Do you ever feel you get heartburn or reflux after eating a heavy meal?
Is it sometimes hard to digest certain kinds of food?
Do you often complain of on and off diarrhoea or constipation?
Do you feel bloated or uncomfortable during the day after consuming a heavy meal?
Do you ever feel sleepy after a meal?
Do you wake up feeling groggy?
All these symptoms may be related to the PH imbalances in your body starting from your Gastro-intestinal Track or the GIT.
So what is pH? A figure expressing the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. In the case related to the gastric issues it is related to the acidity of the stomach. Normally the pH of a healthy stomach is supposed to be between 1.5 to 3.5 and anything out of this range could be the cause of many gastric issues we deal on a daily basis not being aware of the fact that is may be caused by the under or over production of acid in our stomach.
Too little acid (Hypochlorhydria) results in food not being digested adequately causing bloating and cramping, food sensitivities, dry skin, eczema, hair loss, heartburn and even may lead to recurrent intestinal infections(constipation and/or diarrhoea).
Too much acid (Hyperchlorhydria) can cause symptoms like bloating, stomach aches, stomach and duodenal ulcers, reflux, heartburn and nausea.
And no acid secretion (Achlorhydria) can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease, abdominal discomfort, early satiety, weight loss, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal bloating, anaemia.
So now that we have pointed out the symptoms caused by the given conditions, how can we know what is the pH of our stomach and what exact condition are we suffering from? There are multiple invasive and very expensive tests that the clinicians do for example The Gastric Acid Secretion Test, CBC and CMP, Additional Lab Testing etc.
The Heidelberg Stomach Acid Test is considered as the gold standard test for stomach Ph which is completely non-invasive in nature.
This test works by using a small capsule with a specific wireless electronic transmitter that records the pH of the stomach as you drink a solution with small amounts of baking soda. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate which has hydroxide (OH-) ions that reduce acidity. The ba