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The Importance of Hydrochloric acid (HCL) in Stomach


Dr Berg talks about the importance of hydrochloric acid in our stomach. He explains what is hydrochloric acid and how to build hydrochloric acid inside our stomach. This is the most important fluid inside our body and without this acid in stomach our body will have a lot of problems.

The stomach acid needs to be very strong (acidic) preferably in the range 1-3. If the stomach is less acidic it will not release pepsin (which is an enzyme for chemical reactions and is responsible for breakdown of proteins). This leads to bloating, gas, indigestion, acid reflux, lack of protein breakdown and diminished mineral absorption.

The 3 major health benefits of hydrochloric acid are to help breakdown proteins, absorb minerals, kill microbes. Junk food, stress, antiacids, diarrhoea, vomiting can cause low stomach acid. Low stomach acids can trigger Gas, Indigestion, Bloating, Iron deficiency (anaemia), Soft tissue calcium build up, Low B12, Constipation, Red cheeks, SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), Leaky gut. Aging leads to low stomach acid and people tend to gradually loose stomach acid.

As we age, we lose our stomach acids, in fact, by age 70, we have only 25% of our stomach acids left. The importance of enough hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach is vital. As we age, we lose our stomach acids, in fact, by age 70, we have only 25% of our stomach acids left. This leads to bloating, gas, indigestion, acid reflux, lack of protein breakdown and diminished mineral absorption.

Low stomach acids can trigger: Gas Indigestion Bloating Iron deficiency (anemia) Soft tissue calcium build up Low B12 Constipation Red cheeks SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) Leaky gut The reason apple cider vinegar works is because of the acidifying effects and not for any other significant reason. But this is why ACV improves energy, weight loss, detox, sluggishness, sleep problems, etc.

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