Acid Reflux vs Bile Reflux
Gallbladder symptoms can be similar to those of low stomach acid - but is it low or high? Fortunately, The 30 Day Gallbladder Solution addresses both solutions, but it is helpful for you to know what exactly is causing what so that you can work with it more effectively. Many people will order everything in the starter kit except the HCl. If that's you, think carefully after reading the virtues of stomach acid and the ills associated with a deficiency.
Acid symptoms could actually be a symptom of too little stomach acid rather than too much.
That may sound insane but here's the thing. Lack of hydrochloric acid is much more common than making too much. So why does it burn? It sure feels like acid. Right? Well it is. It's just an acid produced by food rotting in the stomach due to lack of digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid. It's a bi-product of putrefication. And the normal chain of events is for the food to leave the stomach and flow downward into the small intestine. But it isn't designed to cope with food in this state it so basically it stays where it is and ends up moving in the other direction instead -- up the stomach and into the esophagus.
Too much stomach acid? Really? I mean, how is it that millions of people on PPIs are making too much HCl? Hyperchlorhydria or too much stomach acid is rather rare. If you're overeating, eating junk food or other food that is hard to digest, eating when stressed, living under stress, changes are much greater that you don't make enough hydrochloric acid or digestive enzymes and your symptoms stem from that. Take a look at some of the symptoms caused by low stomach acid.
Signs of Deficient Stomach Acid
- Gas, bloating and burping shortly after a meal could be lack of HCl
- Feeling of fullness or food not digesting
- Heartburn and/or gastric relux (sometimes too much HCl but most often not enough)
- Bad breath
- Foul smelling stools
- Loose stools in the early morning
- Food allergies
- Dialated blood vessles on the cheeks and nose - Rosacea
- Pernicious anemia or iron deficiency
- Anal Itching
- Nausea especially after taking vitamins and minerals
- Weak or cracked nails
- Parasites - or at least increased susceptibility to parasitic infections
- Chronic yeast infections
- Acne in adults - especially if you have other symptoms from the list
Since low levels of stomach acid results in poor absorption of nutrients, many symptoms that accompany a deficiency of that vitamin or mineral makes this list much longer. The nutrients most affected are calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamin K and many B vitamins. See pernicious anemia.
If you're nervous about trying supplemental hydrochloric acid, you can do a trial with 1-2 TBSP of organic apple cider vinegar mixed with 1/8 to 1/4 cup of water after a meal. If it makes you feel better and does not hurt, you most likely would benefit from taking 500 - 1000 mg. of Betaine HCl with your meals.
H. Pylori Symptoms
If HCl does not take care of the acid symptoms, you may have a heliobacter pylori infection. Gnawing or burning symptoms can be indicative of an h. pylori infection. This pain tends to be located centrally, just below the rib cage. Other specific symptoms include burping, gas or flatulence, bloating, nausea and even vomiting. Even if you were tested for H. Plylori recently, it is possible to pick it up again when you go out to eat. Also, if anyone else in your family has it, you can keep passing it back and forth. So yes, h. pylori is contagious. Your family member may be asymptomatic, but still have it. All members of the family need to be treated when one person is diagnosed with H. Plyori infection. Pets too.
H. Pylori is found in half the adults in developed countries and up to 90% in underdeveloped countries. It is very common.
Tests for H. Pylori
The best tests for the heliobacter pylori bacteria are a stool and breath test. The stool test registers H. Pylori in the intestines; the breath test measures H. Pylori in the stomach.
H. Pylori Treatment
Chances are, if you have had chronic acid problems, and particularly if they do not respond to acid blockers or anything else you've tried, H. Pylori is likely the culprit. In your case, you do not even need to bother with the HCl at this time; get on Intesticalm, 2 capsules per meal for at least a month. If you still have acid symptoms, continue for one more month. And for any discomfort, use Herbal Digestive Bitters, 1-2 drops after each meal which may stop the pain without stopping digestion until you are symptom-free. Then you can start on HCl, using only one capsule and taking it mid-meal. I recommend anyone with GERD following this protocol for 1-2 months before attempting HCl.
