By: Lynn Morales, ND
There are good stomach acids and there are bad ones. The question is which one will make your digestion operate smoothly without pain, gas, bloating, acid reflux and a host of other items.
All stomach acids are not the same. Some acid is actually causing food to putrefy. That would be rotten protein or meat. Some acid is actually rancid. This means the stomach has no means of digesting fats and they are literally rotting in your gut. Some acids are evidence that you are not breaking down or processing your carbohydrates. This is called fermentation. None of these sound very good yet at least one of these is most often the real culprit behind acid reflux, gas and bloating. If these symptoms are happening to you, that is exactly what is happening. that is gross isn’t it.
So why do our doctors so often tell us that we have too much stomach acid?
The reasons are the three forms of rotting mentioned above. It is actually a lack of good acid that is causing your body to create bad or unhealthy acid. Hydrochloric acid and pepsin are the good acids I am speaking of and they are very necessary for our body to properly digest proteins, carbohydrates and fats. When we eat a lot of processed foods and don’t have the proper enzymes to break our food down our stomachs are unable to produce enough good acid to break down our food. So picture a steak in 98.6 degree heat. How long before it starts to rot or putrefy? Not very long. So imagine that steak sitting in your stomach and not being digested easily. It begins to putrefy and THAT acid is what is backing up in your system. Doesn’t that make a lot of sense?
So, there are a couple of options to combat this issue that are very simple. One is a tablespoon apple cider vinegar 15 minutes before meals. If that makes it worse, you could have an ulcer. For best results, contact me for more information on my 10 day digestive cleanse and see what a difference just 10 days can make.