Ok, it’s not what you think. I’m not talking about “that” type of acid; today I’m talking about stomach acid. Now, you may be even more confused because you’ve never heard a commercial telling you to do anything but block your stomach acid. So, I want to share some thoughts.
Stomach acid is critical for proper digestion. You need it to break down food into the molecules that are, or help you to form, nutrients. Insufficient stomach acid can lead to malnutrition (not to be confused with starvation) because certain nutrients cannot be extracted from the food you have eaten. Constipation and other problems may be the result. Many people who think they have excess stomach acid, perhaps they have even been diagnosed by a physician, actually have a stomach acid deficiency. This is very common.