You know that stomachs are naturally designed to secrete enough stomach acid to turn even large amounts of food into mush? But we are told that indigestion and heartburn are due to too much stomach acid. It makes sense that taking an acid blocker will knock down the burning feeling. All stomach acid suppressants were placed on the market for short term; meaning 2 weeks or less. I have known some people that have been on acid blockers for decades!
So before you pop the next Tums, please take to heart how crucial it is to stop the madness of improper indigestion.
If we shut off or neutralize our stomach’s natural acidity for more than brief intervals, there are bound to be consequences. A river will dry up if we stop all the rain. Maybe that will be an advantage if the river has been sitting past its flood stage, but what if we stop the rain permanently?
First, we don’t break foods down as well, and many nutrients- especially amino acids, certain minerals, and at least two B vitamins- aren’t as available as they are supposed to be.
Second, when that mushy, acidic substance empties out of our stomach into the upper part of the small intestine, it triggers the secretion of hormones that in turn stimulate the pancreas and gallbladder to make, or release their own digestive secretions, including enzymes, bicarbonate and bile. Without the trigger from the acidic, broken down food, these hormones are underproduced, and the subsequent stages in digestion don’t work as well. This means another group of nutrients is not as available to our cells.
Thirdly, let’s add in bacteria, viruses or a large parasite load to our system. Stomach acid should be so acidic to burn a hole in your living room carpet. Acid is one of our biggest defenses for the immune system. Stomach acid is the barrier to the intestinal tract. Further south in our GI tract, we host pounds of microscopic organisms (our beneficial bacteria or microflora), which help with digestion, secrete important vitamins and keep us healthy. If our stomach acid is low, then the bad bacteria can literally starve out the good guys and these unfriendly microorganisms may excrete substances that are toxic to our own body cells, which are absorbed and spread all around our body.
If the acid isn’t there, then other parts of digestion aren’t properly triggered. The body is a matrix of events happening that trigger other functions to work properly. Everything is intertwined so closely that we need the sequence of events to go accordingly. The cascade of maldigestion is arguably the biggest health crisis in our nation. Without the proper breakdown of nutrients, our bodies are literally starving for nutrients.
Over 90% of us under secrete stomach acid! The real culprit is the UNDERPRODUCTION of stomach acid. The lining of our stomachs have a thick layer of mucuos protecting it from stomach acid. Heartburn means that some of that small amount of acid is traveling north into the delicate esophagus. Think of placing a hamburger, some water and fries into a blender. Now, go let that blender with a sealed lid sit in the hot sun for a few hours. What is going to happen when you slowly release the lid? A little bit of pressure from the putrified, rotting food will push the lid open naturally. The same concept is happening in our stomachs. Without acid breaking down food, little bits of acid will be forced to travel into the delicate lining of our esophagus, burning the lining. Remember, that we need stomach acid as a signal to allow food to continue south and not sit and rot. Without food being broken down, it will just sit in our tummies. Fat will start going rancid. Proteins putrefy. Carbohydrates ferment. Bloated bellies anyone?
There are steps to ween off of acid blockers and must be especially followed if you have been on them for a long about of time. Please contact me directly for the free protocol: firstname.lastname@example.org. By replacing the missing stomach acid with supplements containing betaine hydrochloric acid, and digestive enzymes with pepsin at every meal, you can start to eliminate symptoms. Probiotics, amino acids, B vitamins and minerals (preferably from real sea salt), can start to heal the body from years of starving itself from nutrients.
Ironically, textbooks of gastroenterology refers to stomach acid as the barrier to intestinal health. So why isn’t this being pushed? The market for antacids and acid-blocking drugs amounts to more than $7 billion dollars annually. That’s billion with a “B.” The facts about digestive health are drowned in a sea of advertising and industry-sponsored research designed to line the pockets of Big Pharma.
Just remember the one take away question: if acid breaks down food, how is having a neutral stomach going to impact your health? We need nutrients for day-to-day vital functions.