Millions of people suffer from indigestion or acid reflux, and the first thing they may do is take an antacid for relief. However, long-term use of antacids can actually cause additional problems.
- Proteins aren’t broken down well and certain minerals aren’t being absorbed because you need stomach acid to do this. This can cause a serious gas problem.
- The above may then cause a protein deficiency. Your body may rob protein from joint surfaces and this may lead to arthritis.
- Lack of stomach acid impairs the digestion & absorption of calcium which can lead to osteoporosis and muscle cramps.
To make sure your health doesn’t suffer, eat the protein foods at the beginning of your meal. If you begin with a salad, you waste your stomach acid on the salad. Therefore, by the time you eat your protein, you may run out of acid to digest it and that’s when you need it most! Eat the vegetable or salad with your protein or afterwards.
If you need more help, consider taking HCL or hydrochloric acid with your meals to help you digest your protein. Take one or two tablets after you eat. Let your stomach do its best while eating, and then you can assist it by taking these when done eating.
Once your system is re-acidified, you may need further assistance to break down other foods you eat and be able to absorb the nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy and strong. Look for pepsin and betaine hydrochloride on the label.
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