Have you ever been on a hot date or at an important business lunch, when you let out a burp? Or maybe you have bloating & have been embarrassed when people ask if you are pregnant? Fortunately this problem can be rectified.
Bloating, belching & burping are all signs of digestive problems. One of the main causes is hypochlorhydria – a deficiency of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Many people are under the impression that they have too much acid in the stomach, but this is rarely the case. Hypochlorhydria increases with ageing. The belching, burping and bloating can be a result of the food sitting in your stomach fermenting rather than being broken down and passing into the bowel.
Other signs of hypochlorhydria include:
Weak, peeling or cracked fingernai Undigested foods in the stool Flatulence
Chronic intestinal infections Feel like foods sit in the stomach Iron deficiency
Itching around the rectum History of food allergies Post adolescent acne
Dilated capillaries on the face (rosacea)
One of the causes of hypochlorhydria is zinc deficiency. Interestingly the last 5 signs of hypochlorhydria (see list above) are also associated with low zinc levels. Zinc deficiency is incredibly high in some countries i.e. in Australia around 75% of people are zinc deficient. A zinc tally test may help you determine if you have a zinc deficiency. Also white spots on the nails would indicate a zinc problem also.
Zinc can be obtained from foods like oysters, but unfortunately is unlikely to be well absorbed initially because of your low hydrochloric acid, so try a supplement for a few months.
Also try these techniques to help rectify your low gut acid:
Eat Umeboshi plums Drink vinegar (apple cider 1 tablespoon daily in water works well)
Control Stress Take Swedish Bitters.