How to Naturally Treat Low Stomach Acid

How to Naturally Treat Low Stomach Acid

Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here from Today,
I’m going to talk about natural remedies for low stomach acid. The truth is, your stomach
must be acidic and highly acidic to break down the food you’re consuming and for proper
absorption. If you have acid reflux of any type, GERD,
heartburn, if you have a condition like leaky gut or inflammatory bowel disease, even most
skin issues today, or a lack of certain nutrients, those are all major warning signs that you
have low stomach acid. So you actually want to naturally balance the pH of your stomach. I’m going to talk about the top five steps
and natural remedies you can take and follow to naturally improve your stomach acid and
improve your digestive function. Again, these are great ways, especially if you have acid
reflux, these are great natural cures and remedies. So number one thing you can do to start to
balance this pH in your stomach is take apple cider vinegar right before your meals. I would
take one tablespoon and just a very small thing of water. Apple cider vinegar is a great thing to do.
It’s a great natural remedy because apple cider vinegar has a very low pH in balance
with your stomach. That’s the number one remedy. By the way, one of the thing oftentimes I’ll
add to my apple cider vinegar before a meal are digestive bitters. You can get a little
tincture of digestive bitters. Those are also great. In fact, bitters have been consumed
for thousands of years right after meals or before meals to improve your digestion. Number two thing you want to start taking
to improve your stomach acid are digestive enzymes. I would get a good digestive enzyme
blend and do one to two caps right before your meal. You could even take that with the
apple cider vinegar. Digestive enzymes will help you fully break down those nutrients. If your stomach acid is too high, that will
actually not allow you to break down the food you’re eating, so you must get plenty of enzymes.
That’s not something you should have to take the rest of your life, but it is something
you should take for a time until your stomach acid balances out. That’s number two. Number three thing you may consider if you
have stomach acid is HCL with pepsin. That’s hydrochloric acid with pepsin. Now, hydrochloric
acid is naturally created in your stomach now. That is really the main thing that creates
that very acidic environment to break down food. But if you’re deficient in hydrochloric acid,
in stomach acid yourself, that’s not going to allow you to fully digest and break down
things like protein, which over time, can also cause a condition called leaky gut. So
you want to do everything you can to heal and repair your gut. So again, HCL with pepsin is a great thing
you can start taking on a regular basis to really help heal your GI tract, to help fight
things like acid reflux, but again, to help improve stomach acid. Now, the trick with HCL is you typically want
to take that while you’re under the care of a physician or start off with one capsule.
By the way, you only take HCL with pepsin if you’re taking protein during a meal. So
again, if you’re not taking protein in a meal, you don’t want to use it. If you’re getting quite a bit of protein in
a meal like chicken or beef, you want to take HCL. When you get warmness in your stomach
that means you’re taking enough. You need to back it down. Some people need one, some
people may need to take up to nine capsules of HCL with pepsin. The fourth thing you can do to improve stomach
acid is take Manuka honey. Manuka honey is a specific type of honey out of New Zealand.
This honey has antimicrobial properties. One of the things that can happen is people
can develop things like SIBO. That’s small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and the wrong
type of bacteria in the stomach. One of the best things to take, you get this
Manuka honey. Just take a teaspoon a day or a teaspoon twice a day. It can actually help
in healing stomach ulcers and it’s also great for low stomach acid. Then, my last thing here is a lifestyle tip.
It’s not just the natural remedies. Those four things will help, but there are a few
other things you want to do to help heal your low stomach acid. One of those things is chew your food. So
often we’re in a race through life and we don’t take time to chew our food. Chew 30
times and then swallow. That’s my challenge to you. By the way, if you’ve ever watched a little
kid, they chew about 30 times. So make sure your food is totally chewed. That can help
your stomach acid. Also, eat smaller meals. If you’re eating
very, very large meals, you’re not going to allow your body to heal. That’s an issue. Then, the other thing is, try fasting or intermittent
fasting, whether it’s a bone broth fast, a vegetable juice fast or intermittent fasting.
Really, part of your body healing is letting it recover. If you’re continually eating food from morning
to sundown every day, your body doesn’t have time to recover and heal. So doing some fasting
is another great way to help balance out stomach acid. So remember this, you need stomach acid. It’s
good for you. You want balanced levels. If you follow those home remedies to heal low
stomach acid, I know you’re going to see results fast. If you want to learn more tips on how to improve
your digestive health, then hey, you can subscribe to this YouTube channel. Also, you can check out I’ve got
some great articles on how to heal leaky gut, heal stomach acid, and some free e-books you
may be interested in downloading there for more advice. Hey guys, this has been Dr. Axe with how to
naturally heal low stomach acid.


