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Indigestion: Could Be Too Little Stomach Acid

Indigestion: Could Be Too Little Stomach Acid

Saturday, December 11th 2004

Are you living on antacids?

The problem may be too little acid in the stomach rather than too much (especially for people over 50 years of age).

Back in 1967 Dr Hugh Tuckey presented a paper addressing the importance of Hydrochloric acid (HCl), following 30 years of research and the treatment of hundreds of patients. He stated:
"We have seen people by the hundreds come into the office who were living on a splendid, balanced diet, yet had bloating, gas, often foul breath, constipation and all the conditions that you would expect to find in a person not watching their diet at all.

Hydrochloric acid acidifies the stomach and protects the chewed food in the stomach so that it does not become putrefactive and create gas.

If we don't have enough HCl, the protein is not prepared for the next stage of digestion and the emptying time of the stomach is slowed. You may go to bed feeling fairly well, but may wake up later with a burning stomach or burning behind the breastbone. Many people get up and take an antacid, further alkalinising an already acid deficient stomach.(Most antacids also contain aluminium which has been implicated in various chronic diseases)."

Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2004 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for intestinal health and balance:

CandAid
Colostrum
DigestAid HCI + Pepsin
Inner Health Plus Dairy Free Capsules
Inner Health Plus
Inner Health Candex
Inner Health for Kids
Gastro
Immune Booster for Kids
Formula 825
Internal Cleansing Program
Kolorex Capsules
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
Primadophilus
Primadophilus Bifidus
Primadophilus Child
Primadophilus Reuteri Capsules

Related health information can be found here:

Allergies
Anaemia
Antibiotic Use
Bad Breath
Candida
Constipation
Cystitis
Dermatitis
Diarrhoea
Food Poisoning
Fungal Infections
Gas
Skin Problems
Tired and lacking energy?
Weak immune system?

Related articles can be found here:

Improved Colostrum Provides Extra Health Benefits
Soothe your stomach with Slippery Elm
The Power of "True Oregano Oil"
Winning the Battle with Candida & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.

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