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  • Helps relieve acid issues, bloating, and gas ǂ
  • With betain HCl to support healthy stomach acid levels ǂ
  • Soothing herbs and enzymes help settle the stomach and support thorough digestion ǂ
  • Ideal for those with low stomach acid levels (read on for more info) ǂ

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Digestive Care—For Sour Stomach

What is sour stomach? This term is used widely as a description for upper gastrointestinal distress and is sometimes known by other names such as acid indigestion, heartburn, or reflux. For many people, this digestive issue strikes at random and is not a condition they would describe as chronic or ongoing.

The signs include:

  • Acid burning in the esophagus and throat
  • Belching and/or stomach bloating
  • Nausea and sometimes vomiting
  • Occasional diarrhea and/or abdominal pain
  • A metallic/bad taste in the mouth
  • Excessive stomach gurgling

The medical community is circulating a big myth about sour stomach and its related digestive complaints. This myth is widely held as true for all who suffer with this issue but as we’ll see, it isn’t.

The Big Sour Stomach MYTH

The big myth for this condition is a blanket assumption that all sufferer’s sour stomach is caused by an over-production of stomach acid. You’ll find this “cause” stated in many online and print resources, and yet it does not apply to everyone. In fact, many people with acid indigestion concerns that affect the stomach and esophagus actually produce too little stomach acid!

So, how did this myth get started? We won’t speculate here except to acknowledge that far and away the most common treatments for acid indigestion today are acid suppressors that reduce the amount of stomach acid you secrete or produce.

Too much or too little? Interestingly, an over-production and an under-production of stomach acid result in almost identical symptoms such as acid indigestion, stomach ache, and bloating. Unless you have your stomach acid levels tested, you won’t know if you’re producing too much or too little or which condition is contributing to your acid indigestion. Your doctor can perform a stomach acid test such as the Heidelberg pH test to check your levels so you will know where you fall along the continuum.

Medication and Sour Stomach
Most medications for this issue work by suppressing, neutralizing, or reducing stomach acid in the stomach, and most people are convinced that too much stomach acid is causing their acid distress.

But what if you have low levels of stomach acid? If your acid levels are low these medications will not help. You may have low stomach acid levels as a result of aging, which depletes stomach acid production, or a nutrient deficiency such as a low intake of vitamins A, B, zinc, and protein. Other potential triggers for low stomach acid include stress and a low salt diet.

Beating the Low Stomach Acid Cycle

If your stomach acid levels are low, your food is not being broken down properly in the stomach. This state of under-digestion results in putrefied stomach contents and can contribute to the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) remaining open when food is eaten. If the LES remains open, stomach contents including acid can reflux up into the esophagus, causing the acid burning that is so uncomfortable.

  • Did you Know? Even a small amount of acid regurgitation into the esophagus can cause pain and acid indigestion. The esophagus, unlike the stomach, is not designed to tolerate stomach acid, however low the amount.

Boosting Your Stomach Acid Levels
Betaine hydrochloride (HCl) is a nutrient that helps support appropriate stomach acid levels and digestion in the stomach. This natural ingredient, available in sour stomach supplements such as IndigestionSTOP, helps offset the under-digestion that is happening in the stomach due to low stomach acid levels. ǂ When taken with meals, betaine HCl and other herbs and enzymes help support proper digestion in the stomach and head off acid indigestion. ǂ

IndigestionSTOP’s Stomach-Boosting Ingredients:

  • Betaine Hydrochloride (HCl) supports healthy levels of stomach acid so that food is thoroughly broken down in the stomach. ǂ
  • Plant-based Digestive enzymes protease, amylase, lipase, and cellulase help break down proteins, carbs, and fats in the small intestine. ǂ Improperly digested food in the stomach passes to the small intestine which has to make up for the stomach’s inefficiency. Supplementing with digestive enzymes here helps reduce bloating and supports proper nutrient breakdown and absorption. ǂ
  • Herbal Extracts ginger, gentian root, meadowsweet, and peppermint work as stomach soothers to help settle stomach upset and nausea. ǂ

Tips for Preventing Sour Stomach

  1. Avoid overeating, especially of fat-heavy meals.
  2. Cut down on carbonated beverages, caffeinated drinks, and alcohol, particularly with meals.
  3. Eat more slowly. Eating quickly can cause you to swallow air with your food and contribute to stomach troubles.
  4. Identify your trigger foods such as spicy dishes, chocolate, fried food, fatty dairy products such as cheese and ice-cream and avoid them. Over time and with proper digestive maintenance, you may be able to reintroduce these foods in small amounts.
  5. Do not lie down for 3-4 hours after eating.
  6. Get plenty of fiber in your diet (work toward 35g of fiber a day) to help prevent acid reflux and indigestion. Fruits, vegetables, and high fiber grains such as oatmeal are great for preventing acid reflux.