How to Increase Stomach Acid for Digestive Health: HOME REMEDIES


Is low stomach acid at the root of your digestive
challenges? Keep watching to find out. If you’re new here, welcome. I’m Amanda Malachesky, Certified Functional
Nutrition Health Coach and Digestive and Allergy Detective. I post videos every single Monday about how
to manage your digestion and allergy challenges naturally, so go ahead and subscribe, and
make sure to hit the bell to be notified when I post a new video every Monday. You might think that too much stomach acid
is your problem if you suffer from heartburn or reflex, but if you actually don’t have
enough? Today I’m going to show you how to test your
stomach acid to see if you’re making enough and how to increase your stomach acid to improve
your digestion. Using this technique, my client Erica drastically
reduced her gall bladder pain symptoms and gall bladder attacks, and she was feeling
a lot better overall. So I know that you can explore this and find
some results, so let’s get started. So a little bit of a misconception that people
with heartburn or reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD have too much stomach
acid. The opposite is actually often true, and this
is a challenge because stomach acid is really important to keep your digestion moving through
your system, also to help you absorb your vitamin B12 and your iron. It also helps protect you against incoming
pathogens, and it also tells your gall bladder and your pancreas to release bile and enzymes,
which also further help your digestion. So let’s back things up to the most basic
important level of digestion, which is what happens in the stomach. So first what I want you to try is testing
to see if your stomach is actually making stomach acid. So the way that you do this is on an empty
stomach. First thing in the morning you drink a glass
of water with about a quarter teaspoon of baking soda in it. And if you get a burping response within maybe
15 minutes or so, this tells you that there is acid in your stomach because the basic
baking soda is reacting with the acid and making bubbles. You can do this in your kitchen using vinegar
and baking soda to demonstrate how this works. If you don’t want to do this little test,
you don’t have to. You can assume that you have low stomach acid
if you suffer from heartburn, reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, also if you struggle
with slow digestion and/or constipation. You could also reasonably assume that you
have low stomach acid if your stomach feels kind of like there’s a lead weight in it after
you eat some animal protein. Or, if you show low vitamin B12 or low iron
on your lab testing. If you determine that you need a little bit
of stomach acid support, here’s my super easy simple tip to get some support to your stomach. It’s to add a little bit of lemon juice or
apple cider vinegar, so maybe a teaspoon to a tablespoon worth of lemon juice or apple
cider vinegar in just an ounce or two of water, like a shot glass worth, and drink that down
right before you eat a meal. Step three is to avoid drinking water about
30 minutes before or 30 minutes after your meal, and this is because this dilutes the
natural stomach acid that your stomach’s already producing. So we don’t want to dilute that any further
by drinking water right before or right after your meal. Do you drink apple cider vinegar or lemon
juice in some water before your meals? How has it helped you? Step number four is if you feel like the apple
cider vinegar or lemon juice water doesn’t agree with you, or you don’t like either of
those things, or you feel like it’s not helping at all, you can also try adding a hydrochloric
acid supplement. So usually this is in the form of betaine
hydrochloride. You can get this anywhere you find supplements,
and you’re going to start with taking just one capsule or pill or pellet or whatever
form it’s in before your meal. And then slowly increase up until you notice
a slight burning sensation in your stomach. Or if you don’t want to push it that way,
you can add just one or two or even three capsules or pills or pellets or whatever form
it’s in to your regime before your meals. You want to eat these about 15 minutes beforehand
with just a little bit of water, because again we don’t want to dilute the acids, and see
what kind of results you get. Tip number five is a piece of the puzzle that
often gets overlooked with everybody’s excitement about trying the next pill or protocol or
supplement, but it’s simply to invite a feeling of relaxation with your eating. So what this looks like is taking a few deep
breaths right before you sit down to eat your meal, really enjoying the aroma of your food
because the act of smelling yummy smells helps your body secrete the digestive secretions
that are going to help you digest that meal. And to just generally eat your food slowly
with enjoyment and peace. We want to avoid eating in a hurry, standing
at the counter, distracted while we’re watching TV. We really, we just want to take the time to
enjoy our food, chew our food really well, enjoy the people that we’re with or enjoy
ourselves if we’re alone, and call that good. So give that a try. So, don’t underestimate the power of these
very simple little tips to drastically improve your digestion. I have seen almost miracles honestly with
just this really basic attention to supporting the body’s natural processes and inviting
relaxation while eating. So I encourage you to give these tips a try,
and let me know how it goes. Let me know what happens. And if you’ve tried this technique and you’re
still not seeing the results that you’re hoping to see, and you’re not sure how to move forward,
I’d love to invite you to connect with me in a free 30-minute assessment session. You can schedule that by going to confluencenutrition.com/contact. And while supporting stomach acid is super
important, it’s maybe not the whole picture for some of you, and so if you’d like to get
a perspective on the big picture and how these kinds of tips fit into the larger roadmap
to gut recovery, you can download your free copy of Roadmap to Gut Recovery. You can find that at confluencenutrition.com/roadmap. If you liked this video, please let me know
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challenged friends or families, and comment below with helpful if this video helped you.

One Reply to “How to Increase Stomach Acid for Digestive Health: HOME REMEDIES

  1. Thanks for watching! Have you ever tried supporting your stomach acid? Tell us about it in the comments!

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