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What could be the cause of my low stomach acid - ginger or magnesium glycinate?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 27, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Please share your ideas/be my doctor since I don't have a good one. Something is better than nothing.

I am currently on my second treatment for SIBO and I am taking antibiotics as well as prokinetics and magnesium glycinate (for constipation).

At first my store-bought prokinetic gave me a reaction and I had to take ginger juice as a natural prokinetic.

Now I am okay with prokinetic and no longer need ginger juice. However, I have noticed, that I have low stomach acid for some reason.

Could it be from ginger juice (which is a natural antiacid as far as I know) or from magnesium glycinate that is also an antiacid?

I have searched the web, but there is no answer to my question. I have already given up ginger juice and starting tomorrow will give up mag glycinate, but I would love to hear your ideas on what was the culprit - ginger or mag glycinate. Maybe you can share your experience.

Thank you very much.

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on January 27, 2013
at 07:10 PM

I was taking both for 10 days and now I have decided to quit both. I bet it is ginger.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 27, 2013
at 07:09 PM

Hi Lazza, my carb intake is minimal. It is barely 20 grams per day, could be less. I am still taking magnesium. It just happened so sudden - not sure what caused it, but now I recognize what it is at least. Thanks!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 27, 2013
at 05:27 PM

Thank you for answering. I am taking 600 mg per day. Is it too much?

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on January 27, 2013
at 05:21 PM

Magnesium glycinate shouldn't be too strong of an antacid. Not basic like Mag carbonate or Mag oxide are.

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on January 27, 2013
at 07:06 PM

VB, not sure I have the answers for you but let me give you a couple of thoughts:

1) I take 100 grams of magnesium glycinate 3 times per day, with my major meals. It does not cause low stomach acid, nor does it appreciably loosen my stools. The authors of PHD suggest taking 200 mg to 400 mg magnesium per day. I don't think 600 mg will hurt you can probably do fine with less, assuming you have a wholesome and varied diet.

2) I thought for constipation magnesium citrate is the preferred form of magnesium.

3) I was on very heavy antibiotics in order to get rid of H. pylori. During that time my acid reflux, caused by low stomach acid, went away (I was surviving by taking an HCL tablet with every meal). However a couple of months later it returned. Thinking I must be suffering from SIBO I reduced my carbohydrate intake down to maybe 50-60 grams/day. Within a week my acid reflux went away, ... I hope I can slowly increase my carbohydrate intake in the coming weeks. Separately I started on magnesium glycinate which, as I stated above, didn't have any influence whatsoever on my acid reflux (low stomach acid) situation.

_Lazza

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 27, 2013
at 07:09 PM

Hi Lazza, my carb intake is minimal. It is barely 20 grams per day, could be less. I am still taking magnesium. It just happened so sudden - not sure what caused it, but now I recognize what it is at least. Thanks!

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on January 27, 2013
at 06:55 PM

The only way to know is to remove one at a time for about a week or so and see if your problem clears up. Others pontificating on the internet won't help you, you need to experiment on yourself and see what works.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 27, 2013
at 07:10 PM

I was taking both for 10 days and now I have decided to quit both. I bet it is ginger.

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