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Abhishek
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   Posted 3/29/2009 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Can anyone pl tell me what are the causes leading to hypo acidity.. has it got to do anything with nerves?

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 3/30/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
It could be but sometimes it is the foods we eat. The acid they are talking about is stomach acid not acid from food. What were you given to help it. There are meds that block acids and there are meds that cut down on the acid. You need stomach acid to digest food. In you other post you asked the difference in hypo acid and dyspepsia. I believe that one is the cause of the other. Too much acid can cause dyspepsia. Try smaller meals, stay away from milk products and see if that helps. You might try keeping a food diary and then track when you have dyspepsia.

Abhishek
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   Posted 3/31/2009 2:34 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah smaller meals do help me... I am physically very weak. weighing just 105 pounds.My height is 175cms. So I don`t think cutting down the food helps me a lot.. My appetite is too low and have food 2 times a day at max.

I am confused. I want a remedy not a diet chart pl..!

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 3/31/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
There isn't any remedy as it is a functional problem. You have to treat the problem. If you just want to get rid of the acid, take a acid reducer and take some Pepto for the dyspepsia. Change of diet is the remedy in most all cases. The other things just cover up the symptoms.

Abhishek
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   Posted 4/1/2009 3:18 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks 4 the reply.. yeah I do agree that this is a genetic problem and not an acquired symptom.. so my belief is that when there exists a problem surely there must be a solution... I have already browsed through lot of self help books, home remedy`s etc... lemme sum up , infact one ususal recommendation for this problem is to have a cider vinegar, & its really unleashig its magic on me... but it is also obvious that using acid supplementation and other natural herbs is an answer to "INDIGESTION" caused by Hypochlorhydria and not to the problem... there are also other suggestions to take multi vitamin tablets, artificial nutrients etc, because of low acid secretion &thereby low absorption.. But I need to arrest the disease instead of compromising with food habits..my work demands me to travel extensively and yes, tell me for how long should I have to carry all these vinegar, natural herbs etc..?

addressed to all medical practitioners;- Can anyone pl suggest medicines or a treatment protocol..

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 4/2/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
If there were one solution noone would need the forums. It is different for everyone depending on how their system functions. It is trial and error again and again until you find what works for you.

redee2moov
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   Posted 4/3/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   

I need clarification on your question. You asked about "hypo" acidity, and later talked about "Hypochloridia." Both of those are indicative of low levels of stomach acid.

The responses seemed to address "hyper" acidity, which is too much stomach acid and the direct opposite of hypo. You should first be clear what it is you are dealing with so you don't agrevate any condition you have. Do you have too much acid or not enough?

My wife has too much acid, she takes Prilosec to control it, as prescribed by her regular doctor. She has recently begun seeing my natural practitioner, and was able to bring her overall body ph down, with the hopes of eventually controlling her stomach acid through diet or other natural means. Prilosec is currently considered very safe with minimal side effects and seems to do a good job of limiting excess acid.

I have Hypochloridia. I don't produce enough stomach acid (which is hydrochloric acid) which impairs my digestion. Since adding hydrocloric acid capsuls to my diet, a number of improvements have resulted. 

There are over-the-counter hydrochloric acid pills (Google Betaine). You find out how many capsules or tablets you need by taking one shortly before you eat a meal. The next meal you increase to 2, then 3, and so on until you experience a heartburn sensation in your stomach and chest area. Then back off one to two tablets, and that would be your "dose." This may change over time, and should never exceed 10 tablet per meal. Once you establish your dose you can take them with your food.

This should be sufficient if all you are experiencing is simply from low stomach acid levels. More likely than not there are probably other issues, but this could be one move toward better digestion.

Hypochloridia can be a genetic trait, but can also be caused by other factors such as diet, or simple aging. It is fairly common in older individuals.
 
I hope this helps to clarify the difference between hypo and hyper acidity. You probably see the problems one could magnify if not knowing the difference, i.e. taking antacids when you already have little stomach acid actually increases indigestion, rather than relieves it (I made this mistake for years).
 
Happy to share more, just ask. Good luck!

