Low stomach acid

Here is a list of symptoms commonly associated with low stomach acid

Bacterial/fungal overgrowth
Bad breath
Diarrhea and constipation
Food sensitivities
A feeling of fullness
Increased incidence of parasitic infections
Malabsorption problems
Nutritional deficiency
Rectal itching
Stomach pain and distress
Unexplained hunger
Weakened hair, nails, and skin
yeast infections, and a host of other ailments

Conditions Linked to Low Stomach Acid

Autoimmune diseases
Chronic candida
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
Chronic hepatitis
Chronic hives
Dry skin
Gallbladder disease
Gastrointestinal (GI) infections and parasites
Hair loss, often caused by not absorbing nutrients properly
Reduced night vision
Rheumatic arthritis
Rosacea or broken capillaries
Thyroid disorders
Type I and II diabetes
Vitiligo (a skin disorder characterized by white patches or spots)
Weakened hair, nails, and skin

(Do NOT use HCL supplements while using medication such as corticosteroids or anti-inflammatory meds like Advil, Tylenol or other NSAIDS. These meds can damage the GI lining and increase the chance of a stomach ulcer if HCL is introduced )

More food based remedies:

– Vitamin U/ Cabbage
A healing enzyme found in cabbage. It can soothe an inflamed stomach lining as well as heal it and fight ulcers. You can take it in in the form of cabbage juice or a supplement like Gastrazyme.

– Sea Salt
Sea Salt provides chloride, the building block of stomach acid (sodium chloride and hydrochloric acid). It also provides trace minerals and raises your metabolism.

– Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
The vinegar is acidic and will slightly lower the pH in the stomach. Frequent doses of raw apple cider vinegar are also effective in correcting candida overgrowth, and candida problems can contribute to low stomach acid production.
After you wake up, drink 1/2-1 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar (it must be raw) in 1/2 cup warm water. Take this before each meal.

Avoid a high fiber diet with low stomach acid
Grain fiber contains large amounts of phytic acid, a compound which “locks” onto minerals like zinc, copper, iron and calcium. Processed grain products, such as bread and cereals, are not properly prepared and contain high amounts of phytic acid. Soaking and fermenting your grains, as practiced by traditional cultures reduces the phytic acid levels.

When stomach acid is optimal, the acid helps to break down the little phytic acid and mineral bundles, rendering some of those previously stolen minerals available to the body. But the body cannot reclaim these nutrients with low stomach acid. Reducing fiber and thereby reducing phytic acid intake, minerals are more efficiently absorbed.

Lots of Water/ Fluids
Drinking lots of fluids reduces your stomach acid production. Over hydrating actually slows metabolism and can cause cellular dehydration.