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.
... 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
- Addison's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- auto-immune disorders
- celiac disease
- stomach carcinoma
- gall bladder disease
- gastric polyps
- myasthenia gravis
- ulcerative colitis
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.