Acid reflux? Do you have too much or not enough stomach acid?
Having not enough stomach acid will actually cause the same side effects of having too much, so how would you really know? Here a test for you to try, when you are currently experiencing the symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, or acid reflux take 1-2 tablespoons full of fresh lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar. If this starts to alleviate the pain and the symptoms, then that means you do not have enough stomach acid. If it makes the problems worse then you have too much stomach acid.
I hardly ever get heartburn, however, the past week our house got hit with this nasty virus, and I was taken down by this nasty stomach bug and wasn’t able to keep water down. After the bug was over I was starving, however, any time I wanted to eat no matter what is was that I ate it caused severe indigestion. Knowing that I just spend a couple days woofing my cookies, I thought to myself that I more than likely have very low stomach acid. So I took my fresh lemon and squeezed out all of the juice and drank it up, within minutes the pain was gone and I was able to eat food again. I continued for the rest of the day to drink luke warm strong lemon water to help build the acid back up.
9 out of 10 times people do not have enough stomach acid
I feel that acid reflux is the leading diagnoses given out by our medical field today. Almost everyone I know is getting diagnosed with some form of acid reflux and is given medication for the rest of their lives, or for many years at least. My husband, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles have all recently been given medication for acid reflux. If you are on acid reflux medication, I highly suggest you read the little pamphlet that comes with the medication. It clearly states that the medication should not be used over a 2-3 week time frame, yet our Dr’s are prescribing this medication for months even years.
There is a ton of over the counter medication out there for everyone who suffers from indigestion, but there are so many other practical natural ways to help alleviate the symptoms of indigestion such as essential oils, or even just changing your diet. A lot of our health concerns can be totally reversed by proper nutrition. Our gut is our second brain, and it ifs not happy then the rest of your body is not happy either, such as causing bad indigestion.
Successful treatment is based on restoring adequate stomach acid production and eliminating bacterial overgrowth.¹
- Reduce factors that promote bacterial overgrowth and low stomach acid.
- Replace stomach acid, enzymes and nutrients that aid digestion and are necessary for health.
- Restore beneficial bacteria and a healthy mucosal lining in the gut.
There are many reasons why you should know what you are suffering from, because if you already have low stomach acid and you take an antacid it will neutralize the remaining stomach acid that you have left. This makes it very hard to properly digest your food, making the food get digested in your intestines, causing bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhoea. Every morning before I do anything I drink a warm glass of water filled with the juice from half of a freshly squeezed lemon, to help wake up my digestion system and help with my stomach acid.
If you are suffering from consistent indigestion, acid reflux, or heartburn, I would recommend doing the lemon juice test. If you find that it helps alleviate the symptoms, I suggest speaking with your Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Naturopath, or MD.