  • HannahX says:

    You and dr. Berg are the only ones that offered a real solution. You've just explained all of my problems. Thank you.

  • waakk1 says:

    I am constantly having gas that just comes out on its own. I believe it is intestinal gas. I am constantly smelling bad. What is wrong? I have had this for 15 years now


    I took hcl betaine with pepsin and I still got Gerd, I took 1to 3 capsules. Do I need more? Or I don’t have a problem with my stomach acid

  • EARTH IS HOME says:

    How can we make health insurance also pay for natural medicine… having to pay for an insurance it only helps provide relief of symptoms from Conventional Medicine. So unfair!!! God bless you Doctor for the golden info provided to us!!!!!

  • Trino Ponce says:

    Dr. Axe, While I enjoy your teachings and I have learned a lot from it. Your teachings have helped me a lot. I thought I would share something with you. I'm sure you already know about this. But I thought I'd share it with you anyway.
    I did find another video clip, with info Like I said, it might be helpful. Keep up the good work, you are awesome.
    Thank you again, Have a beautiful day.

  • Yue Qi says:

    I am struggling with my small portion and my appetite. I am underweight for a long time. My dietitian gives me a meal plan but I can not eat enough. I have lots of indigestion issues and gastritis . I take digestive enzyme supplements and probiotics everyday but my condition has not got better.

  • Tea Leaves says:

    Do I need to use alls as the same time before meal or use one of them?

  • Blakebot J says:

    Great advice but the title read natural methods. Capsules while helpful are not natural. Can HCL be improved by any other means?

  • Mrs Sandy says:

    what about people that didn't know any better & had the gull bladder removed to find out I 'm sicker now & need medications to keep me out of pain every day. I'm worse because the doctors fixed it. Just like they took out my appendix when I had a C-sections but nothing was wrong with it. It's just too crazy, but I didn't know I shouldn't trust any doctor our insurance is willing to help pay for. You talk about a normal body, but what about a body that the doctors cut out body parts & either sold to make money or put into the garbage can. How can we now find our way back to healthy?

  • sfaithfully1 says:

    What about aloe vera juice?

  • Vax Buster says:

    I find oranges and tangerines heal my stomach problems after a meal

  • Eslam Al.Sheikh says:

    I tried the Baking Soda test. The product I used has sodium bicarbonate, sodium acid pyrophosphate and starches. I belched once in a minute and did not belch again for approximately 15 minutes. What does that mean?

  • Nayana Tara R says:

    Dr.Axe, drinking 2tsp of ACV in one glass of water is giving me severe chest pain due Acidity. I am taking it first thing in the morning. Can/should I continue taking it, if so, how to overcome that bloating and chest pain. I am B12 deficient, Anemic and also suffer from gas/Acidity. Please Advise.

  • Eslam Al.Sheikh says:

    How to be sure I am suffering from hypoclorhydria(low stomach acid)?
    Is there a lab test for that?

  • Liz I love you says:

    Is his right eye blue? Thanks for the vid

  • Lexa Chexa says:

    Apple Cider vinegar not always is good
    for me it was a bomb 🔥🛢 in my stomach.

  • Dawn Oliver says:

    Just worried that HCL will kill my very expensive probiotics! I take probiotics before a meal and HCL with a protein meal.

  • Trino Ponce says:

    Dr. Axe, Thank you. Your teachings have been of great help. We need more people like you in the world. Keep up the good work.

  • TDubsKid says:

    not chewing my food enough seemed to be the cause of my stomach issues also packing too much food in at once wasn't helping since I was Intermittent fasting and trying to eat one meal a day. I think eating 2 meals a day will be a lot better for me

  • Pat Butler says:

    How to get diagnosis??

