is big business in the United States. Americans spend more than
7 billion dollars per year on acid suppressing drugs and over 4
billion dollars per year on over-the-counter antacids.
assume that too much stomach acid is the cause of acid indigestion
and take acid suppressors. Surprisingly, the primary cause of indigestion
in over 90 percent of the people is not enough stomach acid.
is good and necessary for health. Stomach acid is essential for
proper digestion and healthy immune response. Blocking stomach acid
for long periods can lead to other health problems. When stomach
acid is low, many essential nutrients cannot be absorbed. These
include amino acids, vitamins and essential minerals such as iron,
calcium and zinc.
of low stomach acid include gas, indigestion, iron deficiency, dilated
blood vessels in the cheeks and nose, chronic yeast and fungal infections,
chronic intestinal parasites, weak fingernails, acne, and nausea
after taking supplements. Diseases associated with low stomach acid
include eczema, gallbladder disease, hepatitis, osteoporosis, psoriasis,
rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma.
An easy way
to tell if you are part of the 90 percent with too little stomach
acid is to take 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice or raw apple
cider vinegar in a small amount of water at the beginning of a meal.
If this lessens or eliminates indigestion, then chances are your
stomach does not produce enough acid. A good natural remedy for
this kind of indigestion is HCl and pepsin.