May 13, 2021, Information
There’s one place in the body that requires a high acid environment – the stomach. Without the correct gastric pH we are susceptible to a variety of digestive disorders and intestinal infections. Research shows that after 20 years of age most people lose about 10 percent of their digestive acids and enzymes per decade(1). This means that as we get older we become less able to breakdown certain foods and our primary defences to ingested pathogens is reduced. Obvious signs of low stomach acid include indigestion, nausea and a feeling of fullness after eating. When insufficiently digested food sits in the stomach for too long it can cause fermentation and discomfort. Gas, bloating, and even heartburn can all stem from this one factor.
Stomach acid has a few important functions in the digestive process.
The liver is responsible for producing hydrochloric acid – the main digestive acid in gastric juice. For this to happen the liver needs approximately 2 cups of water per meal. This makes sense because our food literally needs to be drenched in about 3500ml of HCl to be properly digested. Dehydration is a major factor in reduced digestive function throughout the entire GI tract, and both the pancreas and liver need adequate amounts of water to perform their essential functions. This is why I recommend drinking 1 litre of filtered water per 30kg of body weight every day. The trick is to stop drinking fluids half an hour before meals and resume an hour after. Why? Because we don’t want to dilute our precious stomach acid with too much fluid.
Tips to boost your digestive power.
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