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Curious
Sunday, February 22, 2009, 5:02am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I went to a talk by a health professional yesterday and she said that there was a simple test to see whether a person has low stomach acid: You need to eat beet-root and check the colour of your urine and bowel movement. If they are pink or red, you are likely to have low stomach acid.
I did the test and according to it, I have low stomach acid. Being an O I would not have expected it, but it makes sense, because I have some of the symptoms of low stomach acid.
Has anyone heard of this test before and whether it is reliable? If it is realiable, do you have any suggestions on what I could do to deal with the low stomach acid?
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No clue, but the other day I ate a bunch of freshly roasted beets and I was flushing pink for two days.





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I'm not sure about the test-however I also have low stomach acid and take HCL as prescribed by my naturopath, but I believe you can get it at most health food stores as well.....


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Can you explain the reasoning behind this?


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Quoted from Andrea AWsec
Can you explain the reasoning behind this?

I have no idea. It was a talk by a health professional and I was unable to ask any questions. Apparently they do this test for stomach acid at a Russian Health Centre or Medical Clinic.
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I heard that pink URINE after eating beets is a sign of low HCL, but I never heard that about stools. I wouldn't assume you have a problem with low acid if you only noticed pink or red stools.


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I also was wondering if I have low stomach acid because of the symptoms & noticed the color when I eat beets.  Smurfy bear, how many to you take ?  I had tried for a around 6 months, but stopped because I never noticed a difference.  Did it help you ?
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Quoted from smurfybear
I'm not sure about the test-however I also have low stomach acid and take HCL as prescribed by my naturopath, but I believe you can get it at most health food stores as well.....

Smurfybear, how did your naturopath test you for low stomach acid?
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I also was wondering if I have low stomach acid because of the symptoms & noticed the color when I eat beets.  Smurfy bear, how many to you take ?  I had tried for a around 6 months, but stopped because I never noticed a difference.  Did it help you ?


I take five per meal (3x a day) and two with snacks (2-3x a day).....Take a couple bites of food, take the pills then finish the meal....I used to only take around two each time I ate and also stopped taking them because I didn't see an impact....I also wasn't taking them correctly...I would take them right before or after a meal instead of taking a couple bites first......I had originally gone to a gastrointenologist (sp?) a long time ago because of all my tummy issues; with no med insurance, the whole experience costs me thousands of dollars in tests just to be prescribed a medication that cost $200 a month and has been since recalled.....After all this, a bit of depression set in and my boyfriend suggested that I go see a naturopath, which I had never done....after all, what did I have to lose?....I was in the exam room for no longer than 10 minutes when he said my stomach acid was low, and gave me the HCL which is a quite resonable $30 a month....



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Smurfybear, how did your naturopath test you for low stomach acid?


I have never been tested....I simply told my doc the symptoms I was having, and he said this was my problem.....I maybe should have inquired more at the time, but I was so desperate that I didn't care   and was willing to try toad's eye's boiled in chinese tea if need be.....since then, I have been nothing but completley impressed with sticking to my naturopath instead of traditional MD's and have full confidence in him....I also realize that there are times that a western doctor is in need......I still see a specialist for my knees as I get these new fandangled injections to help them hold out a bit longer....that being said, I still get accupunture for them as well  ......


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Hmmm.. seems beets have a problem in testing for acid.



http://www.jonbarron.org/blog_published/2007/03/test_your_stomach_acid.html


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Maybe another method

Now, if stomach acid is low you will get overgrowths of yeasts and bacteria in teh stomach b/c acid kills them and you can get burping.

There is an easy, cheap test to do for stomach acid.
Here's the baking soda test: Do this test when you have an empty
stomach. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in an 8-ounce glass of
water (that's baking soda--sodium bicarbonate, not baking powder).
Drink it, noting the time on your watch or a clock. Measure how
much time passes before you burp. If you haven't burped in five
minutes, you can stop timing. A person with a normal level of
stomach acid will burp within two minutes. Some normals burp within
one minute. If you haven't burped after five minutes have passed,
you are seriously low in stomach acid.




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Thanks Alec.  I will try that test.  I have tried HCl b4 for several months but did not see significant improvement & still had the original symptoms.  My Naturopath tried a trial & I just gave up because I still experienced symptoms & may have developed more stomach pain.  I did test high for bacteria, bad & good.  If I turn out to have low acid, which I felt was funny the first time I tried HCl because I am an O, I will try a trial because I still have HCl left over.

Stephanie....thanks for the reply.  I will try again if I need to.
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I think it's for everybody normal to get red urines after having eaten such veggies....a real possibility to measure your stomach acidity is just to swallow a sort of little plastic tube and get some out of your stomach, so we did mostly in clinical practise....and then get tested.... .... often we can see it in the face of persons with low stomac acidity...they do flush easily and have similar signs as rosacea...but it isn't rosacea at all....sometimes its' also called :
magnesium-rougeur..... coz of the lack...
btw...easier to measure with the Vegatester...no tube needed   


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Thanks Alek, I'll try this test.
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Quoted from Amazone I.
I think it's for everybody normal to get red urines after having eaten such veggies....
No, it's not normal. I've NEVER had red urine after eating beets. I get bright yellow urine from taking a B-complex, or a multivitamin high in B vitamins. I get red bowel movements if I eat too many beets. But I don't get red or pink urine, no matter how many beets I eat.



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so you will have red feces instead .....


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No, it's not normal. I've NEVER had red urine after eating beets. I get bright yellow urine from taking a B-complex, or a multivitamin high in B vitamins. I get red bowel movements if I eat too many beets. But I don't get red or pink urine, no matter how many beets I eat.

It could mean that you have good stomach acid.


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I was just looking thru all the threads and found this info in one of them:

A lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid (HCI) contributes to splitting nails.

NAILS THAT CHIP, PEEL, CRACK ,OR BREAK EASILY show a general nutritional deficiency and insufficient hydrochloric acid and protein. Minerals are also needed.

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http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-encloplib/m-1234238781/s-25/

Funny, my ND told me to supp w/ Betaine....I did for a while, but maybe like smurfybear, I needed more. I just started back on them a couple of days ago after reading a bunch of info in one of my books. Even tho I'm an O and should have plenty of stomach acid, I seem to be one who might not.  



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I have green color urine these days, since I added B12 supplement 1.5mg a day.. is it normal?


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I take 1 g methyl-B12 sublingual daily and no green pee here!
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I think green pee means you have alien blood.  Might want to go interview your parents and grandparents.

If I eat lots of beets (and I mean lots) in one sitting (or if I juice them in any amount), I'll have pink BMs the next day, but never pink urine.


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