(Health Secrets) Do you feel ill all the time, especially after eating? It’s possible you have one or more food allergies, but what’s causing them? Low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) is at almost epidemic proportions in this country yet few conventional physicians know anything about it.
What is Low Stomach Acid?
All of us need stomach acid to digest the food we eat. Millions of people are deficient in the amount of stomach acid necessary to digest and assimilate nutrients from food.
What Causes Low Stomach Acid?
It is widely believed by the natural medical community that low stomach acid is caused by chronic use of antibiotics and NSAID pain relievers as well as a diet high in processed foods and refined sugars.
Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid
Low stomach acid can cause a variety of different mystery symptoms so it can be difficult to pin down. Here are the common symptoms of low stomach acid:
- Chronic indigestion
- Excessive flatulence
- Chronic Candida
- Hair loss in women
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Chronic fatigue
- Rectal itching
- Autoimmune disease
- Undigested food in stools
- Food allergies
- Dry skin
Health Problems Associated with Low Stomach Acid
In addition to the above symptoms, there are long-term negative health effects associated with low stomach acid.
- Acid Reflux
If you’re an acid reflux sufferer and have been using acid reducers and proton pump inhibitors for years, you’ve been tackling the problem the wrong way. Acid reflux disease is not a symptom of too much stomach acid; it’s a symptom of too little stomach acid.
It may sound strange, but when you have low stomach acid, your body works hard to pump out enough of it to digest your food. This causes your proton pumps to work overtime. When you feel burning in your throat and get a bad taste in your mouth, you reach for an acid reducer, which causes even more acid to need to be produced in order to make up for an even larger deficit.
Acid reflux can become so severe your throat will literally close up to the point where you need surgery. Chronic acid erosion in your throat can also increase your risk of developing esophageal cancer.
Many of the mystery symptoms you experience everyday may be a result of malnutrition. No matter how much you eat or even how healthy your diet has become, you may still not be breaking down enough of the food to assimilate its nutrients. Chronic low stomach acid inevitably leads to multiple vitamin deficiencies, which can lead to even more unusual symptoms you and your doctor cannot get to the bottom of.
- Compromised Immune System
When your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs, your immune system isn’t getting enough support. If you seem to get every cold and flu that’s going around, low stomach acid could be to blame. Eventually, your compromised immune system could lead to the development of an autoimmune disorder. An autoimmune disorder occurs when the immune system begins attacking the body’s own healthy tissues.
- Chronic Gastric Upset
Do you suffer from chronic abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating? Chronic gastrointestinal upset is another symptom of low stomach acid. Inflammation of the intestines can also lead to the development of colitis or Crohn’s disease.
One of the hidden dangers of low stomach acid is osteoporosis. Magnesium, vitamin D, and calcium are essential in the prevention of this debilitating bone disease. If you don’t have enough stomach acid to digest your food, you will not assimilate enough nutrients to prevent osteoporosis.
Treat Low Stomach Acid Naturally
To treat low stomach acid naturally, you absolutely must cut out all processed foods from your diet. Get rid of refined flour, processed meals, and synthetic sugars. Add fermented foods such as organic yogurt, sauerkraut, and kefir to re-populate your gut with healthy, gut-healing bacteria. Also add a digestive enzyme to increase your natural digestive juices and better break down the food you eat.
When you heal your gut, you completely change your life. All of the stomach aches, headaches, mood swings, and weight-loss problems will begin to disappear. What are you waiting for? Change your diet now and live the life nature intended, disease and pain-free!
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