Stomach Acidity Test
Stomach acidity is one of the major keys to digestive and therefore overall health. This is because HCL (Hydro Chloric Acid) is the first defence barrier between bacteria and other parasitic forms from outside and the GIT (Gastro Intestinal Tract) microbiome. The greater the concentration the higher the protection and preservation of the good gut flora in the intestines.
Another vital role of the HCL is the break down of foods particles to smaller pieces so they can be further processed, utilised by the intestinal bacteria and our cells. When there is a lack of stomach acidity or it is diluted by liquids while the digestive process is taking place, the food particles remain larger and our good gut flora cannot utilise it, over time resulting in NG (Non Growth) of our beneficial flora. Moreover, undigested food and inadequate acid concentration will overtime promote commensal and pathogenic bacteria overgrowth, resulting in many GIT symptoms such as eccessive gas, constipation, diarrhoea, swelling in the abdominal area, IBS and so commonly found nowadays; SIBO.
There ara many other health conditions that can be linked to low stomach acidity such as food intolerance and sensitivities; as poorly digested food particles, abnormally shaped or large, trigger the immune system contributing to a chaotic environment, inflammation and autoimmune conditions.
With a low concentration of HCL the minerals remain bound to the protein and are therefore unavailable for circulation and utilisation, resulting in mineral deficiency, brittle hair, nails and even lower stomach acidity (as HCL contains numerous minerals), becoming a vicious cycle.
A person can live with a low stomach acidity for many years and even decades, but this inevitably will lead to poor health long term and chronic conditions. It’s been observed since Hippocrates, time that our health depends on how efficient our digestive systems performs its functions. In my clinical practice with most clients I observe the same pattern; first digestive issues cause discomfort and then years later a health condition is diagnosed. Keeping the digestive system at its optimal function is one of the keys to healthy longevity and an overall feeling of wellbeing.
A stomach acidity test should be the first step to do if you have any health condition or you care for your long term health.
This test is a good indication about the efficiency with which your body produce stomach acid and it will cost you less than a £1; all you need is bicarbonate of soda and water!
1) Mix a quarter of a teaspoon in 150 ml of room temperature filtered water and drink it first thing in the morning.
2) Using a timer note how much time it will take to produce a distinctive burp.
1 – 2 minutes = good stomach acidity production
2 – 3 minutes = slightly slow acidity production
3 – 5 minutes = non adequate acidity production
5 minutes and more = potentially very low stomach acid and sluggish digestion
More than 5 minutes = stop timing, your acid production is impaired and needs support promptly.
When the stomach is full of resources (minerals, enzymes, water, cofactors and proteins), it produces the stomach acid within a short amount of time. The burping is a result of the chemical reaction between acidity produced in the stomach and alkalinity derived from the mix. Note: If you have small burp this can be caused by just swallowing the air, the proper burp is big and distinctive.
This test needs to be done over three days and the results needs to be joined together and divided by 3 to have an average time.
Have you tried this test before, what are your results and experience?