If you’re suffering from bloating, gas, indigestion, and frequently even heartburn, you may have insufficient stomach acid. Officially called hydrochloric acid, this compound is essential to digest protein into the building blocks of muscles, tissues, and even your genetic material—amino acids. Stomach acid also helps ensure the proper absorption of other critical nutrients, including: niacin, folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin C, beta carotene, magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium.
As we age, hydrochloric acid tends to become depleted. Additionally, it is reduced by eating complex meals (that’s most meals), excessive eating, and high protein intake. And if you have a sluggish thyroid gland you may be prone to insufficient hydrochloric acid.
Not only can hypochlorhydria (as it is officially called) result in nutritional deficiencies it can cause fatigue, insufficient pancreatic digestive enzymes, and food allergies. But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some of the symptoms associated with low stomach acid. Don’t forget to check out my article 12 Ways to Supercharge Your Digestion to discover ways to restore stomach acid and other digestion tips.
Keep reading to discover the symptoms and health conditions linked to low stomach acid…Some symptoms and conditions associated with low stomach acid:
Dilated capillaries in the cheeks and nose (in non-alcoholics)
Distention after eating
Fingernails that are weak, peeling, and cracked
Hair loss in women
Multiple food allergies
Nausea after taking supplements
Sore or burning tongue
Vitiligo (skin disorder involving white patches)
Source: Slater, PhD, DNM, CHT, RNCP, ROHP, Cobi. Wellness News, August 27, 1012. http://www.DrCobi.com.