The Whole You
by Wendy Humphris, ROHP
Are you suffering from acid reflux and indigestion? Is there a time when you feel that there is a brick inside your stomach after you eat? If so, you must take necessary actions to start restoring your digestion.
Many people know that there are lots of factors affecting digestion which include: poor brain function, adrenal health, hormones, aging, poor diet and many more.
Sometimes people often blame the food they usually eat, in fact, it is not about the food. The one responsible is a hyper immune system which is reacting to the food proteins that are digested. Luckily, with the help of digestive enzymes and specifically HCL, your digestion will be better.
THE ROLE OF HYDROCHLORIC ACIDHydrochloric Acid which is also called HCL is a corrosive liquid. When we eat our meal, HCL is one of the chemicals we release. The role of HCL in our stomach is to break down foods which cause the release of enzymes which further support digestion. HCL also protects our body from illnesses through killing all the pathogens which are found in foods that we eat.
HCL also can digest and dissolve foods that individuals eat because of its highly acidic properties. The corrosiveness of this acid enables the body to fight infections and supports the immune system. The disease-causing particles called pathogens are also eliminated by HCL.
BENEFICIAL TO DIGESTION AND STOMACHDigestive problems are one of the most common health conditions that usually happen to most of us. There are a variety of digestive problems that these people might be experiencing right now.
Hydrochloric acid activates pepsin, a substance that normally digests all the proteins that we eat. Protein is needed by the body especially every cell of our bodies like hormones, enzymes, elastin, collagen, our skin, nails, and muscles.
Hydrochloric acid also acts as an antiseptic in the stomach making better digestion. This also assists in the fermentation of the food which occurs in the moist environment of the stomach. This function of the hydrochloric acid is one of its very vital roles that helps prevent food-poisoning and infections like bacterial, parasitic, viral and protozoal. These infections often happen because of some digestive distress.
Hydrochloric acid allows the body to better absorb minerals like magnesium and calcium. Minerals are important to the body since these help in running the various biochemical reactions that take place inside the body. They also contribute to the structural formation of our bones. The need for hydrochloric acid is very important especially for those who are suffering from constipation, diarrhea and even heartburn. If you are also one of those patients who lose their taste for some foods like meat, you need hydrochloric acid.
The best thing to do is to increase the production of hydrochloric acid. Making hydrochloric acid inside the body needs more energy. Hydrochloric acid is formed through the interaction of water carbon dioxide inside the body. If you are taking hydrochloric acid supplementation right now and you feel burning or irritation inside your stomach, just drink a glass of baking soda and water because this neutralizes the acid. Your stomach needs hydrochloric acid for better food digestion.
Wendy Humphris, ROHP
I’m a holistic nutritionist and I transform health for a living.