Stomach Acid – Do You Have Too Much or Too Little? How To Correct it Naturally?

Have you experienced a inflamed oesophagus, bad breath, bloating and belching, feeling or being sick, difficulty swallowing, pain when swallowing, a sore throat and hoarseness, a persistent cough or wheezing, which may be worse at night, tooth decay and gum disease.

Acid reflux is a burning sensation in the chest caused by stomach acid travelling up towards your throat.

The way the system is supposed to work is that stomach acid breaks proteins into amino acids.  The amino acids go downstream, are absorbed, and the body makes its own proteins.

When you don’t have stomach acid, whole proteins get absorbed.  The immune system recognizes that it didn’t make those proteins and assumes they are viruses.  It makes antibodies to these food proteins.  Soon you are allergic to the foods you most commonly eat.  You feel bad after every meal as your body attacks your food and as a result you feel tired about 30 minutes after you eat.

Your system tries to isolate these proteins and often stores them in fat—thus you gain weight.

The antibodies make your blood sticky.  This increases your risk of blood clots and makes it hard for the blood to pick up and deliver oxygen.  As your body oxygen levels drop, your metabolism gets worse and anaerobic microorganisms, (that do not need oxygen to survive), begin to grow.

This process often starts with GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease).  When you don’t make enough stomach acid, you develop gas as your stomach tries to digest your food.  These gas bubbles are surrounded by stomach acid.  The bubbles float up into your esophagus and you belch. You taste stomach acid and your esophagus burns.

Thus you think you have too much stomach acid when the real problem is that you have too little.

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Your stomach feels better when you take antacids and/or drugs that shut down your stomach acid.  However, this insures that you will develop chronic disease!  You will become allergic to your proteins.  In addition, the body cannot absorb zinc without stomach acid.  Without zinc, you cannot make neurochemicals like serotonin, so you become depressed.  Zinc is also necessary for over 360 known biochemical reactions including proper prostate function.

Stomach acid is your “front door”.  It is intended to help kill infectious things like bacteria, fungus and parasites.  Without it, they have an open invitation to invade your body

These problems begin when you can’t make enough stomach acid.  Making stomach acid requires iodine, zinc, and vitamin B1 as well as water, salt, and CO2.  Almost everyone is deficient in iodine and about 80% of the population is deficient in zinc.  Many are deficient in the B vitamins.  Thus we have another reason for so many to be depressed and tired from reacting to their foods and obese as well.

The solution is to correct your stomach’s ability to make stomach acid by correcting these deficiencies.  This usually takes 3-4 months. During that time, take Betaine HCl that acts like stomach acid. You should eat a few bites of food before you take it so it won’t aggravate your stomach.  Take it with each meal until you have time to correct your iodine, B1 and zinc levels. Do not take it beyond the 3-4 months.

This Post has been condensed from Dr. Jerry Tennant’s article, Stomach Acid,

Dr. Tennant has been acknowledged by his peers by awarding him Top 20 Alternative Doctors in America and more.

The goal is to correct your stomach’s ability to make stomach acid.  

Dr McBride says, take Betaine HCl only with main meals when fats and meats in the meal will bind it.  Don’t take Betaine HCl permanently, it is a temporary measure.  

She says it is always more difficult to digest food in the evenings, so try to avoid eating late and make it mostly vegetables (less meat and fat).

To restore your normal stomach acid production, Dr. McBride recommends a stomach acidity stimulator: cabbage juice, fresh cabbage salad or a small helping of sauerkraut 5-10 minutes before the meal, then the stomach will be ready and full of acid. If this measure is not enough, then use Betaine HCl &Pepsin with large meals only.

GAPS recommended source of Betaine HCl

Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride is a medical doctor with two postgraduate degrees: Master of Medical Sciences in Neurology and Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition.

She graduated as a medical doctor in Russia. After practicing for five years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she started a family and moved to the UK, where she got her second postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition.

She is well known for developing a concept of GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome). Thousands of people around the world follow the highly successful GAPS Nutritional Protocol to help themselves and their families. You can learn about GAPS on

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