Nutrition and digestion are the two most important factors in maintaining a healthy body. Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of a healthy body and immune system. How the nutrients are processed in the digestive system is equally important to keeping the body healthy. Digestion is defined as the breaking down of food into smaller components that can be more easily absorbed and assimilated by the body.

Hippocrates is credited as being one of the first Fathers of Medicine. Over 2300-years ago he stated that all ailments begin in the stomach. In many instances that statement is as true today as it was 2300-years ago. Today the body is subjected to toxins that did not exist 2300-years ago, making it even more important to maintain a health digestive process.

Digestion starts in the mouth where the nutrients are broken down and mixed with saliva. Enzymes in the saliva begin to breakdown complex carbohydrates down into simple sugars that can be absorbed in the small intestines. When the nutrients enter the stomach, they are mixed with hydrochloric acid, pepsin and a host of other enzymes. The peristalsis, the stomach’s churning process, turns the nutrient into a thick liquid mass called chyme. Proteins are broken down into proteoses and peptones, which are the building blocks for the amino acids, necessary to sustain life. The enzymes necessary for the conversion of proteins is Pepsin. The peptic enzymes are most active in the conversion of proteins when the strength of the stomach’s hydrochloric acid is at 1.0 pH to 1.2 pH. When the strength of the hydrochloric acid diminishes, because age, medications, or bacterial infection the peptic enzymes become less active in the conversion of proteins. At 5.0 pH the peptic enzymes are completely inactive in the conversion process. Many allergies and ailments not normally considered as allergies are the result of unsterilized and unconverted proteins being dumped into the small bowel, without the benefit of sterilization and conversion. Strong hydrochloric acid is absolutely necessary for sterilization and conversion of the nutrients consumed.

The Heidelberg diagnostic system was designed to diagnose disorders of the digestives process. The effectiveness and accuracy of the Heidelberg diagnostic test was verified by Professor H. G. Noller in the early 1960s, at the University of Heidelberg, in Germany. To prove the accuracy and effectiveness of the test he tested 1000 patients, over a three-year period. Since Dr. Noller’s initial study, many thousands of patients have been tested by doctors and researchers all over the world. In all cases, correcting the problems associated with the digestive process improved the health of the patient and enhanced their immune system’s ability to ward off disease.