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Digestion and the Use of Hydrochloric Acid

An excerpt from Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe

A lack of natural salts and vegetables in the diet and/or eating high quantities of "complex carbohydrates," and sugars (which flush minerals salts from the body) eventually causes the body to become deficient in chloride and subsequently, in HC1. Even eating only fruit for several months can have this effect.

HC1 is the body's first lines of defense, because it also destroys parasites, mold, harmful bacteria, and viruses. HC1 activates pepsin, encourages the flow of bile and pancreatic enzymes, facilitates absorption of nutrients, including folic acid, ascorbic acid, beta carotene, plant-based (non-heme) iron, and some forms of calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

When HC1 production is low, it affects the metabolism. It causes incomplete digestion of food and failure of assimilation. Common symptoms associated with low Hydrochloric acid afflict a large portion of the population."



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