Hypochlorhydria: 3 Common Signs of Low Stomach Acid
So, what are the theories?
The likely situation is the food you ate is being fermented by bacteria and the byproduct of their feast is gas.
If your acid levels are low enough and bacteria are surviving the stomach, most people will get repeated burps after eating.
Sometimes, you might even burp several hours after eating and taste ruminations of your meal.
This is a strong indicator that the food is still in your stomach when it should be in your small intestine.
The pH levels aren’t low enough to begin dumping the food into the intestines.
Bloating and farting following a meal could be explained by several problems.
One of these is bacterial overgrowth in the stomach or upper small intestine.
Lower acid levels would contribute to this by allowing these bacteria to live in the stomach or upper intestine.
There also could be a slowing of the speed of digestion, affording the bacteria longer access to the food.
I wish these problems were better understood.
But what I can tell you is based on extensive self-experimentation and working with personal clients when someone reports any of the problems above, there is a high chance they have low stomach acid.