It’s surprisingly misunderstood, but our stomachs are supposed to contain acid. That hydrochloric acid, or HCL, helps sterilize and break down food particles before they move into the small intestine. You need enough acid, at a low enough pH (1.5 – 2), for your lovely lunch to do right by you.
Here’s how to find out if you are hypo-acidic:
1. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of cold water. Do this first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking anything except water.
2. Drink the baking soda solution.
3. Time how long it takes you to belch or burp. If you have not belched within 5 minutes, stop timing.
4. Write down your time: ______________ minutes/seconds
Belching or burping within 5 minutes is normal. The baking soda should react with the normal HCL in your stomach to release CO2 gas.
If you don’t have enough HCL in your stomach to react with the baking soda, you definitely don’t have enough HCL to process your food. Please reach out to us; there are simple solutions that can help you avoid big digestive problems now and in your future.
Please note that this test is only one piece of the digestive puzzle, and should not be used as the sole basis for decisions about diet or supplement choices.