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5 Best Ways To Naturally Treat Low Stomach Acid And Why

5 Best Ways To Naturally Treat Low Stomach Acid And Why

Hi there, Eric Bakker. Thanks for coming back. We’ve got lots of questions again to go through,
many, many different questions I’ve got on my list here. A common question I get asked so many times
by people is, “How can I improve my stomach function? If my stomach is flat or low, how can I increase
its activity? How can I get it working better? I’ve got heartburn, and I’ve been reading
that it could be attributed to low stomach acid rather than high stomach acid.” These are things I commonly hear from people. People looking for real solutions to fix up
their upper digestive symptoms, problems that they’ve got. People who are sick and tired of taking acid
blocking medications, or what we call PPI drugs. These are terrible. You don’t need to be on these crappy kind
of medications. Many people who have symptoms of reflux and
heartburn, in fact, as you probably all have read on Google by now, in fact an under acid
stomach, not over acid stomach. I’ve been fighting this for 30 plus years,
people. I’ve been working against this paradigm where
when people have this reflux, they think, “Oh my gosh, I’ve got too much acid in my
stomach. I’ve got to reduce the acidity.” When in fact, the opposite occurs, especially
when you get older like me. Your stomach goes flat, and you need to prop
it up, get it working better. So let’s have a look at some of the best ways
to increase stomach activity. One of the key things that I want you to understand
is actually in not taking things, but in some lifestyle changes that we need to give you
guys to make out there if you want to improve your stomach function. I’ve written down a couple of core things
that I want to discuss here that are very important to get that stomach more active
and working. If you don’t do these basic things, you might
as well forget watching the rest of the video, because it’s not really going to be of much
use to you. The first tip, of course, to get the stomach
working better and to improve the acidity is to chew food better. Chewing leads to better … I won’t use the
word … I’ll say pooping, so people who chew better poop better, all right? Lots of people today don’t chew their food
properly. They have dental issues, they could have gum
disease, or lack of teeth, or problems with their mouth. If you’ve got an issue, you need to get that
checked out. Especially as you get older. If you’re losing a few teeth, if you can afford
to, you need to get that fixed, because that can make a huge difference towards chewing. Just by chewing food properly and breaking
it down to small particle size, means you’re greatly increasing the surface area of the
food, and therefore improving digestion and absorption. It makes a lot of sense to do that. Smaller portion sizes. Get smaller plates. You might be eating too much food. Just get smaller plate sizes. Most people eat too much food, especially
when they get older and they turn into adults, they eat far too much food. So smaller portion sizes make it obviously
easier for the stomach to work. Chewing food properly, smaller portion sizes,
it’s definitely the way to go. The other thing is to back off sometimes. Don’t always eat food. If you can, skip a meal, especially on a weekend. It could be a little bit of an intermittent
fast that you could have going on there, but just basically the point I’m trying to make
here is cut the sizes of what you’re eating down a little bit, and also occasionally don’t
eat food all the time, or eat a lot lighter. It makes it easier on your stomach. The fourth part of this equation is stress. Stress accounts for so much inactive stomach
function, it’s incredible. I see this all the time in our clinical practice. It’s never spoken of, but people who are under
stress, even long-term mild low-grade stress, what happens in a fight or flight is that
the body doesn’t really want to have a lot of blood supply going to the digestive organs. It wants to move it to the periphery, so you
can avoid stress. So blood flow’s going to increase to the legs,
to the arms, to the hands, to the head, but not to the stomach. So people under stress, even low-grade but
long-term, they will have an unfortunate experience, and their digestive system will slowly begin
to suffer more, and more, and more. These people also tend to chew faster, and
they eat faster, so this is a problem. So stress could be a problem why you’ve got
an underactive stomach, especially if you’re eating on the run, you’ve got weird jobs,
eating at crazy hours. These are the things I’d like you to think
about when it comes to your health. Right, now let’s look at some other tips. Taking acid like apple cider vinegar, acetic
