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Malabsorption Syndrome

This inability to properly digest and break down protein and absorb nutrients is known as malabsorption syndrome. If proteins are not broken down or digested properly and toxins are not eliminated, it becomes very difficult to achieve optimal health.

Malabsorption Syndrome, Designs for Health

People with low stomach acid levels commonly have symptoms of gas bloating flatulence and constipation or diarrhoea. This low acid environment slows digestion. The protein in their food sits in the stomach and putrefies instead of digesting. The sphincter between the stomach and small intestine delays opening because the protein is not properly broken down into peptides due to the insufficient HCL production. The small intestine does not want whole proteins; instead it needs the amino acids from the broken down proteins. This faulty digestive process is associated with low not high hydrochloric acid. These acids backflow into the esophagus causing the pain we know as acid reflux.

The barrier that prevents HCL from traveling from your stomach up into your esophagus is called the esophageal sphincter. The cause of this sphincter dysfunction is inadequate levels of HCL. Since normal acid levels help prevent infection in your gut as well as enhance absorption of vitamins and minerals supplementation with betaine HCL will help to support these normal acid levels.

The pancreas produces enzymes that are required for digestion and absorption of food. Enzymes secreted by the pancreas include lipases that digest fats, proteases that digest proteins, and amylases that digest starch. The health of the digestive tract is crucial for the overall health of the body. If food is not digested properly and toxins are not eliminated, it becomes very difficult to achieve optimal health. In addition, virtually every chronic condition will be exacerbated if the intestinal tract accumulates toxic by-products. Digestive enzymes decline 1% every three years after age thirty. Therefore, it is understandable why so many people need to supplement them for optimal digestion and assimilation of nutrients from food. Deficiency of endogenous production of digestive enzymes can lead to gas, bloating, constipation, malabsorption and a feeling of fullness after eating only a small quantity of food.

Individuals who do not secrete enough proteases suffer from multiple food allergies. Failure to digest food allows for large molecules of the undigested food to be absorbed and cause such problems as food allergies, colitis, and immune system weakness. Proteases are essential in preventing the deposit of immune complexes in body tissue. Protease enzymes are effective in reducing circulating immune complex levels in patients with autoimmune disease. Undigested food also allows yeast organisms to thrive.

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