Did you know that the most common symptom of low stomach acid is GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease? Most people have suffered from GERD at one time or another in their lives. For some, their symptoms are so mild they never even realize that they have it. For others, their symptoms can be severe enough to drastically change their life.
So, what exactly is GERD?
Well, in as much as there are symptoms to go with it, most people only experience mild to moderate discomfort. Symptom-wise, if you only have occasional or light symptoms of low stomach acid, chances are you are not experiencing any long-term damage to your small intestines. However, if you experience any of the following, chances are you have more than just a little stomach acid:
Diet rich in refined and processed sugars and flour. High stress in your daily life. Dehydration. If you are dehydrated, you typically have low stomach acid levels due to insufficient water intake.
Bacteria in your digestive system
The main cause of this disorder is an overgrowth of bacteria in your digestive system. Specifically, one particular bacteria that causes this condition is called “P. Galactoba” which is found in your small intestines. The bacteria release toxins into your bloodstream, which eventually make their way into your bloodstream. This toxin attaches itself to nutrient receptors located throughout your body including the lining of your intestinal walls. When this happens, your body cannot absorb nutrients thus creating a breakdown of tissue in your intestines.
Eating foods rich in antioxidants
One of the only ways to prevent this from happening is by controlling your stomach function so that it does not allow P. Galactoba to grow. Fortunately, there is a natural way to control this problem. You can do this by addressing your stress levels, drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and eating foods rich in antioxidants such as resveratrol. Antioxidants can neutralize the effects of harmful free radicals that can damage cell structure and can also lead to the overgrowth of this bacteria.
To address your stomach function, you will need to eat meals that are high in protein (such as meat, eggs, and fish) but low in carbohydrates (such as bread and potatoes). Also avoid foods that are high in fat content, such as fried foods and animal fats. Lastly, drink lots of water throughout the day and eat food rich in complex carbohydrates such as vegetables and fruits. By doing so, you will allow your stomach to produce less hydrochloric acid thus reducing the production of P. galactose. Following these simple steps, you can get rid of common stomach disorders and be on your way to optimum health.