of baking soda in a small glass of water first thing in the morning before anything else.
- Drink the solution
- Time how long it takes you to burp. Time up to 5 minutes.
If you have enough stomach acid you’d likely burp in two or three minutes, after that or no burp would indicate low stomach acid.
A little apple cider vinegar in a little water before a meal can be useful, otherwise consider taking Betaine with HCl.
Check out this paper from Nutrition Review