Do You Suffer From an Under Active Stomach?
Can You Relate To These Symptoms:
- Indigestion or Sourness 2 – 3 Hours After Meals
- Abdominal Bloating, Distention
- Full Logy Feeling After a Heavy Meat Meal
- Loss of Former Taste or Craving for Meat
- Excessive Gas, Belching or Burping After Meals
- Burning Sensation in Stomach, Heartburn
- Heavy, Tired Feeling After Eating
- Stool Poorly Formed, Pale, Greasy, Floating
- Undigested Food Particles in Stools
- Ridges on Finger Nails, Slow Growing Nails
If you have 3 or more of these symptoms, your stomach may not be producing enough hydrochloric acid (HCl) and enzymes to digest foods properly.
Some researchers suggest that digestive disorders are the principle cause of unexplained symptoms and disease.
Low HCI Acid is one of the most common problems encountered. The symptoms of an under active stomach can sometimes be confused with those of an over active stomach, leading to the use of antacids, which aggravates the condition.
The regular use of Antacids interferes with the production of natural acid in the stomach, leading to poor digestion and mal-absorption.
So Then, What Causes an Under Active Stomach?
An under active stomach can be caused by:
- a diet rich in animal protein
- dairy products
- refined & processed foods
- fast foods
- faulty eating habits such as drinking too much with meals or drinking ice cold drinks at mealtime
- improper food combining
- inadequate chewing
- stress – is an emotional factor that also contributes to an under active stomach
Why is This a Big Deal?
An under active stomach will affect the proper functioning of the colon, leading to constipation & poor absorption of all vitamins & minerals including calcium, magnesium, chromium, iodine, iron, manganese, potassium, selenium, & zinc. Calcium, iron, & zinc in particular, as well as protein, require sufficient HCI to breakdown.
When you don’t absorb your nutrients, it may cause you to be hungry all the time. So, you eat more – and what happens? You gain weight.
Allergies are also linked to an under active stomach. It is not uncommon to experience relief of minor allergies by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes.
With low stomach acid levels, there can be an increase in bacteria, yeasts, & parasites growing in the stomach and intestines. YUK!!
So, What Can You Do About This?
You fix it of course. How? First thing you can do is practice proper food combining.
It is important not to combine sugars with proteins, nor sugars with fats at the same meal. Why? Because sugars are digested in the intestines. If eaten alone, they pass through the stomach in minutes. Proteins & fats stay in the stomach for 2 – 4 hours.
If sugars are eaten with protein & fats, the stomach holds on to the entire mass while digesting the protein & fats. This causes the mass to putrefy because the sugars start to ferment, creating gas & bloating.
Eating Fruits & sweets 1/2 hour before a meal or by themselves is sometimes all it takes to clear up digestive disturbances. If not, then a digestive aid is needed. When choosing a digestive aid, make sure it contains HCI and a broad spectrum of enzymes. You would take these supplements with your meals.
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Wishing you health & happiness,