Hydrochloric Acid, Under Production of

What does hydrochloric acid do in the body?

  • Produced by the stomach as the primary agent for breaking apart and absorption of proteins and fats
  • Necessary for proper digestion and assimilation of vitamins and minerals, especially iron

What hinders the production of hydrochloric acid?

The adrenals tell the stomach to produce acid. Whatever taxes the adrenals will impact stomach acid production. (See Adrenal Insufficiency)

Symptoms Inventory

Symptoms of Under-Production of Hydrocloric Acid (HCL)

Digestion-Elimination problems

  • Bloating, belching, and gas immediately after meals
  • Burning sensation in stomach
  • Constipation (or diarrhea)
  • Food allergies (leaky gut)
  • General poor nutritional health
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Iron deficiency
  • Itching around the rectum
  • Nausea after taking supplements
  • Protein deficiency
  • Undigested food in stool
  • Yeast infections (Candida)… and abnormal intestinal flora

Fingernail problems

  • Cracked
  • Peeling
  • Vertical lines or ridges
  • Weak

Skin problems

  • Acne
  • Dilated blood vessels in cheeks and nose of non-alcholoics
Symptoms (continued)

What helps the stomach make sufficient acid?

  • B Vitamins
  • Lemon in water or apple cider vinegar (used during meals will stimulate HCL production)

Additional Notes

9 out of 10 adult Americans aren’t making enough hydrochloric acid. The symptoms of not enough are the same as too much. Antacids may give immediate relief by forcing the stomack to pass the undigested foods off into the intestinal tract, but this doesn’t rectify the problem of low stomach acid. In fact, problems escalate – constipation, leaky gut, yeast and parasite infections, food allergies, chronic fatigue, over-taxed immune system, etc.

A good supply of stomach acid is the first line of defense against parasite infestation.

Conditions related to long term under-production of HCL

  • Addison’s Disease
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Eczema
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Grave’s Disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Hives (chronic)
  • Hyper and Hypothyroidism
  • Lupus
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pernicious Anemia
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rosacea
  • Sjpgren’s Syndrome
  • Thyrotoxicosis
  • Vitiligo (loss of skin pigmenatation)

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