What Causes Low Stomach Acid?
Stomach acid is depleted by lifestyle and dietary factors such as:
- Chronic stress
- Frequent antibiotic use
- A diet high in refined sugar and processed foods
- Bacterial dysbiosis
- Hormonal imbalances (particularly during pregnancy) (8)
- Frequent alcohol consumption
- Food sensitivities
- High acid foods: coffee, spicy foods, citrus, mint tea and tomatoes can also increase the severity of acid reflux symptoms
- Frequent use of antacids
Now for a quick note as to why antacids aren’t effective for GERD symptoms, and why they can actually do more damage in the long-term.