Recently, I was inspired to get the word out there that heartburn and indigestion do not equal high stomach acid levels. That being said, I wrote an article that was recently published on-line (click here for article
) detailing why these symptoms usually correspond to low stomach acid production. In summary, we need stomach acid to digest protein and to turn on digestive enzymes lower down in the digestive system. The other important signal our body receives is to close the lower esophageal sphincter when food arrives in the stomach so that food and acid cannot travel back up the esophagus (causing heartburn). If acid levels are too low, the signal will not be present or will be weak and the opening to the stomach is left open resulting in heartburn.