You do not have to suffer with gas and bloating. It is possible to live completely gas free! Gas and Bloating usually occur in response to decaying food matter that is sitting in your intestine too long causing putrification and fermentation. It can also be caused by an imbalance of intestinal flora or constipation. In any event, elimination and digestive processing need to be enhanced so that this troublesome and embarrassing condition can be reversed.
Good health depends on adequate digestion. The stomach produces a variety of substances that promote digestion and assimilation; gastric juice contains hydrochloric acid and pepsinogens (precursors of the family of proteolytic enzymes called pepsins). Parietal cells produce both stomach acid and intrinsic factor, a protein required to bind vitamin B12 prior to its absorption in the small intestines.
Inadequate production of hydrochloric acid can result in impaired uptake or deficiency of all B-vitamins, potentially leading to muscle weakness and neurological deficit.
Hydrochloric acid (HCL) is a strong mineral acid which functions to maintain gastric pH between 1.5 and 2.5. This acidity serves three important roles; low pH kills microorganisms in food, it activates pepsinogen, and it denatures proteins, making them more accessible to proteolytic degradation.
While impaired digestion may result from mechanical means, such as improperly chewed food, it is far more likely to be the result of poor diet, nutritional deficiency (as a direct result of antacids and similar medications), or inadequate Hydrochloric acid production.
The incidence of low stomach acid increases with age, with studies estimating it impacting 30-60% of people over the age of 50. Among other things, functional deficits of HCL have been associated with gas. bloating, indigestion, malodorous breath and sweat excretions, anemias resulting from nutrient deficiency, leaky gut, food allergies, joint inflammation, hair loss, and environmental sensitivities.