What Could Be Causing Your Acid Reflux And Indigestion?
Acid reflux is a condition that many people suffer with, and it is often recurring or chronic. It occurs when gastric fluid (the acid content of the stomach) flows back up into the esophagus.
Its symptoms are:
- Heartburn or acid indigestion - a burning pain that moves from your stomach to your chest, and sometimes your throat.
- Dyspepsia - stomach discomforts such as: upper abdominal pain, bloating, burping and nausea after eating.
- Regurgitation - as the stomach acid backs up into your throat or mouth, you can experience a bitter, sour taste and/or "wet burps".
If you're someone who struggles with acid reflux, you're probably trying to determine what is causing this painful condition and what you can do to put a stop to it...here are two possibilities...
Could you have low stomach acid or Hydrochloric Acid
Hydrochloric acid is an important part of your digestive processes and without it, you are unable to digest proteins, and additionally:
- It helps create a sterile condition for your gut.
- It is important to the process of breaking down, digesting and absorbing nutrients.
- It plays an integral part in naturalizing pathogens, changing the pH balance of the gastrointestinal tract, and impacting microbiome diversity.
Some of the symptoms of low Hydrochloric Acid are:
- Reflux and/or heartburn
- Gas and/or bloating
- Stomach heaviness after eating
- Trouble digesting proteins
If your digestive system isn't working properly, acid reflux can occur.
Take the "apple cider vinegar challenge"
You can now, inexpensively, test your hydrochloric acid levels in the comfort and privacy of your own home, by taking the apple cider vinegar challenge:
- Drink 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, with or without water.
- Do your reflux symptoms get better or worse?
- Do your symptoms go away? That could mean you are lacking in hydrochloric acid.
- Do your symptoms get worse? This could mean you have ulcer or gastric irritation, which is caused by a bacterial infection
Talk to your functional medicine doctor for ways to treat your ulcers and infections.
Could Gallbladder sludge be your problem?
Your gallbladder can also cause indigestion or acid reflux...it is responsible for releasing bile into the body, which facilitates the digestion of fat. Gallbladder sludge is created when the bile builds up, thickens, and can't be released. This can cause the formation of stones which can block the gallbladder from working altogether.
Some of the symptoms that gallbladder sludge is present are:
- Bloating and stomach distention
- Reflux and/or indigestion
- Trouble digesting acidic or fatty foods
Again, if your digestive system isn't working properly, acid reflux can occur.
If you are repeatedly experiencing acid reflux and any of the symptoms listed above, it's a good idea to make an appointment with a doctor of functional medicine to determine the causes and how to eliminate them.