Dietary Advice for Treating Hypochlorhydria

You can help treat hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) by adjusting your diet.

At IBS Clinics, we recommend the following dietary adjustments

  • Cider vinegar: Eating a salad with a cider vinegar dressing before a meal will help acidify the stomach and aid in digestion (although this is NOT recommended if you have active acid reflux).

  • Ascorbic acid (vitamin C): combined with your vitamin and mineral supplements at mealtime, they will react to produce mineral ascorbate and Hydrochloride, which are the optimal combination to digest and absorb these vitamins and minerals.

  • Maintain a diet with a low glycaemic index, low fat, and avoid food intolerances.

  • Increase your intake of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Increase probiotic consumption either through eating yogurt or taking a probiotic supplement. This will greatly balance bacteria and yeast levels in the stomach and intestines.

  • Consume ginger and/or ginger tea. Ginger is a natural digestive aid and reduces bloating.

  • Avoid drinking ice cold water before, during, or right after a meal because it slows HCl production.

  • Avoid alcohol, excess caffeine, refined carbs, processed foods, MSG, wheat protein, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, fish with high mercury levels, refined sugar, and artificial sweeteners.

  • Eat smaller meals more regularly.

  • Chew your food thoroughly.

  • Remain sitting up for at least 45 minutes after eating to reduce the occurrence of acid being churned up into the oesophagus and to allow gravity to play its part

  • Take multivitamins that include B3 and B12 in case you have a deficiency caused by the hypochlorhydria


Murray, M & Pizzorno, J 1998 Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. Little & Brown

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