This is only a partial list of symptoms and conditions associated with antacid-induced nutrient loss. For example, in addition to the symptoms listed in the table, vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with headaches, migraines, balance problems, poor memory and concentration, and dementia.
The work of Pelton and Lavalle is echoed by Jonathan Wright M.D. and Lane Lenard M.D., whose book, Why Stomach Acid Is Good For You contains 200-plus pages of information about why we shouldn’t block stomach acid production for too long. The possible consequences of nutrient depletion arising from long-term antacid and acid blocker drug use are far-reaching and clear for everyone to see.
Why do these nutrient deficiencies develop?
The answer is very simple: we need stomach acid to digest food and release nutrients so they can be absorbed into the body. Without stomach acid, we can’t digest food properly!
Not only does this lead to nutrient depletion over time, but it also makes it much easier for microbes such as H. pylori, Candida and SIBO to overgrow and cause problems.
Stomach acid also triggers digestive enzyme release from the pancreas and bile release from the gallbladder, which also play crucial roles in digestion. When stomach acid is suppressed, bile and pancreatic enzyme levels can also drop, leading to yet more problems.
Low stomach acid and chronic digestive infections (bad bugs)
As you may know, your digestive system plays host to trillions of microbes, collectively known as your microbiome. Most of these microbes are harmless and are absolutely necessary for optimal health, not only of your digestive system but also of your entire body.
However, when your digestive environment changes due to low stomach acid and poor pancreas, liver and gallbladder function, it becomes favourable for bad bugs to overgrow.