Ayurveda

Signs of Low Stomach Acid – What is Stomach Acid?

The acid produced in the stomach is called stomach acid. Here is the list of signs that you will experience if the acid in your stomach is low:

  • Bloating, burning, belching and flatulence immediately after meals
  • An unusual sense of “fullness” after meals
  • Chronic candidia infections
  • Multiple food allergies
  • Indigestion
  • Regurgitation
  • Heartburn
  • Excessive salivation
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Undigested food in stools
  • Unusual hair loss
  • Itching around the rectum
  • Weak fingernails that are fragile and look peeled

What is stomach acid:

Acid produced by the stomach is called stomach acid. Stomach produces hydrochloric acid or HCl to kill the unhealthy bacteria that are normally ingested with the food.This acid is a very important part of the digestive system. It maintains a low pH (acidic environment) in the stomach. It also activates the enzyme pepsin that breaks down proteins in the diet.

If the concentration of the acid is too low, a condition called hypochlorhdyria develops. When the acid in the stomach is almost nil, the condition is called achlorhyrdia. In this condition, there is abnormal growth of bacteria in the stomach with improper digestion. The above list gives all the signs that a person having low stomach acid experiences as a consequence of lack of acid.

Some of the diseases and conditions in which the stomach has low acid are:

Diseases:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Pancreatic tumor
  • Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Congenital mucolipidosis

Conditions:

  • Excessive usage of antacids
  • Radiation therapy targeting the stomach
  • As a complication of gastric bypass surgery
  • Stomach cancer

If you have above signs of low acid, it is advised that you consult a health care practitioner immediately as there can be many other complications waiting to manifest. Low stomach acid may be

one of the symptoms

of other gastrointestinal problems, but it can also be an

extremely dangerous

disorder of the stomach.

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