Hydrochloric Acid and Food Allergies

Food Allergies

When you eat, your stomach produces hydrochloric acid, which breaks down protein into amino acids.  Proteins must be fully broken down into amino acids as part of the digestive process.

If there is a low level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, the proteins will not fully be broken down into amino acids.  These undigested proteins can then get into the blood stream, which may cause an allergic reaction.  When someone complains of multiple food allergies, the cause may be insufficient production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach resulting in protein not being fully digested and getting into the blood stream.

It is common to have low levels of hydrochloric acid.


Food Poisoning

Hydrochloric acid sterilizes what you eat by killing the microorganisms on the food you eat.  The microorganisms that I am referring to are bacteria, candida, fungi, viruses and yeast.

Low hydrochloric acid levels allow the microorganisms to overgrow in your system.  This can cause acid reflux, bloating, constipation, gas, and poor digestion.


Diseases of the Colon

Some other conditions that are likely related to low hydrochloric acid are Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.



Low hydrochloric acid levels can allow yeast to overgrow, which can irritate of cause asthma.



Low hydrochloric acid levels can allow yeast to overgrow, which can affect the skin.  When yeast overgrows, it can cause outbreaks on the skin including acne, eczema and psoriasis.

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