  • Alberta Reid says:

    Spinach alone with helps, I also use cucumber, parsley, strawberries an mint with spring water, put all the vegetable an fruit in the water let it set for about 15 or so, an drink up

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  • Marie Novak says:

    God bless you! dr axe I suffered for 3 years and 4 months from estomac acid reflux exteme pain unbelievable pain I tried antacids nexium, carafes, gaviscon, dexlansprazole, nothing worked,then I had acids reflux surgery linx and haital hernia surgery I still had burning the troat and esophagus and tongue and ears and burning eyes and extreme dry mouth and eyes, so I saw your video I tried your advice my estomac acid reflux is reduced greatly I use digestive enzymes , God bless you! Salam alikum! peace be upon you!

  • kennedyhair84 says:

    Anybody else have trouble with fasting? My digestion is so bad I constantly get really bad cravings and it's next to impossible for me to do any sort of intermittent fasting. It's almost as if the worse my stomach gets the less likely I am to eat healthy and fast due to the constant cravings. I'll definitely try the ACV though.

  • Kojerr Jerrycho says:

    If i had gastritis…can i use that apple cider vinegar before meals??

  • DrSterlingSimmons says:

    Apple cider vinegar triggers severe anxiety

  • greg basilio says:

    I actually got my reflux by intermittent fasting 😪

  • Sabrina Az says:

    I have this problem but went I take apply s vinegar it makes it wears.

  • AliceInGachaLand says:


  • Peter Jensen says:

    If our pH is critical, it's important to eat our proteins first, as the stomach churns out most of its acid early on while we're having a dinner. Also, we should try to separate drinking and eating, at least ensure a timeframe for the protein to be soaked in undiluted stomach acid.

    Here's an interesting article about drinking while eating: (the article points out that people who drink considerably while eating, often cheat in chewing).

  • Seif Azouz says:

    Chew 30x before swallowing it's the hardest thing to do lol

  • Surfer 10 says:

    How about having GERD with bloating?

  • what what says:

    apple cider vinegar makes my bloods acidic too dangerous .

  • Digital Piggy says:

    I was skeptical at first because everyone on YouTube is an expert but what you say makes logical sense so I figured I have nothing to lose. I've suffered from acid reflux for more than 15 years and two years ago it got so bad it would double me over. I would start coughing then aspirate acid into my lungs which could cause me to start vomiting. This would happen daily. My doctor put me on Prilosec. It helped but then I started putting on weight. 30 lbs in 6 months.

    I ran out of Prilosec 5 days ago. Instead of buying more at $20 a box I got bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar for $6. Three days in and I can not believe the improvement! I've had only mild heartburn when I sleep which goes away with a sip of water.

    If this continues to improve you have completely changed my life! Thank you!!!

  • Big Apple says:

    Can taking probiotics survive stomach acid?

  • Ezra Reign says:

    For how long do I do all this?

  • Movie Scottwz says:

    I cured my heartburn without any medicine.   I know this is going to sound crazy, but I had hiatal hernia and was getting heartburn even when I drank just water.

    Upon waking up in the morning on an empty stomach drink 3-4 cups of water.

    Than get on the ball of your feet and drop down on your heals.

    Do this about 20 times.  The weight of the water drops your hernia/stomach down to where it belongs.  You will no longer have heartburn

    1 trick to stops acid reflux in 48 hours , click here :

  • Merina Nagarkoti says:

    I have now a little reflux coming.How can I stop that too?

  • glamified92 says:

    My doctor laughed when I told him about low stomach acid. He said if I did have that condition, I’d be the first person to have that condition.

  • chris Hucke says:

    take care with intermitted fating. empty stomage–>less stomage acid–>lower ph

  • Rimanio Suvalio says:

    This is glorious, I've been looking for "acid reflux causes treatment" for a while now, and I think this has helped. You ever tried – Mackorny Cool Stomach Blueprint – (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now ) ? Ive heard some super things about it and my work buddy got excellent results with it.

  • veronica jnmarie says:

    What are these enzymes


    Can you try all remedies at once or do you just choose one?

