You know the saying, “You are what you eat”. Well, that’s not exactly true. It’s more accurate to say, “You are what you digest”.
Digestion is a complex process that is essential to good health. It begins in the mouth with chewing, healthy teeth, and release of enzymes and ends up with elimination out the back end. There are numerous places where something can go wrong. When something does go wrong, we often fail to absorb the nutrients we need. Everything from minerals, vitamins, fats, protein, and carbohydrates are vital to keeping our bodies working properly.
One of the biggest problems that can occur, especially with age, is the lack of stomach acid. Without it, all sorts of complications result:
- Hydrochloric acid helps us break down the protein that we eat into amino acids. When this doesn’t happen, food allergies can develop. Undigested proteins that are larger than usual find their way into our blood stream. Our immune system reacts since it’s not used to seeing these large molecules. This results in food allergies, which can cause all sorts of digestive and systemic symptoms such as headaches, sinus congestion, rashes, and joint pain.
- Hydrochloric acid also creates the right environment in our digestive tract to prevent the wrong bugs from thriving. If the wrong bugs thrive, this can cause all kinds of troublesome digestive symptoms.
- Another very important function of hydrochloric acid is to help us absorb minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Low stomach acid can be part of the reason why older women get osteoporosis (along with lack of estrogen) and can also be a cause for muscle cramps.
- And yet, hydrochloric acid is just one part of a complex process. The liver, gallbladder, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine all have important tasks that can become compromised. When they do, there’s bound to be consequences.
Remember, our foods and proper digestion of them is where the body gets everything it needs to function.
You might be experiencing some digestive or other symptoms that you decide to just live with. Your body works hard to compensate for a weakness in one area, but eventually the nutritional deficiencies or improper environment that is created can worsen over time. You may begin to experience more symptoms that aren’t as tolerable.
Why not seek out help now, before your less than optimal digestion takes its toll?
The sooner we can address less than optimal digestion, the better. The rest of your body is depending on your digestion to get what it needs.
Optimal health depends on optimal digestion!