Stomach Acid is Needed to Break Down Food
First off, your stomach has acid in it because it’s supposed to. Stomach acid plays a big part in breaking down the food we eat. Our stomachs have to secrete lots of hydrochloric acid (HCI) every time we eat to break this food down into a soupy mix which is passed on to the small intestine where the nutrients are absorbed into the body. Stomach acids have a major role is breakdown and absorbing protein which build lean muscle mass, hormones and enzymes and absorbing minerals which build strong healthy bones and metabolism. In my practice those with low stomach acids run low on energy, and experience low sex drive, low iron, joint and muscle pains, and sluggish thyroid. Once addressing the root cause of their many symptoms with diet and supplements, most symptoms disappear.
Without proper amounts of acid in the stomach food will not digest properly, and this is the starting phases of most illnesses as cells are starved of vital nutrients.
Defense Against Infection
Proper levels of HCI in the stomach are also your first line of defense against bacterial and viral infections. All day long we unavoidably ingest all kinds of bacteria and viruses through the mouth, nose and food we eat. These germs just cannot survive the trip into the stomach because of it’s the acidic environment. The healthy stomach essentially remains sterile.
Normally yeast, that live lower down in your digestive tract, can also move up into the stomach if it becomes more alkaline, and start to take host of your digestive system. Proper acid levels in the stomach prevent this over-growth from occurring.
As you can see the role that stomach acid plays in digestion is a very important one. To take medications that completely or almost completely shut down or neutralize stomach acid for long periods of time is asking for a whole host of health problems, and not dealing with the underlying issue to begin with.
So are symptoms which clearly indicate low acids and a self-test too.
- visible leafy greens in your stool
- constipation or diarrhea fluctuations
- Silver mercury filling in your teeth
- Red meat leaves you tired
Take 1 oz of applecider vinegar in water on a empty stomach or 1 HCI betaine supplement capsule.
Upon consumptions check out these symptoms in your stomach and not your esophagus as it will feel warm, to see if you have high, good or low acid
High Acid- extreme burning pain in your stomach (if so take down 1 cup of milk or almond milk asap)
Good Acid- warm or light burning sensation in your stomach
Low Acid- little of no symptoms after consumption
3 Top Foods to Keep Your Stomach Acids Strong
if you have low stomach acids here are 3 top foods to help you and consider supplementing with Pan-ox-5 or Betaine HCI from Douglas Labs available at your all clinics where i consult.
Coconut oil is good to consume until your stomach acid production goes back up, as they are high in protein, which stimulates the production of stomach acid. They also stimulate the liver to produce bile which is necessary in regulating stomach acid levels. Also this amazing fat help to increase energy and burn body fat.
Sauerkraut or Kimchee
These two pickled vegetable dishes contain a lot of helpful things to stimulate acid production in the stomach. These can cause healing reactions to "candida"--the term for the disease that causes someone to have low stomach acid in the first place. Eating unheated sides of these are important, especially since cooking these will make the molecules within them bind together more and make them harder to digest.
Ocean Sea Salt
It's a good idea to start eating ocean sea salt--some of the purest salt--with every meal. Salt is important to overall digestion, but it also stimulates the production of acid in the stomach. Again, this is another food you only want to consume until your stomach acid is back to the level it should be. If the problem persists, consult a doctor and consider taking betain hydrochloric acid supplements to supplement your digestion after eating.
(excellent antioxidant and digestive support)
· 7 cups water, filtered
· 2 bags of Indian chia
· 1 bag of rooibos tea
· ¼ inch ginger root, sliced thinly
· ½ tsp. stevia powder
· 1 cup coconut milk or almond milk
In a saucepan combine all ingredients together and simmer for 5 minutes
How To Lose Stomach Fat
Testicular Cancer Explained
Can Acupuncture Help IBS