There is an increasing number of people suffering from a wide range of digestive disorders including indigestion. Indigestion is described as the feeling of gassiness, fullness in the abdomen, reflux or bad breath.
Taking medication such as a proton pump inhibitor medication only further suppresses the production of hydrochloric acid (HCL).
Reflux is the result of a low level of stomach acidity – not an excess.
Hydrochloric acid is essential for life. Normally the volume of the stomach fluid is 20 to 100 ml and the pH is acidic (1.5 to 3.5). Once the pH of the stomach acid becomes less acidic ie alkaline where the pH is higher – the sphincter of the stomach begins to malfunction. This results in an occasional burning sensation in the upper stomach which over time worsens to reflux if not treated correctly.
What are the Causes of Oesophageal Reflux?
As we age, the production of our digestive enzymes declines. Nevertheless, indigestion can be attributed to many factors, not only a decreased production of digestive enzymes, but also the administration of antacids, antibiotics, poor dietary choices and stress.
Poor dietary choices may lead to indigestion
What are the Consequences of Low Stomach Hydrochloric Acid?
A low production of digestive enzymes or medicated suppression of the hydrochloric acid in the stomach results in protein malabsorption. Proteins are not only necessary for muscle growth, enzyme and hormones production but also the production of neurotransmitters.
Our gut has approximately 80% of our body’s serotonin (feeling good neutransmitter). If a patient has digestive symptoms, depression is often present as well. The correct amount of Hydrochloric Acid in the stomach is important for the absorption of Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid, and is our first line of defence against various destructive pathogens.
The alkaline diet, full of soluble fiber is a source of food (pre-biotic) for friendly bacteria.
Changes in the pH (acidity) of the gut can adversely affect gut microflora, including the overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori, leading to stomach ulcers. It is therefore important to avoid the use of antacids.
Symptoms of small intestine bacterial overgrowth are similar to low stomach acidity. One of the symptoms of gut bacterial overgrowth is a higher than normal production of hydrogen and/or methane in the breath known as ‘bad breath’.
What are the Signs of Low Stomach Acidity?
The most common signs of low stomach acidity are:
- Bloating, belching and burning
- Flatulence after meals and gassiness
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- A sense of fullness after eating
- Indigestion, diarrhoea and constipation
- Nausea after taking food supplements
- Mucus problems (ear, nose & throat)
- Weak, peeling and cracked finger nails
- Vitiligo (white patches on skin)
- Iron deficiency
- Skin problems
- Multiple food allergies
- Muscle loss
What can I do About Improving my Digestion?
As soon as an individual begins to experience these symptoms it is advisable to see a holistic practitioner, who can assist them with aiding digestion through supplementation with the appropriate digestive enzymes and other nutritional supplements.
A holistic practitioner will identify and address the underlying causes while relieving the symptoms of their chronic indigestion. Lifestyle and dietary changes are often necessary.
The treatment protocol and its duration can vary depending on the presented symptoms and its severity. If undiagnosed or untreated the presenting symptoms are more complex and treatment may take longer.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich source of enzymes and nutrients
Helicobacter Pylori bacteria causes stomach inflammation thus low stomach acid and malabsorption.
What Specialised Screening Test and Health Analytical Tool can tell about your digestion.
Impaired digestion results in poor assimilation and elimination, resulting in poisoning of the blood (toxaemia), leaky gut syndrome, leading to fatigue, premature aging or disease. Speciaised Screening Test and Health Analytical Tool andare a very effective graphic tools that instantly demonstrate the status of your heath including the health of your digestive system. Both technologies are available in our Clinic. It is not uncommon to see micro-organisms in patient’s blood such as live bacteria, parasites or Candida.
What Specialised Screening Test and Health Anatytical Tool can tell about your digestion.
Impaired digestion results in poor assimilation and elimination, resulting in poisoning of the blood (toxaemia), leaky gut syndrome, leading to fatigue, premature aging or disease. Specialised Screening Test and Health Analytical Tool are a very effective graphic tools that can demonstrate the status of your heath including the health of your digestive system. It is not uncommon to see micro-organisms in patient’s blood such as live bacteria, parasites or Candida.
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Danuta Hulajko is a holistic practitioner, international speaker and the founder & practitioner at the DH Natural Medicine Clinic and www.healingremedies.com.au in the Southern Highlands, NSW.
Danuta specialises in Allergies, Anti-Aging, Auto-Immune Conditions, Cardiovascular Conditions, Female Reproductive, Menopause, Mould Toxicity, Skin Conditions, Stress and Insomnia and Thyroid Dysfunction.
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