To maintain a healthy body and immune system, at any age, especially over the age of 40, the digestive system must work at its optimum level, to provide the necessary support. Support for body and the immune systems is maximized, by absorbing, as much of the vitamins, minerals and micronutrients as possible, from the nutrients consumed. This is the primary reason a healthy diet is absolutely necessary, in maintaining longevity.
When food enters the stomach, it is mixed with strong Hydrochloric acid (HCL), Peptic enzymes and a host of other enzymes. The HCL breaks down the nutrients into a thick mass called Chyme. Pepsin breaks down proteins, in the Chyme, into proteoses and peptones, which are the building blocks for the amino acid, necessary to maintain the body and immune system.
For Pepsin to work properly, it must have the assistance of strong Hydrochloric acid. When the strength of the HCL is at 1.0 pH, Pepsin is working at its optimum level, in converting proteins. When the strength of the HCL diminishes Pepsin becomes less active, in converting proteins. At 5.0 pH, the Peptic enzymes are no longer active, in the conversion process. This condition is called Hypochlorhydria, in extreme cases it is called Achlorhydria. Many proteins are allergens and must be destroyed by the actions of the HCL and Peptic enzymes.
Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria are more prevalent in older people, but not limited to any age groups. Many people over that age of 40 to 45 develop the first stages of Hypochlorhydria, which is called Hidden Hypochlorhydria. People with Hidden Hypochlorhydria are producing acid, but not enough, to completely sterilized and convert the nutrients, in a single meal. As people get older, they develop Obvious Hypochlorhydria. People with Obvious Hypochlorhydria are producing acid, but the acid is too weak to sterilize and convert what is eaten. As people with Obvious Hypochlorhydria age, the disease progresses and they become Achlorhydric. Achlorhydria is the complete absence of Hydrochloric acid, produced in the stomach. There is no sterilization and conversion, of the nutrients consumed. Achlorhydria is one of the obvious conditions that people have, in the final stages of the HIV virus. Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria can be brought on, at any age, by the use of antibiotics, antihistamines, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and other medications.
In all three instances, the disorders will allow raw unsterilized and unconverted nutrients to dump prematurely, into the small bowel. The premature dumping, will drastically reduce the absorption of the necessary vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, necessary to keep the body healthy and support the immune system. Older people, will Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria, will always be deficient in vitamin B12 and a host of other vitamins and minerals.
Hypochlorhydria and Achlorhydria will allow bacteria and pathogens to enter and proliferate in the digestive tract, because there is reduced, or no sterilization, or conversion. Virtually every geriatric person, a doctor treats, will have Hypochlorhydria and possibly Achlorhydria.
Unfortunately, many doctors do not test geriatric patients, for Hypochlorhydria or Achlorhydria, unless anemia is present. The anemia us usually discovered during a blood test, not by a pH diagnostic test. If doctors really wanted to help their older patient, they would routinely do a Heidelberg pH diagnostic test, or pH gastrogram. Maintaining a well balance digestive process will always support the immune system and increase longevity in geriatric patients. For more info visit www.phcapsule.com.