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Low Stomach Acid and Miscarriage

by Ivy Eff

A lot of people have heard that there is a connection between low stomach acid and miscarriage.

On the surface, that may not make a lot of sense since the stomach and the uterus don’t directly interact. However, a closer look reveals three possible connections.

1. Low stomach acid could mean low thyroid. Low stomach acid is a symptom of underactive thyroid — also known as hypothyroid. And it’s been well established that proper thyroid levels are very important in getting and staying pregnant simply because the hormones produced by the thyroid gland interact with reproductive hormones in various ways.

You can have low thyroid levels despite a “normal thyroid” diagnosis. The tests doctors use to establish whether you have low thyroid are based on a certain cutoff number. If you’re below that level, then you are diagnosed as hypothyroid. However, even if you’re only barely above the cutoff, you’ll be diagnosed as having normal thyroid. It doesn’t make a lot of sense since you still have low thyroid and hence, you could still have plenty of hypothyroid symptoms.

2. Low stomach acid also means lack of nutrition. There’s another way that low stomach acid could possibly lead to miscarriage. Since stomach acid helps you absorb the nutrients in your food, a lack of stomach acid could lead to a lack of nutrients — even if you’re eating well. With reduced absorption, you could find yourself with low levels of iron, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and other key nutrients for pregnancy.

Acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion are signs of LOW stomach acid. It seems like the opposite would be true, but it’s not. All of these conditions are basically the same thing — they result when undigested food sits in the stomach too long. It hasn’t been efficiently broken down, so it can’t be moved into the intestines. So it sits there and causes a burning sensation in the esophagus. Ironically, most people are treated for this with drugs that reduce the stomach acid even further. Or we go out and buy antacids ourselves. Really what we need is MORE acid to break down the food and get it moving through our system. Many people highly recommend using one tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water for this.* It has long been known to bring rapid relief.

Lactose and gluten intolerance are also signs of low stomach acid. If you are already aware that you suffer from one or both of these conditions, it might be a sign that you are low in stomach acid. Simply by increasing the acid in your stomach, you may find that you digest these foods a lot better. Again, a one tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar on a daily basis can make a significant difference.*

3. Low stomach acid could mean high candida. Anecdotally, it’s been said there is a connection between candida and infertility. Candida is essentially an overgrowth of yeast all throughout the body. This parasitic fungus leaches nutrients and causes tissue damage. Whether there is any connection between candida and miscarriage is unknown. But killing off candida overgrowth (a popular product is Candida Clear) has been said to help some people boost their fertility.

* Do NOT drink Apple Cider Vinegar undiluted in water or juice. By itself, it can burn your throat. Also, if you have high potassium, you may want to purchase betains, an over the counter hydrocholic acid instead. Do not do either if you have peptic ulcers. Work on healing those first instead.

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