Alternative Medicine/Low Stomach Acid?
I have always suffered from poor digestion and get bloated whenever I eat. I have been able to identify red meat, dairy, and gluten as the main offenders and have cut them out which has helped a lot-plus I am losing a little weight.
Lately however I have been waking up with nausea early in the morning. I am susceptible to heartburn, and from what I have googled, the fact I now work nights, and snack when I get home may probably be the culprit.
I also discovered I may actually have hypochloridia, or not enough stomach acid. Maybe this is why I have trouble digesting tough foods like red meat? Also, sorry for the yuck factor, my stools have a lot of undigested food. I know what healthy and non healthy stools look like as I worked in a nursing home. Is it possible the lack of acid is the reason the food isnt digesting? BTW digestive enzymes and probiotics do help to a certain extant. Anyhoo, I just started taking Betain HCA. Only been a couple days but I am feelin better and my you know whats are looking better and there are fewer of them.
Thanks for your thoughts, and have a very happy new year!
Hi Bonny. It sounds like you have already figured out some important factors influencing your digestion. Acid-alkaline balance is another important consideration. I also find that where bloating is a significant problem there is a high likelihood of a condition known as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) +/- intolerance to lactose (in dairy products) and/or fructose (in fruit and corn syrup). These possibilities are worth investigating. You'll need to find a clinic that offers hydrogen-methane breath testing to get a diagnosis.
Let me know if you need further help.