Can Sodium bicarbonate destroy the gut and stomach acid needed for digestion?

25-10-2021 19:24

Sodium bicarbonate helps to maintain a healthy body pH and alkalinity. Contrary to what people may think, sodium bicarbonate does not destroy the stomach acid that is needed for digestion. One should take pure and natural sodium bicarbonate for 30 minutes before eating to prevent stomach acid from entering the stomach. This will prevent the stomach acid from dissolving.

Dean Kesarlal, the founder of Safe Soda and an iconic Australian healthy lifestyle educator, explains how sodium bicarbonates acts as a neutralising agent for the digestive system and has many beneficial purposes. The body produces sodium bicarbonate to keep your intestines healthy. It's commonly used as an antacid and can relieve stomach pain. 

An empty stomach does not destroy the stomach acid. Instead, sodium bicarbonate helps to keep the stomach acid at bay. "The body contains various organs such as the liver, kidney, pancreas, and stomach, which all produce bicarb for various purposes," says Dean. The most common reason the stomach holds bicarb is due to its hydrochloric acid.

The key to the absorption of nutrients is having the proper amount of alkalinity. When you digest food, the first enzyme that's released is Amylose. This enzyme breaks down the starch.

The digestive system secretes enzymes and gastric acids to help break down food in the stomach. These components are necessary for the proper digestion of food. The other components of the digestive system help digest the food.

When the secretion of gastric acid rises or decreases, it can lead to various stomach-related problems. Most people with acid problems do not have enough stomach acid. This is a common issue and can result in various stomach-related problems.

The enzymes in the chewing action then pull apart the nutrients and minerals from the body. The acid then goes into the intestines and the pancreas produces bicarb to turn it into a pH balanced acid. The goal is to remove the acid and activate the cell's absorption of the nutrients.

If your gut is too acidic, it can cause cells to lock up and cannot absorb nutrients and minerals. This can lead to issues such as Small bacterial overgrowth (SBO) and celiac disease.

"Sodium bicarbonates are commonly used to relieve the symptoms of acid indigestion and heartburn," says Dean. "It can also be utilised to treat duodenal ulcers and stomach ulcers, " Dean adds.

Malnutrition and poor dietary habits are known to cause stomach acid problems. The lack of nutrients is caused by the body's failure to absorb and produce gastric acid. Also, stress can decrease the production of gastric acid.

Helicobacter pylori prevents the stomach from producing sufficient gastric juices to maintain a healthy pH level. This can cause conditions such as acid reflux and ulcers.

Contrary to popular belief, most people experience difficulty in consuming solid food due to the lack of stomach acid. This condition causes food to be undigested in the stomach, which can also affect the health. Also, the lack of nutrients can limit the body's ability to absorb nutrients.

Gassy or burning after meals, nausea, bloating, and/or heartburn. These are often accompanied by indigestion. "Symptoms of poor digestion can also be triggered by lifestyle factors such as age, diabetes, high blood pressure, or chronic diarrhoea," says Dean.

The simple test can help determine if you have low stomach acid. It produces a chemical reaction in your stomach that produces hydrochloric acid.

"Besides being a natural home remedy, ingesting baking soda can also help lower stomach upsets," says Dean. "This is a very safe and effective method to use".

Safe Soda flagship product Superior SodaTM is the top-level Pharmaceutical Grade Sodium Bicarbonate sourced from nature itself. One of the most significant health claims of this product is that it helps maintain and support healthy acid/alkali balance in the body. The product is listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) Register with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and classed as a Listed Medicine. For more information on these health benefits, follow Dean's free Live presentations and webinars.