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Lately, the gut has been getting a lot of publicity, but many people often forget that optimal stomach and digestive health are a big part of gut health. Learn more about how to protect digestive health and stomach's barrier here.
After being masticated, food travels down the esophagus to arrive in the stomach for the next step in the digestive process. This mainly involves the gastric juice that contains hydrochloric acid (HCl), which will serve to denature dietary proteins, activate pepsinogen into pepsin, and sterilize stomach content. Pepsin, the main gastric enzyme, breaks down dietary proteins into peptides and amino acids.
The stomach is the first step in digestion of proteins, contrary to the digestion of carbohydrates and lipids which start in the mouth. It will also produce gastric lipase to partially digest lipids and mucus to help protect the stomach lining from its own acid.
The main problems encountered in the stomach are gastric acid production and mucus production. Low stomach acid is a common issue among many people and belching, indigestion, gas, and bloating shortly after meals can occur.
The main culprit for this fluctuation of gastric juice production involves emotional status and perceived stress,1-7 but many other factors are involved in stomach health.8,9 Nonetheless, you always want to maintain optimal function, especially when you keep in mind that intestinal health is related to stomach health.10,11
Of course, some of these factors are easier to control than others. A few things you can do to protect stomach and digestive health include:
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