Understanding Digestion & the Important Role of Salt and HCL production in digestion:
Do you have low hydrochloric acid? Betaine hydrochloride is also known as hydrochloric acid (HCL) or stomach acid. It helps digest food by breaking up proteins and fats. The low pH of the stomach’s HCL also destroys ingested bacteria and other microorganisms. Adequate levels of HCL are necessary for the absorption of protein, calcium, vitamin B-12 and iron.
Healthy stomach acid is needed for a healthy digestive tract. If you have low stomach acid, even the best food and especially protein foods cannot be properly digested. If you are unable to absorb nutrients properly, this can lead to terrible health problems. Healthy stomach acid helps kill disease-causing microbes and parasites routinely found in your food that you eat. If you have low stomach acid, these infecting invaders may not be destroyed by your stomach’s acid bath. They can then cause many types of infections. Now you can see why low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) is associated with so many common health problems. If these infections are not cleared, over time they can cause many symptoms, paving the way for full-blown diseases.
What are the signs that my gut may be unhealthy?
Common Symptoms of Low Hydrochloric Acid:
Bloating or belching, especially after eating
Burning in the stomach, especially after eating
Fullness or heaviness in the stomach after eating.
Nausea after eating or taking supplements
Itching around the rectum
Diarrhea or constipation
Weak or cracked fingernails
Dilated blood vessels in the cheeks or nose (in non-alcoholics) Skin break-outs or acne
Systemic parasites (very common today)
Chronic intestinal parasites
Undigested food in the stool
Recurring colds and flus
Chronic candida infections
Dysbiosis (overgrowth of unhealthy intestinal bacteria) Deficiencies in many nutrients especially B-12; Calcium; Iron Gum & Tooth infections