Acid reflux is a condition that can cause a burning sensation after meal. If you experience this issue, chances are, something are went wrong in your body. In this article, we will show you how you can maintain acid level in the stomach but first, you need to understand the importance of stomach acid reflux.
Acids contribute in the process of digestion, which is the process of converting food into molecules that will either absorbed by the body or being eliminated. They are also used in the creation of energy and new cells.
Thought it’s true that teeth and other part of body also help in the process, acids play major role in the process of digestion. Theses acid are mostly made of hydrochloric acid and pepsin by the parietal cells in the stomach.
Hydrochloric acid is the primary acid which play the major role in absorbing minerals like sodium, iron, and magnesium. While pepsin is the type of enzyme that decompose proteins and is activated by the hydrochloric acid.
In many cases, the issue of acid reflux linked to a high levels of stomach acid and sometimes solved by the use of antacid to neutralize the stomach acid. However, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has showed a strong connection between proton-pump that inhibiting antacid with dementia.
What you need to know is that acid reflux is a deficiency of stomach acid or hypochlorhydria, while antacids treat hyperacidity. So in case of acid reflux, foods stay in the stomach and ferments and learning to gas which then causes heartburn and affects the esophagus.
Here are several factor that can cause low stomach acids:
- Eating too much and too quickly
- Consuming too much protein (especially red meat), refined food, fatty foods, and dairy products
- Consumption of alcohol and carbonated beverages
- Smoking, because it affects digestion and slow down the healing of the stomach’s lining.
- Long-term of stress.
Taking antacid while you’re on low level of stomach acid can weaken digestive and immune system. If the food has yet to be broken down properly, the body will lack of important nutrients and affect the immune system can may cause various disease.
With all that being said, stomach acid is the of strongest defense weapons to protect your body from dangerous viruses and bacteria. For example, the acid destroys H.Pylori. Hypochlorhydria can cause various symptoms, like heartburn, bloating, acid reflux, constipation.
You can easily test the level of your stomach acid at home using the following way:
Utilize Betaine HCL
Betaine HCL is a natural chemical substance that can be found in beets which can improve stomach acids. Research has shown how the level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach getting lower after the age of 21.In the case of hypochlorhydria, the use of betaine HCL is recommended by both medical doctors and naturalist. This substance can also treats thyroid issues, candida, acne, and gallstones.
How to Do the Test
There’s a simple test that can effectively show if the levels of stomach acid are reduced.
However, it is important for you to consult to your doctor before you conduct the test. Also remember not to take betaine HCL If you are using anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and aspirin. You should also avoid doing the test if you have a history of ulcers or gastritis.
The first thing you need to do is to purchase betaine hydrochloride from the store. It usually cost around $0.06 to $0.09. After that, consume one capsule at the first meal. You should stop the test if you feel any discomfort, pain, or warm sensation in the stomach after taking the pills because it means you have a healthy stomach acid levels.
But of you do not experience those signs, then you can keep going and increase the dose by one capsule at the nest meal. Remember that you need to be aware of any of the above sensation. You can continue to take at most 7 capsules in a meal.
The ability of consuming more than one capsule after a meal shows that you have hypochlorydria. The more capsule you are able to take, the more severe the condition is. In case you experience the symptoms after increasing the dose, then you should reduce the dose.
The combination of whole foods consumption and betaine HCL will help in treating the digestive issue and improve your stomach acids health. Remember that you need to limit the use of pharmecautical drugs and the intake of processed and GMO foods.
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