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You Are What You Absorb: Part 7

Updated: Jan 22, 2022

In episode 106, we will go over the benefits of having a strong enough stomach acid to absorb all that you consume. We discuss the warning signs, the causes and how to improve it.

Below is the script from the Stress Free Diet Podcast Episode 106

Rich: This show may be one of the most important shows we have ever done. You can consume all the most healthy foods, but if you can't absorb the nutrients, it will waste time, money, and effort. That is one of the many reasons why the Stress Free Diet is so effective. I had an annoying tickle cough in the back of my throat. If I started to cough, it only made the tickle worse, which caused more coughing. My health care provider said it was caused by silent reflux. He had me take a betaine hydrochloride supplement before each meal, and it cleared up my problem in a couple of days. I went out to dinner with a client and wife at a restaurant. He ordered the usual oversized heavy meal. After he finished eating, he said he had indigestion and would stop at the drug store to pick up something. He was like all of us. Treating the symptoms. Maybe he had low stomach acid. Matt: Here are six signs you have low stomach acid.

  1. You are low in iron or have anemia. Iron is key to carrying oxygen to all cells. Symptoms are fatigue, pale skin, Shortness of breath. Stomach acid is essential for iron to be absorbed.

  2. You are low in Vitamin B12. Stomach acid is essential for Vitamin B12 to be absorbed.

  3. Suffer from chronic constipation. Stomach acid is part of the digestive process and helps release bile.

  4. Suffer from heartburn, reflux, and nausea. Without strong stomach acid, food cannot be fully digested. Low stomach acid will prevent the sphincters at the top of the stomach from closing all the way, allowing acid to travel up.

  5. Pale-colored poop. It means the gallbladder is not releasing bile. Having the correct amount of stomach acid signals the pancreas to release digestive enzymes.

  6. Frequent issues with food poisoning. The stomach acid is not strong enough to kill harmful bacteria.

Rich: I used to eat a big heavy meal for dinner, and several hours later, when it was time for bed, I could not lie down, or else it felt like it was not going to be a good experience. So, I stopped eating big late meals for dinner. Hmmm, maybe I should have checked to see if I needed stronger acid. Matt: Five causes of low stomach acid

  1. As people get older, their stomach acid decreases.

  2. Eating too fast

  3. A diet high in sugar

  4. Taking antacids

  5. Vegetarians and Vegans

Rich: Test to see if you have low stomach acid. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach with a quarter teaspoon of baking soda. If you burp within 15 minutes, you have enough stomach acid. - similar to adding baking soda to vinegar and watching it make bubbles. Matt: Tips help improve your low stomach acid. Mix a teaspoon or tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in a small glass of water and do this before you eat. Do not drink ACV straight. Avoid drinking water 30 minutes before and after a meal, so it does not dilute your stomach acid. Rich: If the lemon juice or vinegar does not work or agree with it, you can try the supplement Betaine Hydrochloride. Warning, you should check with your health care professional first. Do not take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have peptic ulcer disease. Matt: You can also try taking deep breaths before eating and smell the aroma, which helps start the digestive process. We hope this vital information is helpful, we would be honored if you subscribed to our channel and shared this to your community. Visit us at: As always,… thanks for listening.

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