  • kareem is says:

    Please help.I have got Rosacea and tons of ance due to my low stomch acid.So.I have tried apple cinder vinegar for 1 month and i also have tried lemon , ginger ,sea slat mixture for another 1 month and i saw no improvements at all .So,is it normal to take that much time to recover? i mean i tried everything and my acne and rosacea still the same.Why is that ? :'(

  • Teri Moore says:

    Dr Axe…the number one thing to fix low HCL is fixing and stimulating your Vagus Nerve. The Vagus nerve controls HCL and digestive juices. HCL supplements are just band aids. Gastroparesis (no HCL or digestive enzymes) is caused by an underactive Vagus Nerve. Dr. Datis Kharrazian has a fantastic video and book on this

  • Sophia says:

    not eating pig stomach, thanks 😉

  • Tim Agosta says:

    I will try this. I have been going to a doctor's for ibs c and sibo but they keep giving me laxative which don't do anything I feel like I have digestive system the food just sit and nothing happens

  • Edward Tanner says:

    If your stomach is infalmed by acid would apple cider vinegar not make it worse ? I know wine or citris food makes my stomach worse

  • Monkizaki says:

    This is what I call a DAMN DR.

  • WingMan Hoy says:

    I drink apple cider vinegar with green tea through out the day, I love it.

  • B CooL 24/7 says:

    Can I have buttermilk or lemon juice before meal to increase stomach acid?

  • Israel Ortega says:

    Ok high vs low? How do we knw

  • Myrna Malkin says:


  • Adrienne W. says:

    I actually just tested my ACV (Organic, 5% acidity, w mother) and it was (6-7) neutral. This is conflicting w what I thought the intentions were.

  • Mayrna J says:

    Also mastic gum

  • Jex L says:

    im so distracted by how tilted your head is… makes a shoulder drop too.

  • Pete Zar says:

    eat a good clean (as natural as possible) diet

  • Alex Naples says:

    I have very low stomach acid…my life has become pure hell

  • Sachin Kumar says:

    If we chew more wud it not add more saliva(which is alkaline)?? & will alkaline thing not oppose acidic environment in stomach ?? Plz clarify…

  • NeverGetsOld says:

    Hai doc. Please answer my question.if our body take fasting ,does our body produce acid in our stomach to add those low acid back to normal acid volume ? If does,how mau hours to take off our body produce the acid ?

  • Magnolia Hampton says:

    Fast and pray

  • Simon Bro says:

    Should we do all these things at the same time? And for how long?

  • Deb Seeton says:


  • These Truths says:

    Bravo Dr Axe…you the man! Clearly taught. I testify in a court of skeptics this stuff works. Was a long road for me to figure out because I was so brainwashed in the government medical system that is very narrow and near-deaf minded, that it took me a while to figure out the FIRST doctor we should always see is a nutritionist who isn't bought and paid for by greedy western medicine profiteers! Then a general jack of all trades natural doctor as a balance…then to whatever else if a specialist is even needed. We have too many "specialists" and not enough wise general practitioners!
    Also I noticed that drinking malt liquors and wheat/micro brew beers (and I so crave them, lol), just occasional social smoking, and eating processed whole and enriched wheat products were also noticable irritants for the reflux and stomach acid when it was at worst. I had to cut those out until my gut was entirely healed and then could partake every couple of months and be okay with no problem.
    Don't take the stomach acid suppression pills and antacids until your test your stomach acid because my lack of acid was the root problem for 16 years. A 4-week diet change, some minor fasting, and cheap supplements and a little added stretching and exercise made it be gone and I feel 50x better. You don't need the supplements (enzymes, betaine hcl, vitamins/minerals) but they did help my recovery because let's face it… it's hard to eat healthy in our fast and greedy culture. If you can eat out of the organic isle for a month and eat mostly raw stuff, drink clean nutritional liquids, and eat natural probiotics you'd likely have the same effect.

  • Elvira Productions says:

    I'm interested in more about the fasting. I would like to try a veggie smoothie or chicken broth fast. Is there anywhere online or anyway to find out more of your advice on this? Thank you!

  • Erin Michalk says:

    I thought heartburn was caused from having too much stomach acid. He said it was from having low stomach acid? Please explain this.

  • Arushi Sharma says:

    I had severe acidity problem which caused chest pain, bloating and constant burping. I had tried many allopathic treatments but nothing worked on me. Then I had bought planet Ayurveda acidity care pack.

  • Bass Man says:

    I have too much acid: Its says Hypersecretio. So from now 2 years I cant even drik water properly…What should I do?

  • Bass Man says:

    So i have erosive gastritis and before gastroscopy I have consumed food that helps heal gastritis or some natural remedies. So my question is: Can be H. Pylori missed on gastroscopy – biopsy test, becouse I have used 24 hours before test, something that might kill H. Pylori or heal gastritis in natural way?

