If you’re suffering from fatigue, memory problems, weak hair and nails, gas, excessive burping, acid reflux, heartburn, bloating, or indigestion, you may have insufficient stomach acid.
Officially called hydrochloric acid, this compound is essential to digest protein into the building blocks of muscles, tissues, and even your genetic material—amino acids.
Stomach acid also helps ensure the proper absorption of other critical nutrients including: niacin, folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin C, beta carotene, magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium.
Many chronic medical conditions are associated with low stomach acid: thyroid dysfunction, adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue, chronic candida, food allergies, fibromyalgia, chronic intestinal parasites, osteoporosis, chronic iron deficiency, various autoimmune diseases, post-adolescent acne, psoriasis, Restless legs, Rosacea, sore or burning tongue and Vitiligo (skin disorder involving white patches)
Lack of proper stomach acid leads to
- Increased risk of infection
- Increased bacterial overgrowth in the digestive tract (dysbiosis)
- Ulcer formation in the stomach (H. pylori)
- Autoimmune diseases
- Skin conditions
Without proper stomach acid you become mineral deficient and protein malnourished. Low stomach acid eventually creates a vicious cycle: low stomach acid = low minerals = acidic blood