By Heather Nicholds
Stomach acid remedies are so often thought of as just antacids. That perspective misses looking at the underlying cause of the symptoms, which can actually be too little stomach acid and not too much.
Even though heartburn seems so common, an underactive stomach is actually much more common than an overactive stomach. Heartburn can be a reaction to the type of foods you eat, and not necessarily an indicator of a stomach imbalance.
Eating too much meat, dairy, processed foods or fatty foods, not chewing enough and being under stress can all cause your stomach to underperform at its job. The amount of acid that your stomach produces also decreases naturally with age.
These are symptoms of both an excess and a deficiency of stomach acid. If you have these symptoms, you need to figure out which one you have.
Swallow a capsule or tablet of hydrochloric acid on an empty stomach. If you feel a burning sensation, your stomach is producing too much acid. If you don't notice anything, your stomach is most likely not producing enough acid on its own. You can try this with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar as well.
Do you have any thoughts on your own level of stomach acid? Let me know by leaving a comment below.