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Pain after eating? Dry skin? Brittle nails? Use ibuprofen or aspirin often?

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Does food seem to take a long time to digest?

Hair thinning or hairloss?

Vitamin deficiency or anemia no matter what you take or eat?

Stomach problems after eating meat?

Do you use pain relievers, antibiotics, or other Rx often?

Do you have symptoms of IBS, hypothyroidism, heartburn, adrenal fatigue, premature aging…but nothing has worked?

It could be low stomach acid. 

Here’s a quick at-home test:

    1. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 4-6 ounces of cold water first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything.
    2. Drink the baking soda solution. Don’t gulp it, just drink it.
    3. Time how long it takes you to burp. Time up to five minutes.

If you have not belched within five minutes stop timing.

In theory, if your stomach is producing adequate amounts of stomach acid you’ll likely belch within two to three minutes.  Early and repeated belching may be due to excessive stomach acid (but don’t confuse these burps with small little burps from swallowing air when drinking the solution).  Any belching after 3 minutes indicates a low acid level.

What Causes Low Stomach Acid?

It is believed that low stomach acid is caused by chronic use of antibiotics and NSAID pain relievers as well as a diet high in processed foods and refined sugars.

Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid

Low stomach acid(Hypochlorhydria) can cause a variety of different symptoms so it can be difficult to pin down.  Here are the common symptoms of low stomach acid:

  • Chronic indigestion
  • Excessive flatulence
  • Heartburn
  • Chronic candida
  • Hair loss in women
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Acne
  • Rectal itching
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Acne
  • Undigested food in stools
  • Food allergies
  • Dry skin & hair
  • Gas & bloating
  • Anemia
  • Dysbiosis (the improper balance of gut bacteria)
  • Allergies
  • Adrenals become depleted (adrenal fatigue)
  • DHEA, the youth hormone, is suppressed, leading to premature aging

Health Problems Associated with Low Stomach Acid

In addition to the above symptoms, there are long-term negative health effects associated with low stomach acid.

  1. Acid Reflux

If you’re an acid reflux sufferer and have been using acid reducers and proton pump inhibitors for years, you’ve been tackling the problem the wrong way. Acid reflux disease is not a symptom of too much stomach acid; it’s a symptom of too little stomach acid.

It might sound ridiculous but when you have low stomach acid, your body works hard to pump out an excessive amount to try to digest your food. Your proton pumps work overtime to make up for the deficit. When you feel that burning in your throat and get that bad taste in your mouth, you reach for an acid reducer, which causes even more acid to be produced to make up for an even larger deficit.

Acid reflux can become so severe; your throat will literally close up to the point where you need surgery. Chronic acid erosion in your throat can also increase your risk of developing esophageal cancer.

  1. Malnutrition

Many of the mystery symptoms you experience everyday may be a result of malnutrition. No matter how much you eat or even how healthy your diet has become, you may still not be breaking down enough of the food to assimilate its nutrients. Chronic low stomach acid inevitably leads to multiple vitamin deficiencies, which can lead to even more unusual symptoms you and your doctor cannot get to the bottom of.

  1. Compromised Immune System

When your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs, your immune system isn’t getting enough support. If you seem to get every cold and flu that’s going around, low stomach acid could be to blame. Eventually, your compromised immune system could lead to the development of an autoimmune disorder. An autoimmune disorder occurs when the immune system begins attacking the body’s own healthy tissues.

  1. Chronic Gastric Upset

Do you suffer from chronic abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating? Chronic gastrointestinal upset is another symptom of hypochlorhydria. Inflammation of the intestines can also lead to the development of colitis or Crohn’s disease.

  1. Osteoporosis

One of the hidden dangers of low stomach acid is osteoporosis. Magnesium, vitamin D, and calcium are essential in the prevention of this debilitating bone disease. If you don’t have enough stomach acid to digest your food, you will not assimilate the nutrients necessary for prevention.

6.  Cancer

If left untreated, low stomach acid can cause cancer.

One of the ways to help raise your level of stomach acid is to supplement with Betaine HCL w/Pepsin. More….

Treatment:

The treatment in the short term is to take acid supplementsIndeed, this may explain why cider vinegar is such a popular treatment for many problems – the vinegar acidifies the stomach and improves the digestion of food. Clearly, this has the potential to affect a wide range of conditions. The problem with cider vinegar is that it contains yeast and would therefore not be tolerated by many people.

A second possibility is to take high dose ascorbic acid (vitamin C) at mealtimesThis mildly acidifies the stomach and promotes absorption.

