Stomach Acid – Do we really need it?
Stomach Hydrochloric acid (HCL) is essential for immune system (kills bacteria, toxins etc), activates enzymes to digest amino acids (proteins), helps absorbs magnesium, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium & zinc. Stomach HCL is 1st line of defense for the body, like the front door of the house. Lack of acid increases risk of bacteria overgrowth & chronic diseases, including osteoporosis & cancer.
Do you take acid blockers – PPI (Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix, Aciphex, Prevacid or Dexilant) or H2 Blockers (Tagamet, Pepcid, Zantac, Axid)? Most acid blockers block acid for 24 hrs. Daily acid blockers means no acid – means no front door of the house! How would you feel?
Most patients taking these drugs have never been tested, if they truly have high acid for their reflux symptoms (GERD) or from other reasons. Common reasons for GERD is enzyme deficiency, stomach infection like H.Pylori, etc. Only real way to test stomach acid is Heidelberg pH Acid Test only available at AAWC in Kern County!
Ask us at AAWC to learn about enzymes, licorice, alginate & other ways to deal with GERD. Have your HCL tested with Heidelberg.