Rather than testing, I find it cheaper and more convenient to just treat it herbal anti-microbials. An herbal antibiotic does not wipe out the good bacteria like a medication does. So there's no harm done, and lots to be gained. A trial with herbs is not a waste of time. In the event that H.Pylori is not the culprit, the herbal ingredients in these formulas are known to kill lots of different bacteria besides H.Pylori. It may even be useful for a sinus infection or a UTI. I use anti-microbial herbs prophylactically myself. You never know what you might pick up while you're eating out, traveling or who brings what in through your own front door!
If you have any of the following including GERD, they are often accompanied by or the cause of low stomach acid. And be aware that gluten is a common cause of heartburn or GERD. If you follow our gallbladder diet and cut out the gluten, you may notice a dramatic drop in your heartburn symptoms. Try the Herbal Digestive Bitters instead of antacids.
Risk Factors and Causes of Low Stomach Acid
- Adrenal fatigue
- Atrophic gastritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Candida and other Yeast
- Bacterial Dysbiosis or infections in the Gut
- Adult acne
- Alchohol consumption
- H. plylori infection
- Stress even in children
- Age. HCl production decreases wtih age
- Diseases Associated with Low HCl
- Acne rosacea
- Dry Skin
- Gallbladder disease
- Autoimmune disorders
- Lupus erythematosus
- Myasthenia gravis
- Pernicious anemia
- Celiac disease
- Sjogren 's Syndrome
Interestingly, even though you might experience indigestion or some form of digestive discomfort just after a meal with low stomach acid, later on you could experience a feeling of too much acidity and wake in the night from this as well. This overproduction of acid later on can still be associated with low stomach acid. Try supplemental HCl for a few days and watch to see if these symptoms subside. They should gradually decrease.
How to Increase Your Own HCl
Bitter greens like kale, collards, beet greens, arugula, etc. may help to encourage the release of your own stomach acid. Lemon, olive oil and ginger help as well. Try adding some ginger to The Beet Recipe, but only if you are in maintenance mode with your gallbladder and no longer in pain. Spicy ginger could upset the balance if you haven't been pain-free for at least a couple of months.
Zinc and Thiamine B1 are necessary components in the manufacturing of stomach acid. Beet greens contain both. So does Nutritional Yeast. Food sources of zinc include collard, chard, pumpkins seeds, figs and wild salmon. Thiamine B1 is found in brown rice, spinach and peas.
What is Bile Reflux vs Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid refluxes upwards through the esophageal sphincter (muscle) into the esophagus. Bile reflux is when the bile refluxes upwards from the duodenal portion of the small intestine through the pyloric sphincter into the stomach. The symptoms of Bile Reflux are similar to the burning pain associated with heartburn but also may include nausea and vomiting of bile.
Causes of Bile Reflux
Bile reflux can be caused by gallbladder surgery, but is more often a result of gastric surgery. The pyloric valve can also be obstructed by scar tissue or by an ulcer.
Natural Treatment of Bile Reflux - Three Methods
This is actually an old folk remedy, but a new treatment to most. Mix one packet of baker's yeast into a glass of warm water and drink on an empty stomach. This should alkalize the acidity and coat the stomach. Try it first thing in the morning and wait an hour before eating. If you take one after meals, wait 2 hours. Never mix with fruit or vegetable juice as it will ferment. You can take several packets daily if needed. This is worth a try for anyone. Baker's yeast contains many B vitamins which help to detoxify the liver and baker's yeast does not contribute to candida. It may, in fact, kill it.
The second method is to take two capsules or tablets of bentonite clay or 1 TBSP of the liquid form. Take symptomatically. Some people have occassional bouts with bile reflux; others experience it on an ongoing basis. If the latter is the case, try this dosage with each meal and again before bed until you feel relief.
The third method is to use two pain patches, a tan or negative patch over the point of the most pain, and a white or positive patch two or three inches away. Experiment with the placement as outlined in the directions. The patches simulate an accupressure or accupuncture treatment and can be very effective.
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