The third approach is to take Betaine Hydrochloride (Betaine HCL), a naturally occurring substance derived from beets. This is available in capsules which need to be taken with food, and the dose adjusted according to the response. People start off with one capsule initially and build up to maybe four or five capsules depending on the size of the meal and the response to treatment. Often in the longer term with the correct diet (low glycemic index, low allergy, smaller meals, get rid of Helicobacter pylori, correct gut flora) this cures the chronic gastritis, and the stomach is again able to produce acid normally.

http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=13388

http://www.drdebe.com/reversing-hypochlorhydria.html

http://alignlife.com/articles/digestivehealth/is-low-stomach-acid-causing-your-mystery-symptoms/

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/stomach-acid/

http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/06/hypochlorhydria-3-common-signs-of-low-stomach-acid/

http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/


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Frozen Fruit:Townsend’s Organic Antioxidant Blend Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

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Townsend Farms is recalling bags of a frozen fruit mix commonly used in smoothies because they could be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus. Townsend’s Organic Antioxidant Blend is suspected in an outbreak of the virus that has affected five Western states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirty-four people have been infected with hepatitis A, and 11 of them have been hospitalized as of Monday. Infections have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, the CDC website said Tuesday.

The fruit mix with contaminated ingredients was sent to Costco stores and Harris Teeter stores. At Costco, the recalled codes include T012415 through T053115; consumers can find these on the back of the package near the words “BEST BY.” Harris Teeter packages have “BEST BY” codes of T041615E or T041615C.

The highly contagious infection inflames the liver and limits its ability to function. “Mild cases of hepatitis A don’t require treatment, and most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage,” the Mayo Clinic website says. Severe cases can lead to liver failure and death, according to the World Health Organization. There are an estimated 1.4 million cases of hepatitis A annually worldwide. Consumers who may have eaten the contaminated product should contact their doctor, and the product should be thrown away immediately.

 

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html


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Small yellow bumps under the skin around your eye? Could be heart trouble!

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People that have xanthelasmata(cholesterol deposits on the eyelids) are at significant increased risk of heart attacks, ischemic heart disease, and death. After reviewing almost 13,000 patient files, researchers found that when these yellowish lesions are observed, the risk of suffering a heart attack is increased 51%, the risk of suffering ischemic heart disease was increased 40%, and the risk of death was increased 17% — when compared with individuals who did not exhibit xanthelasmata. Around 50% of the patients had cholesterol that was within the normal range, but were still at increased risk of heart disease – due to the yellowish, flat lipid plaques on their eyelids.

http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/AHA/23423

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/234575.php

http://www.theheart.org/article/1280303.do


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Stopping & Preventing Seizures: Ketogenic Diet

“Research has shown that about one-third of children on the Ketogenic Diet become seizure-free, … and another one-third see a reduction in their seizures. Some children, after several years on the diet, are able to wean off both medication and the diet and go on to live a seizure-free life.”

Alzheimer’s patients on a ketogenic diet showed significant cognitive improvement compared to patients not following the diet. The diet may also help reduce oxidative stress and enhance mitochondrial function. Parkinson’s disease patients on the diet reduced their scores on the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale by 43.4%. The diet may also prove helpful in the treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. Researchers speculate that the diet may prove helpful in even more neurological conditions, such as recovery from stroke and brain injury.

Doctors are using the Ketogenic Diet to prevent seizures in children: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/aboutepilepsy/treatment/ketogenicdiet/

Ketogenic Diet helps prevent seizures in 4 year old girl: http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/high-fat-ketogenic-diet-helps–year-old-keep-seizures/article_ca7dc366-6d66-541a-8516-4e87be41c9c0.html

http://www.chicagoparent.com/magazines/special-parent/winter-2013/feature/epilepsy-diet

http://brainblogger.com/2013/04/10/ketogenic-diet-for-epilepsy-and-other-neurological-disorders/

Check out my other article: Starving Cancer: Ketogenic Diet

 

 


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Oxidative Stress

“… oxidative stress is involved in many diseases, such as atherosclerosis,Parkinson’s disease, heart failure, myocardial infarction, Alzheimer’s disease, fragile X syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome, but short-term oxidative stress may also be important in prevention of aging by induction of a process named mitohormesis.” Read more


Symptoms

I think stress, prolonged stress especially, contributes to and/or worsens any hidden or surfaced diseases and issues that we may have. This includes viruses, cancers, heart problems, etc. Here are my symptoms:

At the start:

developed severe anemia

fainting

fatigue

Then developed:

thinning, brittle hair

premature grays

melasma (diagnosed)

lactose intolerant

allergies

heart feels like its fluttering or beating really fast (doesn’t hurt, it’s just weird)

Now:

severe (beyond migraine) pain in the right temple/jaw/head area — once

blinding flashes of lights in my eyesight and feeling like my brain is “vibrating” — a few times

vertigo — numerous times

severe allergies — off and on

thin, ripping apart, peeling, ridged nails — all the time

dehydration no matter how much water I drink — all the time

stomach issues when I eat simple things like a sandwich or rice and beans (I’ve been 90% gluten-free for about 6 months, I feel great without that junk)

I have a ton of stress.  I firmly believe that I could make changes much faster if I were able to remove myself from or erase my current stressors. I know I need to come up with a way to stop the stress, but right now it’s just not gonna happen. So I’m going to do the best I can right now until my situation(s) change.

I plan to take and upload photos, once I’ve started showing/making physical progress. The last time I went to a doctor, they didn’t scream ANEMIA!! or anything at me – so I know the changes I’m making are at least starting to show internally. Hopefully they will start to show up externally soon. Meanwhile, please feel free to check out some Grokspiration of people that have made some amazing changes!