I never heard anything about low stomach acid levels until I started researching ways to rid myself of acid reflux. During my research I found info on low stomach acid levels, in fact I think this is the real problem with almost all cases of digestive problems.
Think about this – Stomach acid levels tend to Decrease as we age! This is understandable as many other things tend to not work as well as we age. We tend to not have as many of the cells that produce the acid in the stomach.
This condition is known as atrophic gastritis. Although its not the only cause of age related stomach acid decline, it is the major one.
Younger people tend to not have indigestion while people in their mid- 20’s on up get it more frequently.
Does this make sense to you?
The group of people that generally has the higher amounts of acid in their stomachs, young people, has the lower instance of reflux and heartburn.
The group of people that has a higher percentage with less acid, older people, also has the most incidence of acid reflux and heartburn.
I am no doctor and I am not dispensing medical advice here, but if what I said above doesn't make you think, how about this - Before the doctor put you on acid suppressing pills, did anyone measure the acid levels in your stomach?
Here are some of the symptoms of having too little acid in the stomach from atrophic gastritis
These are just some, I didn’t list them all. Do any of those sound familiar? They should because most are the same symptoms as acid reflux caused by too much acid!
If you don't have enough acid in the stomach food doesn’t get broken down like it should and nutrients cannot be extracted and absorbed by your lower digestive tract. The stomach and small intestine can get overgrown with bad bacteria that normally wouldn’t survive there.
Every day millions of bad germs get into your body through the food we eat, the air we breathe or touching anything to the mouth, nose or lips. It is just an unavoidable part of being in a human body. Normal stomach acid levels kill these threats.
Low stomach acid levels allow for more of these bad germs to get a foothold and cause illnesses like salmonella.
The worst effects of atrophic gastritis come from decades of low stomach acid levels. If low levels can make us this sick, do you think it is wise to be taking pills that essentially do the same thing as atrophic gastritis, lower or eliminate stomach acid?
If this interests you and you want to learn more, here is a really great book on the subject; Why Stomach Acid Is Good for You: Natural Relief from Heartburn, Indigestion, Reflux and GERD
Let me be clear and say that there is no study that I found that says taking acid reducing pills will cause these problems, but they haven't been around that long yet.
Are you beginning to see how important a healthy digestive system is? Your goal should be more than to just rid yourself of acid reflux or heartburn. It might be time to take an active role in getting your health back and doing what you can to keep it before it leads to something worse.
Click the following link if you want to try to rid yourself of acid reflux naturally, and it doesn't matter if you have low stomach acid or too much, the fix is basically the same.