Herbal Powerhouse Healing Tea

Herbal Powerhouse Healing Tea - Nettle & Raspberry Leaf

Nettles have been a staple in my herbal and nutrition-based kitchen for some time. Thanks to the size of my pantry stash, my husband keeps telling me we’re going to be raided for selling marijuana. :snort:

They’re a nutritional powerhouse and a […]

Curb Your Sugar Cravings Naturally with 2 Superfoods

Curb Your Sugar Cravings Naturally with 2 Superfoods

Getting bored with nutrient-dense healing foods? This tasty treat will give you the wiggly, giggly fun of jello while sneaking in the healing powers of kombucha and gelatin.

Gelatin

Powdered gelatin is collagen extracted for use as […]

Digestive Enzymes [Healing Digestion Part 5]

Digestive Enzymes [Healing Digestion Part 5]

For previous posts in this series, follow these links:

Healing Digestion: Part 1 – Restoring the Mucous Layer
Healing Digestion: Part 2 – Digestive Tonics
The Dangers of Acid Blockers: How to Heal Heartburn Naturally {Healing Digestion: Part 3}
3 Essential Facts about Probiotics [Healing Digestion: Part 4]


Enzymes are often the last piece of the puzzle for digestive issues. I became a convert when they stopped my daughter’s chronic tummyaches within 2 days of adding them to our protocol.

For her, it has been the biggest piece of the puzzle and that’s often the case for children.

Enzymes are catalysts within the body that create biochemical reactions.

In other words, they are essential for making everything in our body happen – including digestion.

A Recap of Digestion

When digestion is compromised, our bodies are often not triggered to produce the necessary enzymes to break down food into a usable form.

As we’ve discussed earlier in the series, digestion is a north to south process:

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How Much HCl Do I Take? Learn to Test for Your Correct Dose

How Much HCl Do I Take? Learn to Test for Your Correct Dose

Many of us are becoming aware that many of our symptoms of dis-ease begin with poor digestion. Here at 20 something allergies, we are working to reverse that process with our series on healing digestion.

The Need to Supplement

After building up the stomach’s protective mucous layer and introducing digestive tonics, many of us still have a need to temporarily supplement stomach acid.

HCl, or hydrochloric acid, is produced by our bodies to break down food and kill ingested pathogens.

A diet heavy in processed foods and low in live enzyme-rich foods has caused many of us to lose the ability to properly digest our food and develop hypochlorhydria, low stomach acid production.


dangers of acid blockers

Think you produce too much stomach acid?

It’s very unlikely though pharmaceutical companies would have you think differently.

Click here to learn why most heartburn and reflux are too often misdiagnosed.

 


 

Here is a simple test that you can do at home to find your individual dose of HCl.

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The Dangers of Acid Blockers: How to Heal Heartburn Naturally {Healing Digestion: Part 3}

The Dangers of Acid Blockers: How to Heal Heartburn Naturally {Healing Digestion: Part 3}

For the complete series, follow these links:

Healing Digestion: Part 1 – Restoring the Mucous Layer
Healing Digestion: Part 2 – Digestive Tonics
3 Essential Facts about Probiotics [Healing Digestion: Part 4]
Digestive Enzymes [Healing Digestion Part 5]


We have already discussed the digestive process and step 1 in healing digestion in part 1 and the A to Z of stomach acid in part 2. Now, we’ll dig a little deeper into where things go wrong.

Stomach Acid and the Digestive Process

Getting your body into a parasympathetic state, relaxed rather than ready for action, begins the digestive process. Releasing saliva and chewing your food completely are the first steps to breaking down food into usable nutrients.

A good rule to remember is that the stomach doesn’t have teeth so anything going into it needs to be thoroughly chewed and mixed with saliva before being swallowed, with the exception of certain medications.

Food then moves into the stomach and the real work begins.

The release of gastric juices with hydrochloric acid, HCl, is vital to properly functioning digestion.

The job of HCl is to bring the pH of the stomach contents down to a very acidic 1.5-3.0 to help with the break down of food particles and kill all pathogens that are introduced with what you eat or drink.

Hypochlorhydria, The Real Cause of “Acid Stomach”

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