What are the signs and symptoms of low gastric acidity?

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Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Many symptoms and signs suggest impaired secretion of gastric acid, and a number of specific diseases have been found to be associated with insufficient output of gastric acid.

Common signs and symptoms of low gastric acidity are:

  • Bloating, belching, burning, and flatulence immediately after meals
  • Sense of fullness after eating
  • Indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation
  • Multiple food allergies
  • Nausea after taking supplements
  • Itching around the rectum
  • Weak, peeling, cracked fingernails
  • Dilated blood vessels in the cheeks and nose
  • Acne
  • Iron deficiency
  • Chronic intestinal parasites or abnormal flora
  • Undigested food in stool
  • Chronic candida infections
  • Gassiness in the upper digestive tract
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