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Low Stomach Acid and What You Can Do About It!

Low stomach acid, also known as hypochlorhydria, is a condition where the stomach produces insufficient amounts of hydrochloric acid. This can lead to a variety of symptoms and complications, including indigestion, heartburn, bloating, and malnutrition. Yes, malnutrition!!! If you are not producing enough stomach acid then essential nutritents are not being extracted from you food. Common nutrient deficiencies include iron and B12. Funny thing is, we need B12 to produce stomach acid!!!

There are several potential causes of low stomach acid, including aging, certain medications, and chronic stress. However, some lifestyle choices can also contribute to low stomach acid. Eating too fast, a diet low in B12 (common in vegetarians and vegans), and eating on the go. Often in my clients with IBS low stomach acid is a common issue. When we work on improving stomach acid we see an improvement in gut issues. And what a relief that can be!!

There are a few things you can try to improve low stomach acid:

  1. Eat more fermented foods: Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir, contain beneficial bacteria that can help improve digestion.

  2. Mindful eating: aim to find a relaxing space to eat, switch off screens and chew, chew, chew!

  3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals: Eating smaller, more frequent meals can help reduce the strain on the digestive system. This is especially helpful for older people who are less active.

  4. Avoid eating large meals: Large meals especially in the evening can overburden the digestive system, leading to indigestion and other digestive issues.

  5. Avoid trigger foods: Certain foods, such as spicy foods, fried foods, and carbonated beverages, can exacerbate symptoms of low stomach acid.

  6. Try stress-reducing techniques: Chronic stress can interfere with digestion and lead to low stomach acid. Practicing stress-reducing techniques, such as meditation or yoga, may help improve digestion.

If you have persistent gut issues it's important to consult with a healthcare provider to rule out any underlying conditions. If your symptoms still persist then please don't hesitate to get in contact with Marie as a Nutritional Therapist that specialises in gut health she is able to identify the triggers that may be causing your issues and be able to help to rebalance your gut health helping you feel able to live without those embarrassing symptoms that make you want to be anti-social.

Check out her service page where you can arrange a free 30 minute gut reset session.

Marie has helped many people over the last few years reduce or resolve their gut issues and be able live their lives without embarrassing or uncomfortable digestive complaints.

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