Too High or Too Low, the State of This in Your System Could be Causing Painful Symptomstweet
While we may not take too much notice of what is going on in our stomach, and especially our gut, when something goes wrong then we really become aware of any discomfort. The acid in your stomach is so concentrated that if you were to place some on a piece of wood, it would eat right through it.
The stomach is protected from these harsh stomach acids with an inbuilt defence system
If problems, pain and discomfort arise, we might think that we have too much stomach acid but the opposite could just as easily be true. It can be confusing because you can have the same symptoms of heartburn and indigestion whether the stomach acid is too low or too high. The trick is to know which.
Why the state of your stomach acid is important for absorbing nutrients
Stomach acid is a very important first step in digestion as insufficient stomach acid means you cannot absorb B12 plus you could have problems absorbing zinc and several other nutrients. Then proteins will not break down properly, causing trouble in the small intestine or getting absorbed in their whole state into the bloodstream. Stomach acid is the first line of defence against disease, after saliva
Two simple tests to check on the state of your stomach acid
The Urine Test – eat some beets and then check your urine over the next couple of hours. If it turns red, then you have low stomach acid and need to rectify the situation.
The Baking Soda Test - the stomach acid reacts with baking soda to form carbon dioxide and water. By taking a small amount of baking soda, and timing how long it takes for you to burp or belch, will give an indication of your stomach acid level – whether it is too high or too low. If it was just right, you would not be experiencing any symptoms in the first place but the test can give you that information too!
1. It is best to perform this test in the morning before having anything to eat or drink. Your stomach acid should be at its lowest ph (or most acidic) in the morning.
2. Mix a quarter teaspoon baking soda in an 8 ounce glass of water and drink.
3. Time how long it takes you to burp – no need to time after 5 minutes have passed.
(a) If you burp immediately and a lot – your stomach acid level is probably too high. (if you start burping immediately, you do not need to finish the glass).
(b) If you burp in 2 to 3 minutes your acid levels are about right.
(c) If it takes 5 minutes or longer to burp, your stomach acid is probably too low.
So if you test for too low, how can you increase your stomach acid levels?
- Histamine could be key as it helps trigger the release of stomach acid. Histamine is found especially in fermented foods such as cabbage juice, sauerkraut or other fermented vegetables while adequate zinc is also necessary to produce stomach acid.(remember what’s not absorbed well without it?).
- Try a squeeze of lemon juice in water, raw apple cider vinegar in water or a small serving of whole food probiotics with your meals to improve stomach acid, digestion, nutrient absorption and gut microbial balance.
- Spices, teas and herbs such chamomile, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, nettles and other “bitters” will also stimulate digestion.
If your stomach acid is too high, The simplest remedy is to drink more water and regularly
According to the post by Sayer Ji on his site: “water extinguishes stomach acid 175 times faster than some drugs. For additional research on natural, albeit palliative “acid reflux” solutions, GreenMedInfo.com contains a list of two dozen substances which have been researched to have potential therapeutic value. Also, consider eliminating wheat as it has a prominent dark side which may have profound bearing on chronic heartburn symptoms.”
Too high or too low, the important thing is to get those stomach acid levels normal.