Did you know that one of the underlying causes of most digestive disorders is low stomach acid?
Can’t break the acid reflux or heartburn cycle?
Did you know that you are not supposed to take antacid for more than 8 weeks?
Many people are probably not aware that their stomach is not making enough stomach acid, especially if they are popping antacid like candy. Stomach acid known as hydrochloric acid (HCl) is necessary for many bodily functions especially for aid in food digestion.
Many people take antacid to alleviate heartburn or ingestion, but what is not known is that, in most cases, lowering the acid in the stomach causes more problems in the long run. What you wonder? The biggest problem is your body won’t be able to make enough stomach acid to do a proper job in keeping your gastrointestinal tracts healthy and support your immune system.
What does HCl do?
• Breaks down food for digestion, including proteins
• Kills toxic bacteria in foods
• Kills pathogens that are ingested
• Balances the pH levels (acid/alkaline level) in the stomach
• Supports immune health in the small intestines
More acidity details:
Protein eater – HCl activates an enzyme called pepsin so that it can digest proteins. Protein is critical for the maintenance and building blocks of every cell in including collagen, hormones, neurotransmitters, enzymes, antibodies, hair, skin nails and muscles.
Love Sushi? – HCl also assists killing microorganisms that exist in the Acidaburn food we eat, especially if you like to eat raw food like sushi. It also prevents food from sitting and fermenting in the stomach.
Pathogen Killer – HCl is important to prevent food poisoning, yeast, bacterial, viral, bacteria, parasitic, and protozoan infections from parasitic diseases, i.e., such in cases of malaria, African sleeping sickness, etc.
Team player – HCl aids with proper mineral absorption such as iron, magnesium, and zinc-all minerals that, along with calcium, contribute to making bone in your body. Chemical and electrical processes are occurring every moment. These processes can function correctly ONLY if the balanced minerals are ingested properly.
Don’t take your HCl for granted!
What does HCl, or hydrochloric acid, do for you? Everyone needs proper levels of stomach acid in order to break down foods and absorb nutrients, including minerals, vitamins, and folic acid. If you don’t have enough stomach acid, you can’t fight off infections or invasive bacteria. HCl is crucial in preventing bacteria from migrating from the small intestines and colonizing in the stomach. Think about the last time when you were sick – did it take a long time to get over it?
People diagnosed with inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Celiac Disease, GERD, or IBS, have stomach acid problems. If you have made changes in your diet and lifestyles and you are not seeing results, check with your health provider.
If you experience acid reflux, heartburn, burping, gas, or nausea after eating, it is likely that you have low stomach acid.
Why Does this happen?
There is a constant pressure in the abdomen known as intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). A normal stomach has an IAP between 0 to 55 mm Hg. When there is insufficient stomach acid, IAP increases and pushes against the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Since the lining of esophagus lacks the protective coating that the stomach has, any stomach acid that is pushed up into the LES touches the lining of the esophagus and produces a painful burning sensation.