Anti-acids and acid blockers have a negative effect on general health (Common conditions associated with low stomach acid)

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 Common conditions associated with low stomach acid

Low acid secretion in the stomach can cause a few health conditions:

  • Asthma and allergies
  • Food sensitivities
  • Depression
  • Low energy
  • Microbial overgrowth like Candida and Helicobacter pylori
  • Pernicious anaemia (lack of Vit B12)
  • Stomach cancer
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Skin disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gallbladder and / or pancreas malfunction
  • Inflammation of the digestive system
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Mineral dificiencies

Common signs of low stomach acid

  • Loss of taste for meat and high protein food – difficult to digest
  • Dilated capillaries around the nose and cheeks
  • Nails are soft, brittle or peel
  • Hair loss
  • Cracks on tongue centrally
  • Bad breath
  • Bad body odour
  • Undigested food in stools
  • Burning feeling in stomach that can be relieved with food or aggrevated
  • Continuous heartburn and reflux up to four hours after eating
  • Bloating, belching and farting after eating
  • Cramps in legs and feet (poor mineral absorption)
  • Nausea immediately after taking supplements
  • Constipation on a regular basis
  • Always feeling hungry

Possible causes for low stomach acid

  • Unbalanced diet (lack of Vit B1, B6 and zinc)
  • Excessive drink and / or food intake
  • Aging
  • Dehydration
  • Alcohol intake
  • Prescription medication and aspirin usage
  • Bacterial (Helicobacter pylori and or viral infection)
  • Food intolerances
  • No salt diets
  • Stress
  • Low thyroid function
  • Autoimmune diseases

Do you associate with the symptoms of low stomach acid? it is wise to consult with your integrative healthcare doctor to confirm your condition and to take appropriate action.





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Dr James Liddell is an Integrated Healthcare Specialist (B.Pharm; M.Pharm; PhD; SAPC and PSSA registered) specialising in integrating different disciplines of healthcare to ensure holistic healthcare solutions. With 25 years experience as a Pharmacist, Dr of Nutrition and Complementary & Alternative Medicine Healthcare Practitioner, he believes lifestyle is ultimately the key to optimal health; a good nutritional foundation combined with sound emotional health are the fundamentals to what he calls ‘the optimal health zone’.

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