Healing Digestion: Part 2 – Digestive Tonics for Low Stomach Acid

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  1. I found this one really helpful, and I am looking forward to the post about indigestion tonics!

    1. Hopefully, you won’t even need them by the time we get there! Many of these will also work as indigestion tonics too, but there is a whole other range of remedies that specifically deal with gas and bloating.

  2. I have NEVER had heartburn – like ever and all of a sudden with this third pregnancy of mine I get it about 2-3 times per week – it is so crazy. It isn’t horrible but it is definitely there. The ACV takes it right away. Curious your thoughts on this related to pregnancy? With my first 2 pregnancies I never had it at all.

  3. Did you ever get the swedish bitters recipe? I have a basic DIY Bitters recipe I got from Mountain Rose Herbs (blog) but would love to try yours. Thanks! 🙂

    1. That’s on my long term to do list, but I really should move it to my short one! I’ll try to have it ready within the next couple of months because my daughter would really benefit and I can’t find one without citrus to buy commercially.

  4. Wonderful blog. So so happy to have found you. I did so through Empowered Sustenance. I have a question for you. If I have had troubles with ulcers since I was a young girl, and am now 50, am I possibly the rare exception that it could be too much acid. I have a rare disorder called mast cell disease and my stomach seems to be sensitive with allergic reactions to every thing even though I may not actually be allergic to the food. I notice in the pollen seasons, my acid reflux is so severe that I actually have trouble with swallowing due to acid reflux, even though I don’t have the burning feeling in my throat like most say.

    1. It is definitely possible. I would have an acid test done to be sure. There’s a very simple test called The Heidelberg Stomach Acid Test that your doctor can perform to give you a definitive answer. Normally, I suggest increasing your stomach acid with an HCl supplement as a test, but not if you have ulcers. I am working with mast cell disease right now with good results. There’s always hope from ‘incurable’ diseases with holistic healing. 🙂 Best of luck!

  5. Thank you so so so much! I’ve been only eating broth and few steamed veggies for almost a month now to avoid the awful bloating and indigestion.
    So I’ve found I definitely feel less full/bloating when I do the acv before the meal, but I want to incorporate enzymes as well. From what I’ve read, it sounds like the stomach acid will basically cancel out the enzymes I’ll be taking before the meal?
    Would taking the ACV 15 minutes prior to eating, then the enzyme with the beginning of a meal be beneficial?
    Thank you for your help.

    1. I would try adding it at the very end of your meal, since you are taking the ACV at a different time than your stomach ‘juices’ normally kick in. Enzymes should be taken either at the beginning or end of a meal. You may need to adjust your dose also based on your body’s needs before you notice a benefit.

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  7. Dear Jennifer! Such an awesome article. After weeks of burning pain it turned out that due to low stomach acid I now have irritated esophagus and inflammation in the duodenum with open cardiac sphincter. I now try to help my irritated mucus lining with your suggestions since no medicine helps me so far in weeks. I even tried L-glutamine but dont feel better at all. My other question is that if stomach-acid gets back to normal, can the cardiac sphicter normalize again or it stays open now forever? Doctors say that now I need stomach-acid tablet all my life due to its being open but herbalists say it can be fixed, I shouldnt worry. I am so confused. Thank you so much!

    1. The damage can be reversed in many cases. Unless there is erosion that the body can’t heal from, it can often regrow and learn to function properly like any other tissue. Doctors aren’t in the game of healing. They only know disease maintenance, but an herbalist learns a holistic method of healing. Their answers will often very greatly.

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