It is quite common for people with Hashimoto’s to have low stomach acid. Low stomach acid inhibits digestion and can cause immense fatigue. This is a problem for anyone with thyroid dysfunction, as it blocks your body from absorbing the key nutrients which are so necessary for a healthy thyroid and subsequent energy production. Your stomach acid is what breaks down food in your gut and allows your body to reap all the benefits of key nutrients.
Indicators of low stomach acid include bloating, acid reflux, and gas after eating. This is especially common after consuming high protein meals, which require more stomach acid to digest. To test your stomach acid levels at home, you can take one capsule of HCL with water before a meal, and if you have a burning sensation in your stomach 30 minutes after you eat, you do not have low stomach acid. Otherwise, you likely need to take a supplemental form of stomach acid.
You can order these supplments through Dr. Maria’s e-store. Thorne’s Betaine HCL/Pepsin, EnzymixPro and Digestzyme. Each on has their unique scenario where they are most useful. Please consult with Dr. Maria on which would be best for your individual situation.