acid, or looking at good quality lemons, nice sour bit of lemons, which is the citric acid,
both these are good things to take in regularly if you want to improve your digestive system. I’ve been recommending apple cider vinegar
now probably since the ’80s for people, a long, long time now, and it’s only really
just becoming en vogue and in fashion. These things, these acids, really help to
improve your body’s ability not just to produce acid, but to slowly break down food. They’re cleansing, and they have a nice stimulating
ability in the upper digestive system. These organic acids also really improve the
pancreatic function if you keep eating them. By constantly having apple cider vinegar in
your diet, and lemon juice, it’s going to reduce your body’s ability to produce SIBO,
leaky gut, candida, and a whole bunch of other problems. So try and do what I do, is always regularly
have either cider vinegar or lemon juice in your diet. Summer is upon us now in New Zealand, so we
eat lemons every day. These are a good addition to the diet. So digestive enzymes is another thing that
you could be looking at doing. There are different types of digestive enzymes. You can get Betaine, and for example, Betaine
hydrochloric acid and pepsin. Hydrochloric acid and pepsin is a common digestive
enzyme that many people take, especially for protein digestion. Other people will take enzymes which tend
to be more diverse and a wider range. They could be broad spectrum digestive enzyme. Check out CanXida Restore, the product I made
with the green label. That’s got a whole bunch of enzymes in it,
and even probiotics, which can seriously aid digestive health. Enzymes are especially important if you’re
under stress, and you’re burping, or bloating, or you’ve got issues there, and you think
you’re not digesting food properly. If the stress is temporary, or you just want
to push through something, enzymes can work quite well for you in that case. Enzymes help many people recover from poor
stomach function. Check out my other videos on stomach function
when it comes to stomach tolerance testing with enzymes, particularly hydrochloric acid
and pepsin, to work out how flat the stomach is. You can do that through a simple test. You can either do it through a bicarbonate
of soda test, or taking capsules of enzymes and increasing quantity until you hit your
tolerance level. But I’ve done videos on that, so check that
out. There’s a lot of talk about Manuka Honey being
good for stomach function. I don’t really see that as being a special
attribute to Manuka Honey. Many honeys will improve stomach function,
low acid stomach. I’ve got several books in my wonky donkey
bookshelf over there, older ones from turn of the century right up before 1960s, and
many, many of those older doctors recommend honey as a great aid for digestive health. If you get a raw honey, good quality honey,
doesn’t have to be Manuka, it will still have antibacterial properties about it. Honey’s great for wounds, it’s good for helicobacter
pylori in the stomach, but just try a little teaspoon of honey if you’ve got an upset stomach,
or poor digestive health. It can help you quite often. Obviously, if you’ve got a bad candida problem,
or you really react to sugars, you’ll need to be careful. Many people with low acid stomach do benefit
from a little bit of honey, inclusion of honey in the diet. The last point is you need to deal with infections,
so if you’ve got helicobacter, or H. pylori, which many people have, you may have symptoms,
and you may not have symptoms. My recommendation is if you’ve got a lot of
heartburn and reflux, or have problem behind the sternum, or just some kind of problem
burping a lot, get it checked out. Get a breath test done, maybe a stool test
done, to see if you’ve got a stomach infection. There’s a bacteria that can live in your stomach,
and if you’ve got it in your stomach, it’ll create a lot of problems. There are different ways to eradicate that,
and you can also check out my videos on helicobacter pylori regarding stomach. This can often be a problem and underpinning
a poor functioning stomach, making you think you’ve got an ulcer, or something else going
on, when in fact, it’s a bacteria that needs eradicating. Again, check out CanXida Restore, the product
with the red label. We’ve successfully used that for eradication
of H. pylori. I hope that covers enough for you people today
regarding some good tips on how to revive a flat stomach, or rather acid stomach. Be particularly mindful, I’ll just say that
as a close regarding the stress. I see this as a big problem for a lot of people,
especially as they get a bit older beyond 50, and their stomach function declines. It could well be a part of your problem. Thanks for tuning in.

