Underactive stomach may be from allergies, skin problems or worse - quiz & video.

For detailed Underactive Stomach help watch the video above and/or read below.  Here is the link for additional help.

How to Correct an Underactive Stomach 

Wrong kind? Here is a link to the overactive stomach recommendations.

Q u i z !

Which of These 11 Stomach Warning Symptoms Do You Actually Have - OverActive or UnderActive?

Home Test For An Underactive Stomach

Here's a way to determine if you need more stomach acid:

When you have indigestion, drink water with 1 tsp cider vinegar in it.

If it makes the indigestion go away, you are likely not producing sufficient stomach acid (hydrochloric acid -- HCL)

underactive stomach symptoms feel really bad

Similar Symptoms to Overactive Stomach

The symptoms of an underactive stomach closely match those of an overactive stomach, and therefore care must be taken to choose the correct treatment.

Other Diseases That Could Cause and Underactive Stomach

  • Low levels of hydrochloric acid (HCL) are associated with a number of disorders such as:
  • anemia
  • allergies
  • osteoporosis
  • skin problems
  • Poor liver function may also be a factor in your digestive problems. Does your chart also show a liver imbalance?

Symptoms More
Frequent with Age

We usually secrete less HCL as we age. Most young people can eat just about any combination of food without suffering digestive discomfort. However as we age most of us need to be more careful of how we combine foods. It would be very useful to learn how to combine foods for the least digestive discomfort. We have chart that illustrates food combining here and you might also consider the suggestions in the table below.

Low Hydrochloric
Acid Levels

.An underactive stomach is the result of a shortage of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the digestive chamber, which causes proteins or fat to digest too slowly and remain in the stomach too long.

Causes Discomfort from Fermentation and Gas

This causes discomfort from the fermentation and gas that is created.

Worse if Sugars are Present

These symptoms will be even worse if sugars are trapped in the stomach at the same time.

Antacids Make the
Problem Even Worse

Making the mistake of taking an antacid neutralizes and further reduces the already inadequate amount of stomach acid.

This causes the contents of the stomach to be dropped into the small intestine, where it continues to ferment, generating intestinal gas.

Antacids Turn Stomach
Gas into Intestinal Gas

Nothing is improved -- stomach gas has been turned into intestinal gas.

Underactive stomach problems have been around for ages

Use Nutrition to
Strengthen Digestion

A better long-term solution for the cure of an underactive stomach is to strengthen the stomach's natural HCL production capability as much as possible.

This can be achieved by cautiously using supplements such as vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes, and learning how to combine foods for effective digestion and maximum nutritional benefit.

Too Much HCL or Too Little?

Many people who have bloating, gas and/or indigestion assume that they have too much stomach acid (hydrochloric acid, HCL) when they probably have too little.

Burning sensation could be a symptom of an underactive stomach

Underactive Stomach or Overactive?

The symptoms of an underactive stomach are very similar to those of an overactive stomach.

  • the symptoms of an UNDERactive stomach occur IMMEDIATELY after meals such as:
  • discomfort
  • bloating
  • burping
  • gas
  • burning
  • but symptoms of an OVERactive stomach only begin from from 45 minutes to 5 to 6 hours AFTER the meal, or even in the middle of the night.
  • OVERactive stomach symptoms might be relieved by a snack or by drinking a bit of milk
  • but UNDERactive symptoms will not. be relieved by a snack or by drinking a bit of milk
  • Other UNDERactive symptoms you might have are:
  • a full, heavy feeling after meals
  • rectal itch
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • food allergies
  • nausea, after taking vitamin or mineral supplements.
  • You may be able to clear up your problem simply by making some dietary changes.
  • We usually secrete less HCL as we age.

Food Combining Suggestions

  • Proteins and fats are much harder to digest when eaten in the same meal with sugars.
  • A small amount of meat eaten at a meal that ends with cake, pie, ice cream or fruit might digest reasonably well, while the same meal with a larger amount of meat (a steak or hamburger, for instance) may create an uncomfortable digestive problem for you.
  • Protein and fats stay in the stomach up to four hours, while sugars are digested in the intestines and should pass through the stomach in only minutes, which they do, if eaten independent of proteins and fats.
  • However, eaten together, proteins, fats and sugars stay in the stomach too long, causing gas to form, which results in intestinal discomfort.
  • If you want to eat fruit or a dessert, or drink juice you should do so at least ½ hour before your main meal, or wait at least one hour (preferably two to 3 hours) after you've finished your meal.
  • This keeps the sugars from being trapped in your stomach with the slower digesting proteins and fat, and thus avoids the cause of gas formation.
  • If you have digestive difficulties, it can be both instructive and interesting to carefully observe your body's responses to food, because your body will tell you when you've exceeded your digestive limits.
  • For instance, combining eggs (protein) with orange juice (fruit) for many people is a sure formula for digestive discomfort.
  • Simply taking more care with your combinations of food may solve your digestive problems.
  • Always eat food slowly and chew thoroughly.
  • If you continue to have digestive problems, take a good broad spectrum digestive enzyme supplement (containing betaine HCL) after your biggest meal.
  • A broad spectrum digestive enzyme will help in digestion of carbohydrates as well as digestion of proteins and fat.
  • If you don't think you need those, you can buy a betaine HCL supplement separately.
  • You can take one or more at each meal, but as you pay closer attention to your body's responses you will discover which meals (and which types of meals) require the digestive supplements.
  • You may only need a digestive supplement with a meal that is high in protein and/or fat.
  • Too much HCL will give you a warm, burning feeling in your stomach, and you will know to cut back.
  • If you take more than one capsule, take them throughout your meal.
  • After taking the digestive supplements for a few months, you will likely notice you are secreting more digestive juice on your own, and you can then cut back.
  • As an alternative to a digestive enzyme supplement, try drinking a bit of apple cider vinegar just before a meal.
  • Do not take a digestive enzyme supplement and do not drink vinegar if you have any inflammation of the stomach lining.

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