Stomach Acidity Test
Stomach acidity is one of the major keys to digestive and therefore overall health. 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 have the same pattern. Firstly they experience digestive issues and then years or decades later they receive a diagnose. 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.
Let’s look why good stomach acid is key to our health?
HCL is a protective barrier:
The HCL (Hydro Chloric Acid) is the first defence barrier between bacteria and other parasitic forms from outside and the gut. The greater the concentration the higher the protection and preservation of the good gut flora in the intestines.
Proper food brake down & gut microbiom:
Breaking down the foods particles to smaller pieces is another vital role of the HLC. The proper brake down of food makes it available for the intestinal bacteria and our cells. When there is a lack of stomach acidity or it is diluted by liquids, the food particles remain large. This large particles cannot be utilised by our bacteria, 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. People with disbiotic flora experience all sorts of GIT symptoms. This symptoms can be:
- excessive gas
- swelling in the abdominal area
- pain in the abdominal area
Food sensitivities & intolerances:
There are many other health conditions that can be linked to low stomach acidity such as food intolerances and sensitivities.
The triggers for sensitivities and intolerances are abnormally shaped or large and undigested particles. This contributes 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. This results in mineral deficiency, brittle hair, nails and even lower stomach acidity, becoming a vicious cycle.
How to perform a Stomach Acidity Test?
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!
Steps to perform the test:
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, the stomach acidity is very low and delayed, you need to support it 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 belch.
Do this Stomach Acidity Test over three days and then sum together the time and divide by 3 to have an average time.
Is your stomach acid low? Read this article to find out of the the most efficient ways to improve it: Digestive Elixir
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