How are Skin Conditions Linked to Too Much Stomach Acid?
The over production of Hydrochloric Acid in the stomach, and the inability for the bodies normal Physiologic Buffering to neutralize the HCL, can cause the Intestinal tract to become acidic. This can also result in an increase in the overall blood and body pH and set the stage for Gastric Cancers. Hyperacidity or Hyperchlorhydria is the over production of HCL in the stomach. Some of the Skin conditions related to the increase in body pH are; inflammation of the eyelids and corneas, inflammation of the gums, cracks in the corners of the lips, dry skin, hives, itches, pimples and eczema. Furthermore, the skin tends to be red and irritated in regions where there are heavy concentrations of sweat, like the knee, eyebrows, underarms, mouth, anus, and vulva.
People with Hyperchlorhydria may retain food in their stomachs for long intervals. The retention of food in the stomach is called Delayed Emptying, or Marked Delayed Emptying. People with Marked Delayed emptying of the stomach can retain foods, from one meal, in their stomachs for as long as 24 hours. This is especially true when fats and fatty acids are consumed. This condition, if not treated, can result in excoriation of the stomach and Intestinal Mucosa. High Acid levels in the Digestive tract can lead to Irritable Bowel, Gastric Carcinoma and many other ailments.
The Pyloric Sphincter is at the end of the Pyloric canal, where the circular layer of fibers in the muscular Pyloric canal wall thicken to form this powerful muscle. The Pyloric Sphincter muscle serves as a valve that prevents regurgitation of food from the duodenum and intestines, back into the stomach. Under normal conditions the sphincter does not close completely. There is approximately a 3 to 5 cm opening though the sphincter that only allows liquids to pass through. The over production of HCL will inhibit the Pyloric Sphincter from relaxing, preventing the migration of Chyme into the Digestive Tract. Medications and Supplements are subjected to the caustic effect of prolonged exposure to HCL, which reduces their effectiveness. Ulceration to the sphincter, caused by excessive HCL exposure, or scar tissue from a previous ulcer will keep the sphincter from closing to its normal 3 to 5 cm. Gastrin levels can also affect the operation of the sphincter. If the sphincter does not close to its proper level, fluids from the Duodenum and Intestines will reflux back into the stomach, unbalancing the pH activity of the stomach.
The First Stage of Digestion must have sufficiently strong Hydrochloric Acid to sterilize and emulsify the nutrients consumed, which prevents Pathogens from entering the body. When the Chyme leaves the stomach, the normal Physiologic Buffering that occurs, neutralizes the acidic Chyme by subjecting it to a 2 to 1 ratio of Sodium Bicarbonate to Potassium Bicarbonate, produced by the Pancreas. As the Chyme passes through the Digestive tract, it is neutralized further. The over production of HCL by the stomach’s Parietal Cells can lower the intestinal pH to the acidic side, and can raise the blood and body pH.
When the pH of the body increases, especially the skin pH, this will result in skin, hair and other health problems, especially nausea, and headaches. Mental stress is one of the major causes of excess production of Hydrochloric acid production.
Diet is extremely important for people with Hyperchlorhydria. The consumption of fats and fatty acid foods will compound the high acid condition. Foods such as red meat, alcohol, hard cheese, and foods with refined sugars will be retained in the stomach longer than normal.
The continuous use of Proton Pump Inhibitors is not the answer to treating Hyperchlorhydria. This condition can be treated with a natural medication that increases the Normal Physiologic buffering that normally occurs in the Digestive tract.