40 Replies to “5 Best Ways To Naturally Treat Low Stomach Acid And Why”

  • Lot of people r defiecent in zinc that's the main cause of low stomach acid zinc is needed 4 the production of stomach acid

  • Hi Eric
    I had stomach pain in right side might be near ileocecal valve. Yeast Infection,Constipation etc.
    Don’t know what to do
    Could you please help me out.
    Want to be paid patient
    From New Zealand

  • I’m trying to fix my stomach to fix my stress! Leaky gut, heart burn, psoriasis, toenails white and brittle, nasal clog, and panic attacks! Panic attacks are the worse that’s whyI’m here!

  • Hi Dr. Bakker,
    I have a lot of acid reflux. Everyday. I also have h.pylori. are these related? I have tried the ACV and every other remedy I can find. I appreciate any feedback. Thank you!

  • Is apple cider vinegar dangerous at all ive heard it can cause blod clots? Maybe thats at high doses or perhaps its a health myth.

  • Chew food better, smaller portions, fasting, work on stress levels!, lemon juice, acv if tolerated, digestive enzymes, Hcl with pepsin, raw honey, olive leaf, oregano oil all help

  • Hi! I’ve read that betain hcl pepsin can lodge in the oesophagus and burn and cause stomach ulcers I’ve been hesitant to take them? Do you have any advice regarding this

  • Hi Eric you dont tell us how to take the apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, is it 5 minutes before meals?

  • Unfortunately, the best way to understand your digestion and the digestion of you love ones is to closely examine poo 💩
    Good luck everyone,

  • My stomach is highly acidic any kind of medicine does not work.facing GERD from last 20yrs foods don't get digest properly not even a simple diet , even water also.so what should I do in this case?hope you will make a video for me.thankyou

  • Ive found alcohol is terrible for digestion too. Better to avoid it and only drink once in a while if at all.

  • Is HCL an absolute necessity to fix low acid ?, I have taken up to 10 with a meal and didn’t hit my max . What should I do?

  • I am feeling full all day. I haven't eaten much and the food i ate just seems to be sitting there in my stomach and not digesting. Its not painful but it feels bloated and i'm not hungry despite not eating for 9 hours now while i used to get hungry every 5 hours before this. Can somebody please help me? This has me seriously stressed out. I dont have money to spend on hospital bills if its something that can be cured naturally

  • eric, i may have missed it on your videos, but can you eat potatoes with H.Pylori, and candida, also meat with it.

  • Small but not insignificant psychological tip: have smaller meals, but have them on a MASSIVE plate, to trick your stomach. Not scientific I know, but psychologically, it tricks your brain into thinking what you're eating is minuscule. You know the expression "your eyes are bigger than your stomach". Also, if you have one or more side dishes like steamed cabbage, say, cover it with a cloth – keeps the danger of flies away but also your brain doesn't register so much food at one time. ….Go ahead, scoff at me, but it works.

  • Dear Dr Bakker,

    I have teeth sensitivity and reduced enamel on my teeth.

    My doctor gave me the capsule and string HCL test and it showed that my stomach pH was alkaline (ph 7). I want to increase my HCL levels naturally, but I know that Lemon juice and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) will make my teeth problems worse.

    What other products can I use instead? Which one is better: swedish bitters, or digestive bitters, or supplements containing Betaine HCL with Pepsin? Thank you very much.

  • Hi Eric, I have many symptoms of Yeast Overgrowth, I’ve completed your quiz twice coming in at 203 and 224 which says Severe. From your experience is your quiz an accurate guide to having a Yeast Overgrowth and should I pursue further testing.

  • I recommend increasing Zinc (w/ Supplements + eggs + tuna – (tuna also helps with gut inflammation – Omega-3) / and potassium rich foods (Bananas, Potatoes – 950mg of potassium per potato) for your gut issues (low stomach acid) and digestion. 

    Apple Cider Vinegar in glass of water with meals to help with nutrient absorption. Small amount of garlic, if you feel you may have a bacterial infection in the gut. Seems to be helping my stomach and digestion issue. Hope this helps you too.

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