One of the signs your stomach acid needs medical attention, is that you experience several burps after eating that have a bad smell to them. Excessive gas that can last two hours or a bloated feeling after eating are also signs of trouble with stomach acid. That heavy feeling in your stomach means the acids are not digesting the foods properly, and you should have a physician run tests to confirm the level of your stomach acid. When you experience excessive bloating, farting, or burping soon after consuming a meal, there may be issues with your digestion that need attention immediately. The causes can be many, but the usual suspect is a presence of bacteria on the foods you ate, the resulting byproduct of which is excessive gas.
When stomach acid levels are not appropriate, this bacteria can thrive in the stomach as you burp for several hours after the meal. The reason for the trouble is that the food is still lying around in your stomach when it should be digesting in the small intestine. When the stomach acid level is off, the food does not get dumped into the intestines in a timely manner. Farting and bloating following a meal could be a result of bacteria growth present in either the intestine or the stomach. When the acid level in the stomach is too low it cannot kill off the bacteria growth, which thrives and spreads without issue. When the acid level of the stomach is off, the digestion process also slows down, contributing to both the increase of bacteria and the increase in gas.
Increased Acid Reflux After Eating
One of the more frustrating issues related to stomach acid is when you experience higher than normal episodes of acid reflux after eating. This can be a result of the stomach acid reaching unprotected areas of your esophagus, resulting in a serious burning pain after eating. The quick fix is that people grab an antacid to help reduce the pain, but the issue returns the next time a meal is consumed. The acid reflux, medically known as GERD, can have different degrees of pain, depending where the burning is taking place. Whether due to high or low stomach acid levels, the heartburn can lead to a variety of different conditions that increase the IAP, intra-abdominal pressure, pushing harder against the lower esophagus sphincter, or LES.