zig
0

Notifications

  • You're all caught up!

How to Increase Hydrochloric Acid in Stomach

by
author image Maura Banar
Maura Banar has been a professional writer since 2001 and is a psychotherapist. Her work has appeared in "Imagination, Cognition and Personality" and "Dreaming: The Journal of the International Association for the Study of Dreams." Banar received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Buffalo State College and her Master of Arts in mental health counseling from Medaille College.
How to Increase Hydrochloric Acid in Stomach
Close-up of a large garlic. Photo Credit Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Hydrochloric acid is naturally secreted in your stomach to digest the foods you eat so they can be absorbed into your bloodstream. Many people have a deficiency of this acid, which can lead to other deficiencies. People over the age of 60 and those who are experiencing chronic stress tend to have a deficiency of hydrochloric acid, characterized by indigestion and nutritional deficiencies. Fortunately, there are natural ways to increase the hydrochloric acid in your stomach. See your doctor before attempting to treat low levels of hydrochloric acid by yourself.

Step 1

Take the supplement betaine hydrochloride in tablet form, according to manufacturer's directions. Dr. Sandra Cabot of Liver Doctor explains that although it might not make initial sense to add an acid to your stomach, this is often exactly what you need to relieve your symptoms. The lack of adequate stomach acid, known as achlorhydria, can lead to stomach cancer if left untreated. Adding a natural version of hydrochloric acid in supplement form can help improve absorption of nutrients and aid digestion.

You Might Also Like

Step 2

Increase your consumption of garlic or add a garlic supplement to your diet, available at your local health food store. A 2001 article published in the "Journal of Nutrition" explains that the incidence of stomach cancer is lower in populations that consume large amounts of allium, a substance that occurs naturally in garlic, as well as onions and chives, and has been found to have several health-supporting properties. Allium also helps prevent ulcers caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacteria.

Step 3

Sip on a glass of water, while eating, which contains the juice of half a lemon and 2 to 3 tbsp. of a high quality apple cider vinegar. Dr. Sandra Cabot explains that the apple cider vinegar combined with the acidic lemon juice can help supplement the acid in your stomach, helping aid digestion. Additionally, this mixture can help decrease bloating and abdominal gas, which can be caused by impaired digestion.

Step 4

Take a dietary supplement that contains digestive enzymes, available at your local health food store. Chronic indigestion can be a symptom of a lack of adequate digestive enzymes, which can result from too little hydrochloric acid. Taking supplemental digestive enzymes, therefore, can help replenish your stomach's supply of protease, lipase and amylase, the enzymes necessary to digest food. As a result of not having enough of these enzymes, you can experience nutritional deficiencies and symptoms of malabsorption, including allergies.

Related Searches

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
THE LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Nutrition, Workouts & Tips
GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
GENDER
  • Female
  • Male
lbs.
ft. in.

References

Demand Media