Is Low Stomach Acid Causing Your Digestive Discomfort?

July 09, 2018

Is Low Stomach Acid Causing Your Digestive Discomfort?

Written by Dr. Michael Murray

Although much is said about hyperacidity conditions, a more common cause of indigestion is a lack of gastric acid secretion. It is estimated that approximately 40% of people over the age of 40 may suffer from hypochlorhydria or gastric acid secretion. That is more than double the amount of people who may be secreting too much acid.

Common Symptoms Resulting From Low Secretion of HCl and Pepsin

  • Bloating, belching, burning or flatulence within the first 30 minutes after eating
  • A sense of “fullness” nearly immediately after eating
  • Nausea after taking supplements
  • Weak, peeling and cracked fingernails

The stomach’s optimal pH range for digestion is 1.5-2.5. The use of antacids and acid-blocker drugs will typically raise the pH above 3.5. This increase effectively inhibits the action of pepsin, an enzyme involved in protein digestion that can be irritating to the stomach. As a result, people taking these drugs often feel temporary relief. However, they may actually be hurting their digestive process because both hydrochloric acid and pepsin preform vital functions.

Why Antacids & Acid-Blocking Drugs Disrupt Your Digestion

Hydrochloric acid (HCl) secretion in the stomach aids in protein digestion. It also activates the protein-digesting enzyme pepsin, fights off the undesirable overgrowth of bacteria in the stomach and small intestine and encourages the flow of bile and pancreatic enzymes. Hydrochloric acid also facilitates the absorption of many nutrients, including folate, vitamin B12, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, iron, and some forms of calcium, magnesium and zinc. It is a major domino that must fall in order for everything else downstream.

Not only does low HCL and pepsin lead to improper protein digestion and nutrient absorption, it also promotes the overgrowth of the bacteria, Helicobacter pylori, that is associated with indigestion and stomach irritation.

Another Option for Indigestion: Betaine HCL

Enzymedica’s Betaine HCL with Pepsin and MucoSave® can help to acidify the stomach and activate the digestive process while taking advantage of the protective effects of MucoSave® on the stomach lining.* MucoSave® is a patented combination of special extracts of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus indica) and olive leaves (Olea europaea) that is specially designed to support and maintain a healthy mucosal system in the stomach. It is also helpful with occasional, minor gastric upset or irritation.

The recommended dosage is one or two capsules with meals up to three times daily or as directed by your health care provider.

Have a question? Leave a comment below.

Related Posts

  • Having a Healthy Cookout
    Having a Healthy Cookout

    Memorial Day is coming, and it’s the perfect time for a cookout. However, if you’re watching your weight or your health, this may be a bit concerning, as many of the classic cookout favorites aren’t necessarily the best foods for you. Red mea...

  • Unlocking Health Benefits With Betaine
    Unlocking Health Benefits With Betaine

    Our continued evolution into an increasingly health-conscious society has catapulted the natural health industry to heights never before seen. In our quest to combat the toxic byproducts and effects of our modernized society, we have turned b...

  • 4 Ways to Decrease Gas and Bloating
    4 Ways to Decrease Gas and Bloating

    Gas and bloating may be natural byproducts of eating, but that doesn’t mean they’re not embarrassing. For some of us, our symptoms can be so bad that we stop eating some of the foods we love—but this isn’t the only way to solve the problem. T...

  • Sculpting a Summer Body with Betaine
    Sculpting a Summer Body with Betaine

    You don’t need cosmetic procedures to get a sculpted beach body for the summer. With exercise supported by betaine supplementation, you may be able to enjoy a healthier body composition and the appearance you want. What is Betaine? Betaine, a...

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Articles on Natural Digestive Health and Wellness

All Your Enzyme Questions Answered
All Your Enzyme Questions Answered

November 13, 2018

We’re passionate about how powerful and important natural digestive enzymes are, so we’ve assembled a helpful guide to give you simple, straightforward explanations to your enzyme questions.

Continue Reading

5 Ways to Encourage Healthy Habits in Kids
5 Ways to Encourage Healthy Habits in Kids

October 08, 2018

It can be challenging keeping kids healthy, especially with the demands of school, work and other life activities. Get a leg up on the season this year by following one of these five suggestions for healthier habits and healthier kids.

Continue Reading

Let's Talk About Poop... No, Really.
Let's Talk About Poop... No, Really.

October 03, 2018

If there’s one thing you’d rather not talk to your family, your best friend or even your doctor about… it’s poop. Yet, our poop can tell us so much about our health that it’s something we should be aware of.

Continue Reading