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Anyone here ever get their HCl level tested? Or get diagnosed with Hypochlorhydria?

In Victoria Boutenko's book "Green for Life" there is a chapter on stomach acid (HCl) and the importance of having an adequate level. 

She points out that if there is not enough stomach acid the body cannot properly break down food and thus we become unable to obtain all the nutrients from our food, particularly protein (as it's hard to digest), and then deficiencies develop.

Also emphasized:
... is the fact that 'most minerals, including... iron, zinc, and calcium as well as the B-complex vitamins (folic acid and others) need certain amounts of stomach acids in order to be absorbed at all."

Our HCl levels decrease as we age and then we develop gray hair and other problems from nutritional deficiencies

And... If we abuse our bodies, & subsequently our digestive tracts, via over-eating (especially the over-consumption of fats and proteins), using drugs/alcohol, excess stress etc... we wear out our stomach's parietal cells which secrete HCl.

Examples of deficiencies & problems associated with insufficient stomach HCl (hypochlorhydria) listed in GFL are:
  • bacterial overgrowth
  • chronic candida
  • parasites
  • Addison's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • auto-immune disorders
  • celiac disease
  • stomach carcinoma
  • depression
  • dermatitis
  • diabetes
  • eczema
  • flatulence
  • gall bladder disease
  • gastric polyps
  • gastritis
  • hepatitis
  • hyperthyroidism
  • myasthenia gravis
  • osteoporosis
  • psoriasis
  • rosacea
  • ulcerative colitis
  • urticaria
  • vitiligo
So I'm wondering if anyone here has ever had their level of HCl tested or if anyone has ever been diagnosed with hypochlorhydria -- and if so-- please share your thoughts on the matter.

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Addendum to my initial post:
I also wanted to point out - another thing mentioned in VB's chapter on "The Significance of Stomach Acid" is that sometimes a person on a raw food diet can lose weight too quickly if they do not have enough HCl....

any thoughts on this?

It certainly sounds rather dangerous to me. But I am not knocking LFRV diets. On the contrary I'm simply concerned about getting the nutrients and staying healthy.
Also - it would be frustrating to say the least if one is doing all they can to eat good, healthy, organic food, only to be having it pass through without being able to absorb the nutrients from it!
So, it can basically cause every disease? Sounds like hypochondria. How much HCl is needed to digest fruits and veggies? Not much. Nuts maybe, but we don't eat much of them anyways. Lucky us.
not necessarily cause every disease, but perhaps at least contribute..... and only for those who have this problem.
I posted this discussion because I'm curious if anyone was ever tested - or subsequently diagnosed with hypochlorhydria.
I know my doctor never brought it up with me and I am wondering because I have had some health issues - despite being on what I believe to be the best diet and being active and keeping stress low etc....

I know this is an old thread but the OP --> HAVE YOU FIGURED anything out to help this as I swear I have it. I am have almost all of the symptoms listed above...and it's really getting me worried...especially with the fact of 'overeating'...as this lifestyle suggests to even though I feel great energy wise for the most part on it..since i love being active...I do have many symptoms ongoing.

I would love to figure out a way to eat without overeating and still mantain enough energy to do all my sports / lifestyle that I love, while curing myself.



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