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The Relationship Between Carbs and Stomach Acid

Hydrochloric acid is produced only in the presence of proteins and is inhibited by sugars and starches. A high-carbohydrate diet significantly reduces the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. A lack of adequate hydrochloric acid means several major deficiencies related to digestion:

  • Poor digestion and absorption of proteins or amino acids. These elements are critical for repair of cells, organs, and bone tissues, as well as innumerable other critical functions.
  • Poor absorption of key minerals, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, boron, iron, and zinc.
  • Poor absorption and production of essential vitamins, including B12.
  • Poor digestion in the small and large intestines. The poorly digested food becomes a digestion problem throughout the body. The fermenting food will result in reflux symptoms, gas, and bloating.
  • Increased exposure to ingested pathogens (germs that cause illiness). Hydrochloric acid in the stomach provides a significant barrier to illness and infection. Parasites and other food-borne illnesses and parasites have a better chance of infecting someone in a low-acid gastric environment.

The current medical approach to fix the short-term problem of acid reflux is to prescribe acid blockers, while the long-term problem of not enough stomach production of hydrochloric acid hurts long-term health. Our stomach was designed to produce acid—it thrives in an extremely acidic environment.

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