Acid blockers are an estimated $8 billion annual revenue for the over the counter and pharmaceutical industries. HCL deficiency is so very common and people have come to accept that there symptoms are normal because so many of their friends also experience them.
In Why Stomach Acid is Good for You Dr Wright and Dr Lenard outline a clear picture of an analysis of why stomach acid is important for the human body to have optimal health. There are several cases listed that break down the scenario, the findings, and the solutions. All of the cases were not cases where the patient complained of heartburn, but where they had signs and symptoms of other problems. In all the cases the problem was the patient’s stomach acid was so low that it was causing other health problems because the patient was malnourished and not absorbing the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids needed in order to fight infection.
Millions of people are using non prescription and prescription antacids to inhibit the production of stomach acid because they have heartburn. This is a multi million dollar a year industry that doctors are supporting, because of the mass use of these antacids people are becoming malnourished, so there are more unexplained health problems. Such as the case in this book of the gray man whose stomach acid had become so dried up that his skin had actually become gray, along with exhibiting symptoms of fatigue.
This book gives step by step direction on how to treat heartburn and acid indigestion the natural way so that the stomach produces more hydrochloric acid and stops the signs of heartburn. It is important to give the GI tract back what it is missing, so if the HCL is low then replace it with HCL. Same theory for pepsin and other digestive enzymes. This will help with helping ease heartburn and restore any nutritional deficiencies. These directions will involve some lifestyle changes like avoiding the food and drugs that are LES weakeners, eating smaller meals, limiting food intake, and elevating the head of the bed.
Towards the end of the book there are six steps that a person can take to try and treat the heartburn, indigestion, bloating, or gas on their own. These six steps are as follows. Identify and eliminate the cause; use the most comman causes in the book’s table to help identify the cause. Next is to use bitters to stimulate the stomach; they are a safe and natural stomach stimulant that can restore normal stomach function. Next is to try swallowing lemon juice or apple cider vinegar is a small amount of water. The next step is to use digestive enzymes to relieve indigestion. The fifth step is to test the stomach acid’s level, this will require consulting a physician to test the HCL levels. Lastly, if none of the other steps work then it is best to consult a gastroenterologist to be checked for a peptic ulcer, GERD, or another serious condition.
Having a nutritional therapist practitioner work on improving your acid levels in your stomach can make a world of difference when it comes to food digestion which will then help with the symptoms of many other ailments.
In good health and happy digestion,
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