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Hypochlorhydria Screening Quiz
Low Stomach Acid Assessment

We've all heard about excess stomach acid and heartburn, but what about the condition at the opposite end of the spectrum, low stomach acid? According to some alternative medicine practitioners, low levels of stomach acid may be involved in indigestion, food sensitivities, bacterial overgrowth, yeast infections, weak hair, skin, and nails, and a host of other conditions.

Who gets hypochlorhydria?

From approximately age 35 and on, many people begin to secrete less stomach acid.

Why is stomach acid needed?

  • Stomach acid is needed to produce an enzyme called pepsin, which breaks down protein.

  • Fat and carbohydrate absorption also rely on stomach acid. Stomach acid triggers the release of secretin, which then triggers the pancreas to produce enzymes that digest fat (lipase), protein (protease), and carbohydrates (amylase).

  • Stomach acid helps keep the digestive tract sterile, preventing the overgrowth of bacteria and yeast. In alternative medicine, low stomach acid is considered a cause of bacterial overgrowth or candida yeast infection.

  • Stomach acid is needed to absorb properly absorb micronutrients, including iron

Conditions related to hypochlorhydria

  • Acne
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Eczema
  • Food allergy and sensitivity
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Small intestine bacterial overgrowth
  • Candida yeast infection
  • Vitiligo
  • Adrenal fatigue

Keep in mind that other conditions can also cause these symptoms and that it is important to consult a health professional for a diagnosis.

You can begin the quiz below. A higher score suggests a greater likelihood of hypochlorhydria. Having the signs, symptoms, and lifestyle factors in this hypochlorhydria screening quiz should prompt a discussion with an alternative medicine practitioner to see if further evaluation needs to be done. Be aware that most conventionally-trained doctors may not recognize this condition.

For information on treating hypochlorhydria naturally, this site has all you need to get started. 

Start The Quiz

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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