For the complete series, follow these links:
Healing Digestion: Part 1 – Restoring the Mucous Layer
Healing Digestion: Part 2 – Digestive Tonics
3 Essential Facts about Probiotics [Healing Digestion: Part 4]
Digestive Enzymes [Healing Digestion Part 5]
Stomach Acid and the Digestive Process
Getting your body into a parasympathetic state, relaxed rather than ready for action, begins the digestive process. Releasing saliva and chewing your food completely are the first steps to breaking down food into usable nutrients.
A good rule to remember is that the stomach doesn’t have teeth so anything going into it needs to be thoroughly chewed and mixed with saliva before being swallowed, with the exception of certain medications.
Food then moves into the stomach and the real work begins.
The release of gastric juices with hydrochloric acid, HCl, is vital to properly functioning digestion.
The job of HCl is to bring the pH of the stomach contents down to a very acidic 1.5-3.0 to help with the break down of food particles and kill all pathogens that are introduced with what you eat or drink.
Hypochlorhydria, The Real Cause of “Acid Stomach”