Low Stomach Acid Compromises Your Health
From NaturalNews (07/14) Improving Stomach Acid Production Enhances Digestion And Overall Health by Dr. David Jockers
Our digestive tract is one of the key interfaces between the external
environment and our blood stream. When the digestive tract is irritated and
damaged it produces rampant inflammation and stress throughout the entire body.
Supplementing to improve stomach acid production can dramatically improve
digestion and overall health.
Poor digestion is more the rule than the exception in our society. Our culture
doesn't prioritize the time and energy our digestive system to needs to
optimally process the food we consume. We often eat multiple meals a day
including very large meals with foods that do not digest well together. We eat
on the go, deal with stressful activities while eating or shortly after and
consume toxic irritants on a regular basis.
Good Digestion Begins In The Stomach:
Hydrochloric acid is necessary for creating an acidic environment in the stomach
to digest protein and ionize minerals. This also helps to stimulate bile
release from the gallbladder to effectively metabolize fat in the small
intestine. Without these key functions working optimally we become at risk for
anemia, thyroid problems, osteoporosis and auto-immunity.(1,2,3)
Low stomach acid in a very common problem especially in older individuals or
those who have suffered from various infections like H. Pylori, been on
antibiotics and other medications like non-steroidal
anti-inflammatories.(4,5,6). Low stomach acid sets the stage for damage to the
delicate lining of the digestive tract and the formation of leaky gut syndrome.
Symptoms Associated With Low Stomach Acid:
Bloating • Belching • Flatulence (gas) • Heartburn • Indigestion • Diarrhea • Constipation
Acne • Chronic fatigue • Adrenal fatigue • Auto-immunity • Dry skin/Dandruff • Rectal itching • Candida
Hair loss in women • Iron/B12 Deficiency • Multiple food allergies and/or sensitivities • Week, peeling & cracked Fingernails
Possible Causes Of Low Stomach Acid:
Poor diet • Mineral deficiencies • Excess sugar and carbs • Processed foods • B vitamin deficiency
Chronic infections • Advanced age • Anti-acid usage • Heartburn medications • NSAID (Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen) Usage
Birth control pills • Chronic stress • Other digestive problems • Anti-biotic usage
Importance Of Healthy Stomach Acid
When you have low stomach acid you are unable to effectively break down protein
in the stomach. This allows very large proteins to get into the small intestine
and creates major stress on the pancreas to produce enough enzymes to
metabolize the proteins. This ultimately wears out the pancreatic enzyme stores and creates stress and
irritation throughout the gut. It also leads to insufficient absorption and
utilization of key amino acids that make up the protein molecules. Large proteins and incomplete digestion can cause leaky gut syndrome and trigger
auto-immune activity in different regions of the body. Improper protein
digestion also leads to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, fuels Candida
and other parasites. It also creates an acidic blood stream and depletes
minerals throughout the body. Mineral depletion leads to the inability to form
stomach acid and the vicious cycle continues.
Supplementing With Betaine HCL
To improve stomach acid production and protein digestion it is best to
supplement with betaine HCL and the proteolytic enzyme pepsin. Pepsin is naturally produced in the stomach
when there is enough stomach acid. Individuals with low stomach acid will not
be able to produce the active form of this vital protein-digesting enzyme.
People with low stomach acid have irritated stomach and intestinal linings.
Herbal bitters and carminatives help to support the stomach acid production
process but also provide key nutrients to support the healing process of the
entire digestive system. Herbal bitters include orange peel, ginger root,
gentian root, peppermint leaf, goldenseal root, hops flower, cardamom seed,
fennel seed, Oregon grape root, blessed thistle herb, cayenne pepper, burdock
root and dandelion root.
Dr David Jockers is a Maximized Living doctor and owns and operates Exodus
Health Center in Kennesaw, Georgia where he specializes in functional
nutrition, functional medicine and corrective chiropractic care to get to the
underlying cause of major health problems. His website features great articles on natural health and incredible recipes. He
is the author of the best-selling book SuperCharge Your Brain - the complete
guide to radically improve your mood, memory and mindset. He has over 42,000
active followers on his social media and email newsletter and is a big
influencer in the Primal Health movement. Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance consultations and health
coaching to help you beat disease and reach your health goals. For more
information got to www.drjockers.com