5 Reasons You Need to Love Your Hydrochloric Acid (Stomach Acid)

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5 Reasons You Need to Love Your Hydrochloric Acid (Stomach Acid)

This weeks video blog – the subject no one ever asks about and yet is SOOO important!

Stomach Acid.  Hydrochloric Acid.  Hypochlorhydria if you don’t have enough.

If you’ve been around long at all, you’ve likely heard me say that GI health is FUNDAMENTAL to overall health.  Say it again to your self.

So, today, I have 5 reasons we NEED HCl.  Hydrochloric acid.
#1.  It lowers the pH and makes our stomach more acidic.  That keeps “bugs” like H Pylori, E Coli, and Yeast from colonizing – and this is a good thing.  Many bacteria are “opportunistic” and if given 1/2 a chance, they’ll monopolize, crowding out healthy microflora.

#2.  Stomach acid helps us digest our food.  We need the acid to turn our king salmon into essential fatty acids, amino acids, and monosaccharides.  And from that delicious healthy meal, we need to be able to digest & absorb nutrients – B vitamins and minerals like zinc, copper, magnesium, calcium and iron.  Without them, we are at risk for a host of health conditions.

#3.  Stomach acid “signals” the pancreas to release his digestive juices, further aiding in the digestive process.

#4.  When we eat protein, our body breaks it down into amino acids and then we make neurotransmitters from those amino acids.  I know you think neurotransmitters are made in the brain.  I’m here to set the record straight – the brain USES them but they are MADE in the GI tract.

#5.  If we don’t break down our pork chop or salmon into amino acids, the food (not the amino acids) can cross into the blood stream and then the immune system does what it thinks is best – attack!!!    As it should but what we’ve done is unintentionally engaged the immune system.  Plenty of research links low HCL and auto immune diseases in fact.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS you might need digestive support:
1.  Food allergies or sensitivities
2.  Hard compact little pieces of stool…and probably not easy to pass
3.  Slow motility
4.  Vertical ridges running from the nail bed out
5.  Heart burn, gas, bloating
6.  An auto immune disease

I use a variety of products for digestive support and I decide what to use based on signs & symptoms and stool test results.  It also matters if you still have a functioning gall bladder or not.

Love & Health,
Tracy

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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyTracy Konoske is an eclectic clinician and uses a blend of natural, integrative, functional, and personalized medicine to help her patients feel their best.  Tracy understands that there are 4 drivers of chronic disease:  Toxins, Infections, Stress, and Diet.  And it's often a combination of all 4 that lead to a chronic health condition, and thus it takes a treatment plan addressing each of the 4 to resolve and reclaim good health.  Tracy has recovered from 2 "perfect storm" situations which had drastic effects on her health and led to multiple mystery illnesses and diagnosis including Lyme.

By reducing the burden of these triggers, Tracy is successfully resolving:

  • Fatigue (anemia's, adrenals, thyroid-related, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME-CFS)
  • Auto Immune Conditions (Hashimoto's, Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac)
  • Mental Health Conditions (anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD)
  • Cognitive Dysfunction (trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, symptoms of early Alzheimer's)
  • Digestive Disorders (low hydrochloric acid, "leaky gut", Candida Albicans, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO, IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Migraines and chronic headaches
If you've one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, or have been told you have Lyme or chronic Lyme,  there's a good chance you are in the right place.If you have a history of chronic sore throats, tonsillitis or tonsillectomy, mononucleosis, glandular fever, shingles, and/or cold sores, there's a good chance you are in the right place.

There are no coincidences.  All good things come from God.