How the Stomach works
The rhythmical contraction of the intestines, that crush and move food through the GI track, called peristalsis, is triggered by the stomach acid.
The closing pyloric sphincter—the valve which holds stomach contents until they are ready to flow down to the intestines—is initiated by the stomach acid. The pyloric sphincter works in exactly the opposite way as the Lower esophageal sphincter. This is your bodies’ way of ensuring that food is properly digested before it flows through the rest of the gastrointestinal system. Studies support what we have long suspected– as we age our bodies produce less stomach acid compared to when we were young. However ,we have seen clients as young as 5 who have needed Betaine Hydrochloride to correct their dietary deficiencies. Therefore, age is not the biggest indicator. We should look at the symptoms, not the age of the person.
The Roles of Proper Stomach pH
Potentially harmful micro-organisms present on food are sterilized by our stomach’s pH. Thus reducing our risk of being colonized by harmful micro-organism we all ingest daily.
Proper pH in the stomach helps leach minerals from the food we ingest, such examples being calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
Stomach acid lowers the pH, allowing the enzyme pepsin to start breaking down protein molecules and also activates that same enzyme (pepsin) which is required for protein digestion.