Stomach acid is a very important first step in digestion. With low stomach acid, it becomes difficult to absorb B12 as well as Zinc. Having low stomach acid also means that proteins will not be broken down properly which may in turn cause trouble in your small intestine and possibly even get absorbed whole into your bloodstream.
Why your stomach acid pH has to be just right!
The stomach is the place where protein digestion begins. Hydrochloric acid produced by the stomach walls activates pepsin, a protein-digesting enzyme, which starts breaking down the very complex structure of dietary proteins into peptides and amino acids. To do its work properly pepsin needs the pH of the stomach to be 3 or below. In Hypochlorhydria not enough acid is produced, so the pH in the stomach is not low enough for pepsin to do its job properly.”
A lack of stomach acid raises further and more serious implications. It is a barrier against harmful microbes from anything we put in our mouth. Without that protection, those pathogens can get through to the intestines and set up home. Once they are in there they can trigger symptoms in any part of the body.
Do you have low stomach acid? Do the easy PINK PEE test
Eat beetroots or drink beetroot juice and if your pee turns pink/red then you definitely have low stomach acid.
How to increase stomach acid production
1) Always eat when relaxed and at peace because eating when upset can stop the production of HCL.
2) Eat wholesome real foods
3) Try to eat three to four hours before bedtime. If you eat too late the body struggles to complete the digestive process during the time it is naturally trying to rest.
$) Don’t lie down immediately after eating. If you must lie down, prop yourself up with pillows so that head and upper torso are raised to aid the digestion.
6) Do not drink ice water with meals as it inhibits production of stomach acid.
7) Drink ginger tea to increase production of HCL.
8) Consume sea salt instead of normal salt as sea salt stimulates stomach acid production
9) Increase your Zinc intake by consuming foods such as beef, lamb, crabmeat, turkey, chicken, lobster, clams, salmon. Dairy products such as yogurt, kefir and cheese, yeast, peanuts, beans, wholegrain cereals, brown rice, whole wheat bread, and potatoes. Vitamin C, E, B6, and minerals such as magnesium can increase zinc absorption in the body.
10) Chew foods thoroughly to stimulate digestive enzymes in the mouth, and to break up foods into the smallest particles possible for better digestion.
11) Eliminate white flour, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners
12) Drink 4 ounces freshly juiced cabbage.
13) Eliminate processed foods, fast foods, genetically modified foods, additives, dyes, artificial flavoring as they have zero nutrition value.
14) Avoid eating proteins with carbohydrates/starches together as carbs hinder the production of HCL. Instead, eat protein with low starch veggies and carbohydrates with veggies.
15) To aid the body in digesting animal protein soak meats in acidic mediums such as lemon or lime juice, tomato juice, apple cider vinegar, etc. Marinating meats is a good way to pre-digest or pre-cook them.
16) Use spices in cooking to stimulate stomach acid production and appetite.
17) Avoid overeating and snacking in between meals in order to allow time for your body to digest foods properly.
18) Eat unpasteurized unheated salt-free sauerkraut.
19) Always eat good fats when you eat proteins. Protein stimulates stomach acid production, and protein and fats stimulate the gall bladder to dump bile into the small intestines. Good fats also are needed by the liver in order to produce bile.
20) Take juice of half a lemon, diluted with warm water (or totally undiluted) at the beginning of each meal.