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The Importance of Stomach Acid

The Importance of Stomach Acid

The Importance of Stomach AcidAccording to an article in USA Today, Americans spend almost a billion dollars annually on over-the counter acids and over 13 billion dollars on the prescription varieties. Despite these facts, according to many health care practitioners, deficiencies in stomach acid production is a more significant problem than hyper-secretion.

A little known but vital consideration is the importance of having enough stomach acid. The stomach is supposed to secrete acid to break down food into a soupy consistency called chyme. Acidification of food is required for absorption of key nutrients as well as to stimulate digestive juices from the pancreas and gall bladder.

Regular antacid use can impair both the normal digestive process and is associated with numerous health symptoms such as osteoporosis and hip fractures, malabsorption of critical nutrients like selenium, iron, and vitamins A, E, and the B-complex. And it may actually cause an increase in stomach acid production known as acid rebound.

About the author

Ben Fuchs I'm Ben Fuchs, a nutritional pharmacist from Boulder CO. I specialize in using nutritional supplements where other healthcare practitioners use toxic pharmaceutical drugs. I look at the human body as a healing & regenerating system, designed divinely to heal & renew itself on a moment to moment basis. "Take charge of your biochemistry through foods and supplements, rather than allow toxic prescription drugs to take charge of you."

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