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Effective Stomach Acid Testing Methods

November 12, 20232 min read

Ensuring optimal stomach acid levels is crucial for proper digestion and overall health. Here are three methods to test your stomach acid, along with guidance on supplementation.

Stomach Acid Test Method 1: Baking Soda Test

  1. In the morning on an empty stomach, mix 0.5 cups of cold water with 0.25 tsp of baking soda.

  2. Drink the mixture and note how long it takes to burp.

  3. Burping within 3 minutes indicates sufficient stomach acid, while burping after 3 minutes suggests low stomach acid.

  4. Repeat this method for at least 3 consecutive days to get an average.

Stomach Acid Test Method 2: Betaine HCL Capsules

  1. Start a meal containing at least 6 ounces of meat.

  2. In the middle of the meal, take 1 Betaine HCL capsule.

  3. Pay attention to your body's response.

  4. Stomach pain and a possible burning sensation indicate sufficient acid, while no noticeable changes suggest low acid.

Stomach Acid Test Method 3: Medical pH Monitoring

  1. This is the most accurate but expensive method (> $300) and is usually not covered by insurance.

  2. Fast for at least 8 hours and avoid acid-suppressing drugs for 4 days before the test.

  3. Swallow a capsule with a radio transmitter and drink sodium bicarbonate.

  4. The test tracks and records stomach pH levels over a specified time.


If you have low stomach acid, consider HCL with Pepsin capsules. Take them just before a protein-containing meal, as taking them without protein can cause discomfort. Dosage varies based on individual needs, so start with a lower dose and adjust as required, especially based on protein intake.


Maintaining adequate stomach acid levels is vital for digestion. Choose the testing method that suits your needs and work with a healthcare professional for personalized guidance on supplementation.

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Brandon Drake

Brandon, the VP of Business Development at LabSmarts, empowers practitioners with bio-individualized blood work interpretation software, enhancing accuracy and efficiency in analysis while preserving personalized healthcare philosophies for optimal patient care. Brandon also works as Business Development Consultant at a leading CRM company. His role involves fostering partnerships with individuals and organizations keen on optimizing their operational processes and elevating customer and prospect interactions. The overarching objective is to catalyze business growth. Brandon’s approach centers on in-depth comprehension of your unique business landscape, objectives, and pain points. This enables him to discern how his company’s CRM technology can effectively resolve your specific challenges. His foremost aim is to empower customers to harness the full potential of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, thereby streamlining operations, enhancing efficiency, and fostering growth, all while maintaining the human touch in the digital age. Brandon Drake

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