Eat beets. If they turn your urine pink/red, then you have low stomach acid. Stomach acid is a very important first step in digestion. Without enough, you can't absorb B12, and you have trouble absorbing zinc as well as several other nutrients. If you don't have adequate stomach acid, proteins aren't broken down properly, and so they can cause trouble in the small intestine and/or get absorbed whole into the bloodstream.

Gluten and casein are famous for being addictive because they form opiod-like substances. Stomach acid is necessary to prevent them from becoming opiods.

Histamine helps trigger the release of stomach acid. Histamine is found in several foods, especially ferments, so pile on another reason to eat ferments with every meal. Adequate zinc is also necessary to produce stomach acid (remember what's not absorbed well without it?).

Posted by Shannon on February 22, 2009 at 7:29pm in Digestion

Passing the beet test, doesn't necessarily mean you have adequate HCl.  But, pink pee means that you do NOT have adequate HCl. I believe.

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Comment by Jennifer Lynn on March 13, 2010 at 7:38am
If you bring heat to raw fermented food like sauerkraut are you losing the healthy quality to it? Same question for yogurt and raw milk and cheese.....We had a traditional polish dinner at my house last night and I served raw fermented sauerkraut with the meal. Instead of steaming it with the kielbasa as I normally would have done I set it out in a bowl instead and just let it come to room temp. It was delicious, I cant wait to start fermenting my own at home! How mush per serving of raw fermented food do you need to eat with a meal to get enough of the healthful benefits?
Comment by Pat Robinson on March 13, 2010 at 8:15am
Heat will kill the beneficial microbials, above 120 degrees, I think. So, any applied heat. Same with yogurt, raw milk, raw cheese.

You only need a forkful of cabbage (with each meal) to get huge benefits to improve stomach acid and beneficial probiotics. Even once a day is beneficial!

Comment by Pat Robinson on March 13, 2010 at 8:17am
You can consume other fermented vegetables more. Some are goitrogenic, which is the issue with cabbage. It is less goitrogenic when cooked, however.

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