Calcium, a major essential mineral, is also one of the hardest to absorb in the body. In order to achieve beneficial absorption calcium must be in an acidic environment. This is normally accomplished via the gastric acids produced during digestion in the stomach. The problem is that as we grow older we begin to lose the ability to produce adequate gastric acids and this results in a host of digestive disorders such as gas, boating, heartburn, acid reflux, etc. When these symptoms are present it is almost exclusively due to the inability of the stomach to produce sufficient gastric acid to properly begin the digestive process. Under these conditions it is also very difficult for the body to absorb proteins and major minerals like calcium. This is one of the biggest reasons why osteoporosis becomes a bigger threat as we age. Without gastric acids we cannot absorb calcium even if we ingest it.
That said now consider that millions of people use antacids, either over the counter or by prescription to destroy what little acid their stomach might still be able to produce. Yes these substances can bring relief from indigestion but they do so by destroying the acid in the stomach and hence causing the food to be dumped into the small intestine. The end result of the use of these antacids is a loss of protein and a loss of minerals in bones due to calcium deficiency.
A far better solution to this problem would be to INCREASE the acid level of the stomach and to stimulate it to produce more acid as it did when we were younger. Virtually all the classic symptoms of indigestion are caused by a lack of adequate stomach acid needed to break down the food. Without enough stomach acid the body cannot manufacture enzymes needed to further continue the process of digestion and the result is multiple digestive issues from beginning to the end!!
We use a natural digestive formula that contains acids specifically designed to increase the stomach acid much in the same way as priming a well. To this we add natural enzyme precursor agents that the body uses to build enzymes for the digestion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. I have used this formula with people who were suffering from extreme acid reflux and have eliminated it within 4 to 7 days by increasing the stomach acids not destroying them. This formula is called DigestEze and is available from Phoenix Nutritionals. Watch my video Indigestion, Acid Reflux, and Hearthburn to better understand how your digestive system works. Also check back soon for more information about stomach acid ph and how you can to better manage digestive disturbances.