|Hypochlorhydria Screening Quiz|
|Low Stomach Acid Assessment|
all heard about excess stomach acid and heartburn, but what about the
condition at the opposite end of the spectrum, low stomach acid? It's
believed to be involved in indigestion, premature aging, food
sensitivities, nutritional deficiency, bacterial overgrowth, yeast
infections, weak hair, skin, and nails, and a host of other conditions.
Who gets hypochlorhydria?
From approximately age 35 and on, most people begin to secrete less stomach acid. By the time people reach their 50's, many nutritionally-oriented doctors estimate that over 50% of their patients have low stomach acid, also called hypochlorhydria. People with a history of helicobacter pylori infection (the bacteria involved in stomach ulcers) and/or who have used protein pump inhibitor medications long-term are more likely to have hypochlorhydria.
Why is stomach acid needed?
Conditions related to hypochlorhydria
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.