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Stomach Acid is Needed to Break Down Food

First off, your stomach has acid in it because it’s supposed to. Stomach acid does the major part of breaking down the food we eat. Our stomachs have to secrete lots of hydrochloric acid (HCI) every time we eat to break this food down into a soupy mix which is passed on to the small intestine where the nutrients are absorbed into the body.

Without proper amounts of acid in the stomach food will not digest properly.

How acidic is the stomach acid supposed to be? Acid is measured using the pH scale.

PH Scale The PH scale runs from 0 to 14. 0 being the most acidic while 14 is the most alkaline. 7 is neutral. Stomach acid levels usually are in the 1 to 3 range, very acidic. Looking at the chart you can see that it is similar in strength to battery acid! Let me repeat the fact that your stomach is made to handle this much acid. Hard to believe you can actually have too much isn’t it? Only 0 is less than 1 on the scale. It is also no wonder that even a small amount where it doesn’t belong can cause major problems.

Acid helps digest protein. Pepsin is an enzyme which is needed for the digestion of protein. When we eat, the secretion of acid by the stomach triggers the production of pepsin. If acid levels are suppressed then so are pepsin levels. Proteins cannot be broken down into amino acids and peptides. Our bodies must have many of these essential amino acids to stay alive and healthy. If you would like to learn more about the function of stomach acid I highly recommend this book; Why Stomach Acid is Good for You.

Defense Against Infection

Proper levels of HCI in the stomach are also your first line of defense against bacterial and viral infections. All day long we unavoidably ingest all kinds of bacteria and viruses through the mouth, nose and food we eat. These germs just cannot survive the trip into the stomach because of it’s the acidic environment. The healthy stomach essentially remains sterile.

Normally good bacteria, that live lower down in your digestive tract, can also move up into the stomach if it becomes more alkaline. Proper acid levels in the stomach prevent this over-growth from occurring. Don’t be too grossed out to learn about these beneficial bacteria. They are essential to good digestion, in fact you cannot survive without them.

As you can see the role that stomach acid plays in digestion is a very important one. To take medications that completely or almost completely shut down or neutralize stomach acid for long periods of time is asking for a whole host of health problems.

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The Principality of Snake Hill


Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary 

Lee Emil Wanta 


Postal Box No. 488,

Baulkham Hills,   NSW 2153

Telefon : 202 379 2904 ext 001 

Country Codes [3] :    QS    QSH   and   923

" Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints "  St. Anthony

W O W ! ! !

Water or Coke? 

Very interesting 



#1.   75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. 

 (Likely applies to half the world population) 

#2.     In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak 

that it is mistaken for hunger. 

#3.    Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%. 

#4.   One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs 

   for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of 

Washington study. 

#5.     Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. 

#6.    Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of 

     water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain 

for up to 80% of sufferers. 

#7.    A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term 

     memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on 

the computer screen or on a printed page. 

#8..   Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of 

   colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast 

cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop 

bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water 

you should drink every day? 


#1.    In many states the highway patrol carries 

     two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from 

the highway after a car accident. 

#2.     You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke 

and it will be gone in two days. 

#3.    To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the 

   toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour, 

then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes 

stains from vitreous china. 

#4.    To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: 

     Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds 

Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola. 

#5.    To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour 

    a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble 

away the corrosion. 

#6.   To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola 

to the rusted bolt for several minutes. 

#7.    To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into 

 the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. 

Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix 

with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy. 

#8...   To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke 

 into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen 

grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your 



#1     the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. 

It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric 

acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major 

contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis. 

#2.   To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the 

commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place 

cards reserved for highly corrosive materials. 

#3.    The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean 

engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

   Now the question is, would you like a glass of water? 

or Coke? 

Quick! send this helpful info on to your friend health conscious or not!!!!


March 11, 2010