Why antacids may not help your acid reflux or heartburn

While most doctors prescribe antacids to lower stomach acid for heart burn and acid reflux, the real culprit may be that your stomach acid is already too low. This is called hypochlorhydria. Sufficient stomach acid, or hydrochloric acid (HCl), is necessary to: Protect the body from pathogens. When we consume food, bacteria and other microorganisms…