Stomach acid isn’t bad for you. You need it. Yes, you heard right. In fact, it’s essential for many aspects of your overall well-being! The hydrochloric acid (HCI) in your stomach is the first line of defense against bacteria and parasites that enter your body through food. It also works hard to break down that food (which is a tough job with all of the processed food that’s so popular now!), and it helps your body to absorb the nutrients from those foods so that it can function properly and protect you from various illnesses and infections.

Watch Out For These 3 Signs of Low Stomach Acid

Acid Reflux & Heartburn

Acid reflux is the regurgitation of a mixture of food particles and acid backing up into your throat and mouth. This happens because there isn’t enough acid in the stomach to signal the LES muscle to close, so any acid that IS there can reflux back through. Some cases of acid reflux will be worse than others; you may regurgitate several times daily or you may simply have a bitter taste in your mouth in the mornings when you wake up. That foul morning taste is a sign that you could be regurgitating in your sleep also. It doesn’t taste good, it doesn’t feel good, and it’s most definitely not good for the lining of your esophagus.

 If you have acid reflux then you’ll be familiar with the heartburn that comes with it, thanks to that acid setting your esophagus on fire on its journey upwards. Heartburn is one of the most talked-about symptoms of low stomach acid and it can often be worrying for the patient due to the area where the discomfort is experienced. It happens when the acid reflux you experience damages and irritates the lining of the stomach and esophagus. It’s usually much more prevalent in the esophagus as your stomach naturally has a protective mucous layer to protect it from this acid, but your esophagus does not. This often results in an intense burning searing sensation in the chest area and can instigate panic if the person hasn’t experienced it before. 

In fact, sometimes heartburn can get so painful that the person suffering worries that they’re having a heart attack! However, one way to ensure this isn’t the case is to try changing your position to see if the pain increases or decreases. If the problem is your heart itself rather than heartburn, your pain will not change when you change position and you need to get to the emergency room. In the case of heartburn, your pain may increase when you lie flat on your back or bend over. 

Gas & Bloating

When acid is too low, this means that food will reach the stomach but it doesn’t get properly digested once it gets there. So it hangs around for much longer than it should – like a bad smell, which is literally what it turns into! It starts to ferment when it’s sitting in the gut and emits gas which causes bloating and a general feeling of having too much acid, but it’s actually because you don’t have enough acid. It’s also common to experience increased levels of belching, especially after large meals which cannot be properly digested due to insufficient stomach acid. You may also find that certain foods cause more of an issue for you than others, and this is something that can also be addressed with the help of additional digestive enzymes such as our Digestive Aid.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is a common complaint among those who suffer from low stomach acid. This is due to the stomach contents regurgitating back up the esophagus where it lingers and decays. This is an acidic and pungent smell that can be intensified by the burping also caused by low stomach acid. 

It’s important to maintain excellent oral hygiene when this happens as the acid creeping up into the mouth can also lead to rotting and erosion of your teeth. Which of course worsens the problem of bad breath!

What Happens When Your Stomach Acid Is Too Low?

There are a number of indicators of low stomach acid such as acid reflux, heartburn, and bloating. However these symptoms are often immediately associated with excess acid by both doctors and patients, when you may actually have the opposite problem: insufficient stomach acid! Patients diagnosed with high stomach acid will leave the doctor’s surgery with a prescription for acid blockers such as proton pump inhibitors, antacids, or H2 blockers. But in the case of LOW stomach acid, these simply make the problem worse. Why would you block your stomach acid even further when it’s already too low?

Research into the use of acid-reducing drugs clearly shows the risks of low stomach acid production (1,2). In the long term, these studies have shown that insufficient HCI production can: 

  • Prevent adequate nutrient absorption leading to issues such as lower immunity and poor bone health (often resulting in osteoporosis).
  • Increase the risk of developing SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
  • Prevents the digestive system from functioning optimally as the lower esophageal sphincter muscle stops closing properly to prevent acid reflux.
  • Increased risk of tumor growth in the stomach (studies have not yet confirmed whether these tumors are harmful).

How Did My Stomach Acid Get Too Low In The First Place?

There are a number of reasons for declining levels of stomach acid but there are a few standout causes such as aging, stress, and overuse of antacids. Out of those 3, stress is really one of the most common causes and also a reason why potentially low stomach acid is often overlooked by the medical profession. When you go to see the doctor about indigestion, it’s unlikely the first thing they’ll examine are your stress levels. But this isn’t one of those “oh it’s just anxiety” brush-offs. There is a proven link between the gut and brain that cannot be ignored. 

When you are under significant stress, your body goes into survival mode. Think of it like when your phone battery is running low and you switch it into low power mode; the lights dim and any non-crucial background processes slow down or get disabled so that it can keep functioning a little longer. This is what your body does when it’s under pressure – it focuses on the processes that are critical to keeping you going through that period and your digestive process is one of the first things to get deprioritized as a result. And if you’re chronically stressed then that’s an even bigger problem because research [3] has proven that this causes constant disruption of your digestive process and inhibits acid production. 

Ok, So How Do I Fix It?

If the symptoms we’ve discussed sound familiar, there is a way to naturally get your stomach acid levels back to where they should be. The Reflux Inhibitor that we’ve developed can naturally restore normal acidity in your stomach to support a healthier gut.  

This supplement works by adding Betaine HCI with Pepsin to the gut to increase acidity daily over a period of 120 days until you no longer need the supplements. The goal is to stop the supplements for 120 days as your stomach starts producing acid itself and your symptoms should be resolved.

Use our special reader discount code Reflux30 to try the Reflux Inhibitor for 60 days with a full refund guarantee!