Creating a Balance of Healthy Acids in the Stomach

By: Amy Castelluzzo Clinical Iridologist

One of the most common iris signs seen in approximately eighty five percent of the population is an under-acid stomach. An under-acid stomach indicates a lack of hydrochloric acid (HCL) necessary for the breakdown of food as well as proper mineral absorption. Ironically, those who lack HCL often think they have too much acid because they experience the same symptoms as those with too much HCL, such as acid indigestion, heartburn and repeating. However, it is not uncommon for those with an under-acidic stomach to endure no symptoms.

Here is a list of some possible causes of an under-acid stomach:

  1. Low or lack of sodium in stomach
  2. Not chewing properly
  3. Overeating
  4. Acid diet
  5. Diet high in saturated fat and junk food
  6. Slow metabolism (sluggish colon)
  7. Lack of B12
  8. History of coffee, petroleum based prescriptions and/or over-the-counter items such as Advil or Tylenol which can weaken the stomach.
  9. Nerve impulses from the medulla are weak.
  10. Parathyroid is irregular (not able to absorb calcium properly most likely due to lack of sodium in diet)

Possible causes of an over-acid stomach:

  1. Stress and worry
  2. Over acid diet (diet high in carbonated beverages, refined sugar, white flour, white rice, milk, meat)
  3. H-pylori bacteria (a bacteria in the stomach which causes stomach cancer)

As the majority of the population is lacking in HCL it is essential that we understand how to re-activate these necessary acids in our stomach to prevent future ulcers and other digestive disturbances. First and foremost, the main mineral that is lacking in those with an under-acid stomach is sodium. However, it is wrong to assume that table salt is the answer. Table salt will actually cause more inflammation in the body and increase your risk of high blood pressure.

Here is a list of recommended foods which are high in natural sodium:

  1. Powdered Whey Protein (from cows or goats milk)….410 mg *****
  2. Matured Large Chard Leaves…..210 mg
  3. Dry Celery Seed….140 mg
  4. Red Beets….110 mg
  5. Kale Leaves….110 mg
  6. Celery Stalks….110 mg
  7. Small, Young Chard Leaves….84 mg
  8. Spinach Leaves….82 mg
  9. Dandelion Greens….76 mg
  10. Liquid Cow’s/Goat’s Milk….50 mg


Not only is it recommended to use foods high in natural sodium to supply the stomach with the necessary acids for digestion but also for the prevention of ulcers, arthritis, stroke, calcium deposits, cataracts, poor circulation and other problems related to calcification.  

In addition to supplementing your diet with plenty of natural sodium, fresh lemon juice can be added to purified water to ease stomach worries.  Lemon water should be taken in between meals for the best results.  Futhermore, refined sugars block the absorption of essential minerals like Calcium, Sodium and Magnesium.

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