Thursday, June 09, 2005

What is...hypochlorhydria?

Hypochlorhydria is the official term for having too little stomach acid -- and it is a common condition found in people with celiac disease. Stomach acid is a necessary ingredient for proper digestion and a key factor in determining how much of the vitamins and minerals in the food you ingest actually make their way into your system. This condition is much more common than people realize. As we age, our stomach acid levels naturally decline. Unfortunately, many people believe that heartburn and indigestion is a result of having too much stomach acid. So they pop purple pills and antacids to decrease their production of stomach acid, which only adds to the problem. Ultimately, hypochlorhydria can result in serious health problems including depression, macular degeneration, early aging, osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction, skin disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, even an increased risk of certain types of cancer. Fortunately, it can be resolved easily and naturally once it is detected and properly diagnosed. Dr. Wright has written an entire book on this subject called "Why Stomach Acid Is Good For You" that gives the entire scoop on this common -- and commonly missed -- health problem. This book is available in most bookstores as well as through amazon.com.

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