Abhishek
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   Posted 4/12/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
yep thanx redee. I think I caught hold of the right person. Its indeed Hypochlorhydria(less HCl secretion). Infact vinegar supplementation is helping me. I`m just 20 year old & its genetical , not an acquired one. Any remedies to functional problem rather than symptomological relief?

redee2moov
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   Posted 4/20/2009 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Abhishek

Sorry for the slow response, I worked over 90 hours in the last week, celebrated the Easter holiday, and had a death in the family; not to mention some stressful moments with my son. The good news is that through it all, my IBS did not bother me (except slightly, after having an energy drink to get me through a long work night). It reinforced my confidence in the healing I've experienced.

I don't have time to respond sufficiently tonight, but wanted to let you know you've been on my mind and I will post a more complete reply soon.

Hope you're doing well in the meantime.

redee2moov
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   Posted 4/26/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Abhishek,

I finally broke free from a crazy couple of weeks. Sorry for keeping you waiting, and hope you've been doing well.

I actually only have limited knowledge of Hypochlorydia. What I have gathered as a result of my own needs. You mentioned seeking a remedy for the functional (genetic) cause of your condition. I have no info for that. However, until you are able to find that remedy, the hydrochloric acid capsuls (HCL) with pepsin are a simple approach to improving your condition. The potential hazards of going too long on low acidity are enough to warrant your attention.

You were correct in your comment that, while smaller meals seem to help, your low body weight would suggest decreasing your meal sizes is a bad idea. What you probably need is better digestion of the larger meals, and specifically, better digestion of protiens to help build your body.

The simple equation is; low stomach acid equals poorly digested food, which in turn means absorption of the protiens, nutrients, ect. is limited. Stomach acid is also considered one of the triggers that stimulates prancreatic function. With low pancreas function, you have fewer enzymes doing very important work to breakdown many fats. Without that, numerous conditions can result, including, failure of the pancreas.

I first began using the basic HCL capsuls, specifically Betaine HCL & pepsin, made by Thorne Research. I have been switched to a different product called PANPLEX 2-Phase, by integrative Therapeutics Inc., because it is suspect that I am not producing enough enzymes, even with the HCL capsuls. PANPLEX 2-Phase is a capsul with an outer layer of HCL that is released in my stomach, and concentrated pancreatic enzymes that release in the small intestine (thus the name 2-phase). I take one Panplex per meal, 2 for larger meals, and I supplement some larger meals with an additional capsul of the Betaine HCL & pepsin.

Other than finding the right product and dosage, it really is not that difficult to add these supplements to your daily routine (I always carry a small pocket container with me, so it is availble should I need to catch an unplanned meal away from home). If it is truly a condition you have, adding these supplements, especially at your age (I started at 48), could make a world of difference for you physically. You could see changes in your ability to build muscle mass, improve immunity, increase energy, and more. Simply because you'll make better use of the food you eat. DISCLAIMER: If you have a diet of greasy fast food, high sugar, etc, don't expect miracles, but you may at least minimize the damage until you feel the desire to make improvements.

Here are a couple of sights I where I gathered some info. Most of my information I receive from my doctor, a naturopath (and I would strongly ecourage seeking professional guidance for this). I don't promote these sights (some are selling products), it's just where I gathered some info. There is plenty of info available on the WEB.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/heartburn
http://www.worldhealth.net/news/betain_hcl

I used to keep a bottle of antacids close by for unexpected episodes of indigestion. Since I have been taking Betaine HCL for over a year, not only have I not taken a single antacid, but I has tossed any leftovers because I know now that they would only increase my problem, depsite the momentary relief they provide. And I have not felt the need for them since.

Hope this opens up some possibilities for better health for you.

Abhishek
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   Posted 4/29/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I am really sorry for the unexpected events in your life. Hope you`ve gathered enough strengths to face the situation bravely. And I do really feel grateful for your concern about me.

Yep you`re absolutely right in stating that I do really need professional help as the condition worsens more if left unattended. Infact I`d been on the wrong attitude to have neglected it...

As for the treatment I`ve once again started the therapy with the homeopathic doctor who had diagnised me with this condition and he has guaranteed me with a 90 % recovery chances. The method he adopted to rectify my problem is that the medications are aimed at stimulating the parietal cells responsible for Hcl production instead of providing a symptomalogical relief. That what particularly impressed me.

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   Posted 4/29/2009 11:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Anemia:

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Ulcers:

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
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