Acid is Good for You – Fix Your Indigestion Naturally
The Green House
by Margaret Durst: Hair
– Nutritional Fixes
is big business in the United States. Americans spend more than
7 billion dollars per year on acid suppressing drugs and over 4
billion dollars per year on over-the-counter antacids.
assume that too much stomach acid is the cause of acid indigestion
and take acid suppressors. Surprisingly, the primary cause of indigestion
in over 90 percent of the people is not enough stomach acid
yes, I meant not enough stomach acid.
is good and necessary for health. Stomach acid is essential for
proper digestion and healthy immune response. Blocking stomach acid
for long periods can lead to other health problems. When stomach
acid is low, many essential nutrients cannot be absorbed. These
include amino acids, vitamins and essential minerals such as iron,
calcium and zinc.
of low stomach acid include gas, indigestion, iron deficiency, dilated
blood vessels in the cheeks and nose, chronic yeast and fungal infections,
chronic intestinal parasites, weak fingernails, acne, and nausea
after taking supplements. Diseases associated with low stomach acid
include eczema, gallbladder disease, hepatitis, osteoporosis, psoriasis,
rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma.
An easy way
to tell if you are part of the 90 percent with too little stomach
acid is to take 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice or raw apple
cider vinegar in a small amount of water at the beginning of a meal.
If this lessens or eliminates indigestion, then chances are your
stomach does not produce enough acid. A good natural remedy for
this kind of indigestion is HCl and pepsin or a product called Food
If you are
part of the 10 percent with enough stomach acid, but a bad stomach
lining, you will want something to help repair the lining so it
functions normally. I like products with deglycyrrhized licorice
to support the stomach lining and inhibit H.pylori a bacteria
that lives on damaged stomach linings. My favorite product that
helps repair the stomach lining is called Gastro Health.
Here is some
more information so you can troubleshoot your own stomach issue.
Stomach acid production tends to decline with age. The stomach lining
suffers damage from certain things that we ingest such as aspirin,
ibuprofen, coffee, chocolate, potassium chloride tablets and iron
are also a culprit in indigestion. Certain foods cause inflammation
in our digestive tract. An inflamed digestive tract cannot perform
normally. Almost everyone in the United States has a food allergy
to white flour and products made with white flour. Other common
food allergens that lead to indigestion include orange juice, coffee,
and milk. Try 2 weeks without these foods and see if your digestion
digestion is essential to good health. Over the years, I have seen
many conditions improve to go completely away once digestive issues
were resolved. Try some natural steps to improve your digestion
you might be surprised at how good you feel.
June 25, 2011
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2011 Margaret
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