Dear Patients and Friends, I was talking with someone the other day about their stomach problems including acid reflux. They told me that they have been on "antacids" for years, both prescription and over the counter. They complained that their stomach problems continued and their overall health was not good. I explained to them that the stomach and other health problems were a result of NOT ENOUGH stomach acid! As we age, stomach acid production begins to decline. With the glut of antacids prescribed by the boatload, this problem has been made exponentially worse!! Truth is that stomach acid is critical to every single aspect of health! Here are a few points needed to know about stomach acid:
Most indigestion and acid reflux is caused by too low stomach acid, not too much.
Without adequate stomach acid, or when taking antacids, you are permanently ill because you cannot absorb the nutrients your body needs to maintain good health.
Low salt diets can lead to low stomach acid as real salt ( Celtic Sea Salt) is needed to produce adequate quantities of stomach acid . This increases the risk of immune deficiency diseases.
Destruction of harmful bacteria in the body is dependent upon adequate stomach acid, which is needed to fight infections.
Low stomach acid and chronic use of antacids are the main cause of acid indigestion, malabsorption syndrome, intestinal damage, leaky gut syndrome, candidiasis, and dysbiosis(abnormal gut flora).
The acid indigestion pain thought to come from a "high-acid stomach" most of the time actually comes from a low-acid stomach that cannot fully digest foods. The undigested foods "rot" or ferment in the stomach creating fermentation acids that are the real culprits in heartburn, acid indigestion, acid reflux, etc.
Everyone who suffers from indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, chronic diarrhea, autoimmune disease, immune weakness, chronic infections, chronic weakness, memory problems, vision problems, and just about any other health problem should suspect low stomach acid and/or antacids as one of the causes.
With low stomach acid, your maladies and "diseases" may be deemed medically incurable. And whether you are under or overweight, the truth is that you are medically incurable because you are starving to death! Without adequate stomach acid your body does not absorb the nutrients you need from food, leading to nutrient starvation and chronic disease.
The good news is that low stomach acid is easy to correct. If you or someone you know has any of these above symptoms, call me at 262-784-4451 to set up an appointment to correct this issue. Feel free to forward this to anyone you think would benefit from this. Yours in health, Dr. Mike
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