Article from Stop the Thyroid Madness Now regarding hypothyroidism and deficiencies:

What does stomach acid do for me?

Two key benefits: absorption and protection. When food hits your stomach, it’s your stomach’s gastric acid that begins the breakdown of protein and most minerals with pepsin to prepare for the important absorption of key nutrients (like iron B12, Vit. D and MORE) in those foods for your health and well-being. It also helps knock out bad or dangerous bacteria.

Low stomach acid also leads to non-optimal levels of neurotransmitters/amino acids (chemicals which transmit signals from one cell to another and play a huge role in your health and well-being).

How hypothyroidism negatively affects your stomach acid levels

Just as hypothyroidism can result in the drying out of your skin and hair, it also seems to lower the levels of stomach acid in many thyroid patients, possibly by lowering your amount of parietel cells. The result? The absorption of important nutrients is reduced, and you can find yourself with non-optimal or low levels of iron, B12, Vitamin D and more. And you won’t have the protection you once had against bad forms of bacteria, causing their over-growth (dysbiosis). Symptoms can include delayed excessive gas as that bacteria enters your intestine. (Long term antibiotic use can also cause the same overgrowth.)

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  • Does it say how to correct the problem?x

  • Here is the link to the article sezzy: stopthethyroidmadness.com/s...

    Some people take betaine or hydrochloric acid I think.

  • And I have been on omeperazole for 11 years due to overproduction of stomach acid. A lovely side effect from having gall bladder removed.

    Basically I'm screwed :(

    Ann xx

  • Have you tried getting off, Chem? These drugs were never supposed to be used permanently. My friend has been reducing hers and is almost off them completely.

  • There supposedly is a similar feeling with OVER and UNDER production of stomach acid. I'm not sure what a reliable test consists of but did you have that?

  • I just couldn't get along with any PPI- off them now and a good thing too.

    Main upset was outbreak of systemic thrush as acid keeps it in check normally.

    The solution for me was the adoption of Kefir culture into diet a few times a week.

    This is highly friendly lactobacillus cultures and good taken with Whey protein [that's full of L.Tyrosine- precursor to T3, say no more].

    Takes while to settle in but you may find it helpful.

    Loads of stuff online on Kefir, if you look.

    You do need a starter culture[ from a natural health friend?] and make it for the fridge store, in a jar.

    It's easy to make/ handle -with normal cookery skills.

  • Good tip, tegz. Kefir is very popular in the states and I take probiotics quite often.

  • Yes, a PRE-biotic and also alive! [unlike pasteurused yogurts]

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