LOW STOMACH ACID (HCl) : Anxiety, Bloating, Indigestion, Weight Gain
Stomach acid, or hydrochloric acid (HCl) is a highly acidic digestive juice that is secreted by the cells lining the stomach. The release of HCl secretion is triggered when food enters the stomach. If foods are not broken down properly because of low HCl, amino-acids may not be digested which are needed for feel-good hormone Serotonin, foods will not be assimilated efficiently leading to weight gain and the stomach will be sensitive and unable to break down toxins.
Other Causes Can Include:
refined, sugary, processed foods, and fast foods
Carbonated beverages (including sparkling water) during food consumption can shut down digestion process. Small sips of room temp water during meal is ideal.
Caffeine consumption speeds transit and empties the stomach too quickly.
Stress is an emotional factor that also contributes to underactive stomach.
The state of mind of the person at mealtime will affect digestion as digestive secretions that breakdown food are not flowing sufficiently. (ex. Rushed eating)
Conditions Associated with Low HCl
Anxiety: Hormones are made of amino acids. They can only be made if the gut is
digesting food properly with proper HCl and providing these building blocks. Cortisol is the hormone produced by the adrenal gland. Without sufficient supply, the adrenal gland can get exhausted causing symptoms of anxiety.
Poor absorption of all minerals including Calcium, magnesium etc.
Gas and bloating, undigested food particles in stools, diarrhea, indigestion
Constipation and slow transit time.
Fermentation of food causing bloating, puffiness and gas.
An underactive stomach will affect the proper functioning of the colon, leading to
How To Increase HCl
Do Eat or drink something bitter just before eating to improve digestive flow.
Do Take Apple Cider Vinegar Shot just before eating.
Do Increase water consumption during the day.
Do Eat slowly, remember to chew thoroughly
Do Eat smaller meals more often
Do Eat fruits on their own.
Don't drink before or during eating.
Don't drink carbonated beverages as this can affect HCL levels.
Don't drink Caffeine which reduces HCl
Don't sweat the small stuff. Focus on gratitude.