Monday, September 22, 2014

Tummy Woes!

Have you ever experienced pain in your gut?  It could be a sharp, shooting pain or major tummy rumbling with a bit of nausea.  Maybe you get heartburn or acid reflux like I did and thought taking antacids and changing my diet would clear things up!  The DR's all want to put everyone on acid blockers!  Not for me!
Did you know acid blockers keep you from absorbing nutrients and can be a major contributor to osteoporosis!  Yup!  You can take all the calcium in the world, but you can only absorb so much before the kidneys are in overload.  Eventually you get kidney stones.  Ouch!
Acid blockers were meant to be used for short term only.  What the doctors aren't telling you is you need acid.  Hydrochloric Acid (HCL).  We start losing HCL as we age. We need to keep the HCL in our body.  It helps with assisting in digestion and for helping to absorb nutrients especially Protein, B12, Calcium, Iron and Minerals.  Healthy stomach acid is needed for a healthy digestive tract. With low stomach acid, even the best foods cannot be properly digested.  The inability to absorb nutrients properly can lead to serious health problems.  Health stomach acid helps kill disease causing microbes and parasites routinely found in food.  With low stomach acid, these invaders may not be destroyed by the stomachs acid bath therefore potentially causing many types of infections.  This is why low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) is associated with so many health problems.  Because of our diet here in the good old USA, we are seeing even younger and younger people have reflux and digestion problems.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid (Hypochlorhydria)

* Bloating, burning, and flatulence immediately after meals
* Chronic Candida Infections
* Chronic Intestinal Parasites or abnormal Flora
* Dilated Capillaries in the cheeks and nose (Rosacea)
* Indigestion, Constipation, and diarrhea
* Iron deficiency 
* Multiple Food Allergies
* Nausea after taking supplements
* Post Adolescent Acne
* Sense of "Fullness" after eating
* Undigested food in stools
* Weak, peeling, cracked fingernails

Low Stomach Acid

For many people, as they get older, The parietal cells in the stomach lining produce less and less hydrochloric acid.  This is especially true of those who eat :
1) Heavily cooked foods
2) Processed foods
3) Chemical foods, such as those containing artificial preservatives and additives
4) Difficult to digest meat and dairy
5) Soft drinks which contains high amounts of phosphorous
6) Fried foods and BBQ foods which cause high digestive distress (Chargrilling and frying create  HCA's - cancer causing agents)

Exhausted Stomach Acid

Adequate amounts of stomach acid are necessary to break down protein.  That's why overeating meat, especially well-cooked meat, is hard on the stomach. It uses up the stomach's acid and enzymes very quickly.  Eating meat day after day can exhaust  the stomach's ability to build up sufficient amounts of hydrochloric acid.

Acid Stomach

Low stomach acid can cause indigestion.  Believe it or not, to little stomach acid  is the most common cause of stomach acid.  HCL from Premier Research Labs is a safe all natural HCL that helps with digestion. 

If you need a private consult with Karen at KJ Wellness Solutions to discuss all your digestive and nutritional needs please call her at 949-400-5455.