Importance of Stomach Acids

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    Able900
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    Stomach acid is needed to:

    Protect the body from pathogens that would otherwise enter through the digestive system. Many pathogenic bacteria like E. coli thrive in an alkaline environment, which is the reason that E. coli lives in the alkaline environment of the upper intestines, it’s also why H. pylori secretes ammonia which neutralizes the stomach acid in order to protect itself. Reducing stomach acid makes it that much easier for pathogens to exist in the body.

    Stomach acids allow the absorption of need minerals because non-chelated minerals react with the acid to convert them into absorbable salts.

    They reduce acid reflux, which actually results from the lack of stomach acid.

    A lack of stomach acid leads to fermentation by yeast overgrowth in the stomach and fermentation of foods not being digested properly. The gas formation from this builds up in the stomach and is eventually released through the esophagus carrying with it traces of acid.

    Acids allow for the digestion of proteins because the digestive enzyme pepsin cannot work without sufficient levels of hydrochloric acid (stomach acid). If the proteins are not broken down properly they can enter the bloodstream forming allergens that lead to allergic reactions.

    The absorption of vitamins B6, B12 and folate are acid dependent for absorption. Since stomach acid levels decline with age, this is why so many of the elderly population have deficiencies of B vitamins.

    In addition, most of the nutrients that are needed to form stomach acid are acid dependant for absorption. Therefore the lack of stomach acid leads to further declines in stomach acid, leading to less absorption of stomach acid forming nutrients, which leads to less stomach acid formation. As you see, this can be a never-ending cycle.

    To remedy this, it’s recommended to avoid antacids, acid blockers, alkaline waters, coral and oyster shell calcium, as well as dolomite calcium.

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    Katy Gillett
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    So where did the alkaline theory stem from?

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    Able900
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    I imagine the theory originally stemmed from the fact that sugar, which is acidic, and any food that changes into a form of sugar is capable of feeding Candida.

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    Katy Gillett
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    Well that makes a lot of sense then. A bit like Chinese whispers. Perhaps a way to get people to eat more veg!

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    Steadam2011
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    It could if it would stay in your stomach long enough – but it won’t – you’d pass it in a bowel movement long before your stomach acid has enough time to wear it down.

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