HCL (hydrochloric acid or stomach acid) is critical for good digestion and immune health. Yet so many of us are put on antacids when we have reflux. Actually, reflux may be a symptom of low stomach acid. When we have low stomach acid, our protein digestion is impaired. . With low stomach acid, protein moves into the small intestine partially digested which can cause fermentation and worse even leaky gut.
Hydrochloric acid secretion may be completely inhibited by stress, emotion, or worry. It is the low-grade, long-term, emotionally-oriented life stress that is more the culprit here. initially, intense stress caused by high stress situations or desire for high achievement is associated more with HCL over (hyper) secretion and peptic ulcer disease (at least initially). As the stress continues, the body is exhausted and HCL production is no longer adequate.
one way to naturally increase stomach acid is by using apple cider vinegar before a meal ( do not use if there is significant stomach irritation or and Ulcer). Zinc carnosine may also be very helpful in supporting this need. Food for thought. If stress is causing your issue, then consider prayer or meditation before a meal and review your lifestyle.