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Acid Reflux and Heartburn Not Always Caused by High Acidity in the Stomach
As we age our ability to absorb and assimilate our food and vital nutrients dwindles. One of the most common causes of gastic problems is the reduction not increase in hydrocholoric acid in the stomach.
Hydrochloric acid (HCl) is an important stomach juice that is secreted that helps us to digest protein, activate enzymes and hormones, and protect against bacterial overgrowth in the gut. Believe it or not achlorhydria (the complete absence of stomach acid) and hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) are common digestive problems.
Symptoms of low stomach acid include heartburn, indigestion and bloating, among others. Additionally, a number of chronic health conditions are correlated with impaired acid secretion, including allergies, asthma and gallstones. Symptoms of low stomach acid frequently occur several hours after eating and can include a desire to eat when not hungry, a sense of fullness after meals, flatulence, constipation and diarrhea. Symptoms that may persist regardless of eating food can include feeling soreness and burning of the mouth.
Researchers in Japan have also measured a similar age-related drop in gastric acidity in elderly Japanese subjects. In 1984 researchers found that 60 percent of Japanese men and women over 50 years age suffered from achlorhydria. New research based on data collected from 1989 to 1999 continued to substantiate a substantial age-related decrease in stomach acid production, though the total percentage of achlorhydric subjects dropped from 60 percent to 40 percent.
Jonathan Wright, MD, states, "In 24 years of nutritionally oriented practice, I've worked with thousands of individuals who've found the cause of their heartburn and indigestion to be low stomach acidity. In nearly all of these folks, symptoms have been relieved and digestion improved when they've taken supplemental hydrochloric acid and pepsin capsules. (Certainly it would be preferable that our stomach production of hydrochloric acid and pepsin be restored on its own, but a reliable way to do this hasn't been found.
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Heather Caruso B.Sc., DHMS, best selling author of "Your Drug Free Guide to Digestive Health".