Is "hypochlorhydria" (low stomach acid) a scientifically sound problem or some natural-health quackery?
I've had some mild-to-moderate GI issues for the past couple years that doctors have diagnosed as GERD and IBS - heartburn, bloating, gas, nausea, stomach pain, frequent #2 visits, feeling very full after meals etc. Generally they fall under the "minor annoyance" category and I'm already on an acid blocker for the heartburn so I figured I just gotta suck up the rest of the symptoms. (I've experimented with a ton of diets and nothing has helped me much, BTW, though I have not yet done the gluten-free thing. I have also been tested and do not have H. Pylori.)
However, I've been reading a lot of articles lately online about "hypochlorhydria" or low stomach acid (see: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/06/hypochlorhydria-3-common-signs-of-low-stomach-acid/
) which seems to encompass all of my health problems and is easily cured with stomach acid supplements. However, most of them seem to come from natural/alternative health websites which raise my bullshit alarm. I'd go ahead and try it, but taking an HCL supplement seems counter productive to all the acid blockers I've been taking and likely to upset my stomach further.
Does anyone have any experience with hypochlorhydria or taking HCL supplements? Is it natural health bullshit is or there some sound science behind this theory?