Stomach Support Remedy
After food has been chewed very well and thoroughly mixed with saliva, food is swallowed. It first passes into the pharynx, then down the esophagus, penetrating the diaphragm muscle through the esophageal hiatal, then past the lower esophageal sphincter (cardiac sphincter) into the stomach.
The stomach is a J-shaped, pouch-like organ, about 25-30 centimeters long, which hangs under the diaphragm in the upper left portion of the abdominal cavity. It has a capacity of about one liter or more, and its inner lining is marked by thick folds (rugae) of the mucosal and submucosal layers that tend to disappear when its wall is distended (full of food).
When swallowed food reaches the stomach, it is acted upon by gastric juices. Gastric juices are secreted by gastric glands in the stomach wall. These glands contain three main types of secretory cells; mucous cells (goblet cells which secrete thin mucous), chief cells (peptic cells which secrete hydrochloric acid and pepsinogen) and parietal cells (oxyntic cells which secrete intrinsic factor and somatostatin). The products of these three cells combine to create gastric juices. Essentially, the stomach receives food from the esophagus, mixes it with gastric juice, initiates the digestion of proteins, carries on a limited amount of absorption and moves food into the small intestine.
- It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.
- Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn't digest itself.
- Eating less won't shrink your stomach, but it can help to reset your "appetite thermostat" so you won't feel as hungry.
- People who are naturally thin can have the same size or even larger stomachs than people who battle with weight.
- Most acid reflux is not excess acid at all, but rather too little acid. The symptoms of too much acid and not enough acid are identical.
- Gastritis is a term used to describe any condition where the acid balance in the stomach is disrupted causing inflammation of stomach lining. Symptoms include: indigestion, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, or heartburn.
- Reflux, (also known as heartburn, indigestion, GERD and other names) causes symptoms associated with excess stomach acid (hyperchlorhydria). In most cases (95%) the cause is too little stomach acid (hypochlorhydria or achlorhydria) and is corrected by use of oral apple cider vinegar.
- Gastroparesis is when stomach motility disappears and food remains in the stomach. Diabetes is the most common cause, but blockage (generally a tumor) or stroke can cause it as well.
- Crohn's Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. Its main symptoms are inflammatory ulcers that can affect the total thickness of the stomach wall and can bleed, but rarely perforate.
- Hiatal hernia is a condition where the stomach can protrude up into the diaphragm muscle.
Suggestions To Strengthen
- Alcohol and Tobacco, smoked or chewed, impedes proper development of the stomach lining.
- Eat more raw foods and less cooked foods (118 degrees kills the enzyme action). If raw does not settle well in your stomach, steam your vegetables for three to five minutes first. If a person has lots of longitude ridges on the fingernails, chances are they cannot absorb and digest nutrients, so steaming the vegetables is better than eating raw vegetables. This is because steamed vegetables are much easier to digest.
- Avoid caffeine and other stimulants.
- Make sure the bowels are evacuating well; meaning one bowel movement per meal eaten.
- The stomach-weak person should highly consider food combining.
- A stomach weak person often has a disgusted look on their face. Think of how hard it is to smile if your stomach hurts, right? Vice versa, if you let life get you down, allow yourself to feel disgust, it will harm your stomach.