New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. Provides Tips on How Digestive Enzymes and Hydrochloric Acid Can Help Improve Digestion and Help Prevent Acid Refux

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Studies are showing that over 60 million Americans suffer from acid reflux once a month (1) New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. outlines how digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid (HCL) can improve the digestion and absorption of food, and greatly reduce many common digestive problems such as acid reflux, gas and bloating.

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Dr. Barbara Griffin and Diana Sourek are the only two Certified Gluten Free Practitioners serving the Chicagoland and suburban area.

When considering that as many as 20 million Americans suffer from numerous digestive disorders, it is evident that optimal conditions are not present for the adequate production digestive enzymes and/or HCL.

“The human body is fully capable of producing the enzymes necessary to digest food and allow for the absorption of nutrients. HCL is the primary gastric acid secreted by the stomach. Its role in digestion and the regulation of pH in the stomach is critical for maintaining a person’s health in a number of ways,” began Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner and owner of New Vitality Health Foods, Inc.

The most common signs of poor digestion include bloating, gas, constipation, fatigue, food allergies, and heartburn. Half of all suffers with acid reflux show that their stomachs do not empty properly and they are lacking in sufficient digestive enzymes (2).

Dr. Griffin continued, “When considering that as many as 20 million Americans suffer from numerous digestive disorders, it is evident that optimal conditions are not present for the adequate production digestive enzymes and/or HCL. Supplements are available to help the body obtain a proper balance of digestive enzymes and adequate HCL production.”

Digestive Enzymes

Primary function of digestive enzymes:
In the digestive system, the main sites of digestion are the oral cavity, the stomach, and the small intestine. Digestive enzymes play a role and are secreted in each of these sites. Digestive enzymes help the body successfully breakdown fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. They also play an important role in the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food properly.

What signs and symptoms of not producing adequate digestive enzymes?

1. Indigestion and heartburn occur when a lack of digestive enzymes are present. Digestive enzymes help break down food so that it can move through the digestive track. When there is a lack of digestive enzymes, excess food can build up in your stomach which excess gas, heartburn and belching.

2. Bloating and stomach pain can occur because of food that goes undigested for long periods as a result inadequate digestive enzyme production. When the food sits in the stomach for long periods gases buildup.

3. Nausea, diarrhea and vomiting can occur from a lack of digestive enzymes which also in turn creates intolerances to foods. If left untreated, two serious conditions, leaky gut syndrome and malabsorption can develop.

Digestive enzyme supplements:
Formulas can be found to assist key digestive system components such as the stomach, pancreas, and intestines. Some of the enzymes naturally found in our bodies (pepsin and lipase) can be supplemented by animal sources, while others are actually found in plant material (such as amylase and protease). It is a good idea to look for a supplement with a broad spectrum of enzymes to reap the full benefits.

Hydrochloric Acid

Primary function of hydrochloric acid in digestion:
HCL is responsible for sterilizing the food eaten and to prevent harmful bacteria from entering the GI tract. HCL also triggers the release of pepsin, which is essential for the digestion of protein. HCL triggers the release of alkaline bicarbonate into the blood. There are numerous minerals that appear to be HCI-dependent such as magnesium, chromium, copper, iron, selenium and zinc.

Signs and symptoms of not producing enough HCL:
Most people with heartburn, acid reflux, abdominal bloating and cramping have no idea that the root of their digestive problem is the lack of stomach acid, not an excess of stomach acid. Working to further the problem is that a large majority is turning to over-the-counter antacids or prescriptions for relief. These groups of medication further the problem since they work to reduce stomach acid. As a result the person becomes more HCL deficient or hypochlorhydria.

The symptoms of not producing enough HCL are:
1. bloating
2. belching
3. gas, especially after meals
4. abdominal pain
5. constipation
6. foul smelling gas
7. bad breath
8. autoimmune diseases

Supplements to increase HCL:
Supplements are available which can help with HCL production. Taking HCL supplement following a meal is best in improving overall digestion.

Diana Sourek, MSN, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner, and manager of New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. shared, “One of the most common concerns of our clients stem from digestive issues related to insufficient production of digestive enzymes and/or HCL. We offer a number of different types digestive enzymes all from established and well-respected companies. It is rewarding to learn that they are often able to get relief when adding the supplement to their daily routine.”

New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. recommends consulting your physician before introducing any new supplement.

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About New Vitality Health Foods, Inc.:
Established in 1988, New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. provides Chicagolands’ largest selection of allergy-free foods that have met their high standards for taste, quality, and nutrition. New allergy-free foods are introduced weekly. They also carry frozen foods, vitamins, herbs, homeopathic, aromatherapy, body care, pet care, household items and much more. New Vitality features only the highest quality, effective nutritional supplements to support its customer’ total health. New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. is located at 9177 West 151st Street, Orland Park, Il 60462


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