  • E P says:

    We forgot juicing celery first thing in the morning, I think that's the most powerful way.

  • tripti dahiya says:

    How long we need to follow these remedies?

  • mustaque rumi says:

    I have low gastrin level. Does it mean I have low stomach acid

  • DJPLAT says:

    Soooo if i have diarrhea is this why?

  • Marie Harnett says:

    I’m my experience getting tested to see why your getting reflux is the start. Not just to fix the symptoms!
    In my case h pylori was the culprit, still trying to eradicate this. Started natural protocols Oct 2018 after one round of triply therapy didn’t kill it.
    I did a G.I. map stool test, it’s there plus 4 other opportunistic bacteria. Bad bacteria too high and good bacteria too low. I don’t get acid reflux since the antibiotics but my gut just didn’t feel right.
    About to started hcl this week – wish me luck!

  • sebbe239 says:

    Use more salt!

  • 9fingeredwonder says:

    Also, your stomach requires sodium to create its own hydrochloric acid….Dr. Axe did mention bone broth which has some, but I suggest making sure there is some sodium in your meals…[[|:-)

  • mustaque rumi says:

    Can you take hcl with pepsin if you have low stomach acid as well as gastritis?

  • Simple Me says:

    Apple cider burns the heck out of my stomach.

  • JESUS CHRIST says:

    I learn a lot of things from you. BLESS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

  • Cutie Pie says:

    Anyone used apple cider vinegar for acid reflux and got cured?? Kindly share your results

  • Bryan Greyson says:

    I made a mistake drinking alkaline water for the past 3 days after experiencing gerd

  • David A says:

    Been using an alkaline pitcher to raise the ph because my reverse
    osmosis is very acidic with 5.0 ph and I raise it to a ph of 9 with the
    alkaline pitcher for drinking. I thought drinking water that was very
    acidic was bad for you. But what if someone doesnt have enough stomach
    acid and they drink a high ph water all the time? Is that counter

  • Solange matondo says:

    Thank you Dr Axe for this video is my first time to watch kind of video this stomach acid is affecting my life, I take medication but nothing change still have that and platy of gas on my mouth I'm so sick of this needs help. Please Dr can you advice what tape of food is causes stomach acid? Because all food that I eat cause me problems same time don't eat and constipation all times I need help. Thanks Dr

  • Thunder says:

    Wouldn't apple cider vinegar ruin the taste of the meal?

  • Golan Remmen says:

    How 'bout coffee post meals. Stimulates gastric HCL pumps reputedly. Definitely helps me (I have low stomach acid). Since I started on coffee a few years ago I've been able to eliminate the HCL caps.

  • Colton Hellwig says:

    Will any of these suggestions harm me if I actually have high stomach acid?

  • SeouL says:

    The most important video.

  • Gio XRP says:

    Dr you mentioned taking 5 different take all 5 or are they optional???

  • Mohd Ismail says:

    I have very low stomach acid…ACV is helping me but I cant consume it as I have stomach ulcers and it is irritating my ulcers…plz help

  • perfectlypossessed says:

    I took HLC and had massive stomach pains. Any tips on how to take it? TIA

  • Nichole Braun says:

    I started taking HCL with pepsin and they are life changing! I forgot to bring them with me yesterday and ate a high protein meal and I got the worst acid reflux/stomach pain so they are definitely helping!

  • nikki kruger says:

    What causes low stomach acid?

  • Darrion Moore says:

    Thank you soo much dr axe!!!

  • jerseycowboy1 says:

    How do you know if you have low acid?.. If your hurting I thought the pain was caused by high amounts of acid?… Also if you got low stomach acid why does omeprozole make you feel better?

  • rel 06071 says:

    Eat more fatty cuts of meat stop eating refined carbs and suger

  • mark f says:

    half an hour lunch break…if you chew the food 30 times you wont have a job…but very good stomach acid

  • mark f says:

    ive done the 30 times chewing…takes 2.5 hours to eat 1 meal…and then 1 hour for a second meal which is as small as a snack…also your jaw hurts

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  • Demenyi Robert says:

    What about salt water?

  • Elvis Del Rio says:

    Is there any powdered HCL alternatives than pills?

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