GI Janel Digest A supports the initial phase of digestion which occurs in the stomach. A healthy functioning stomach is a very acidic chamber. This acidity is important to accomplish many important functions.
During digestion, stomach acid can get as low as a pH of 1. This is the acidity level of battery acid! There are many reasons that this acid level is important.
First, the enzymes that begin the breakdown of proteins in your food work best in this acidic environment.
Second, the acidity protects us by killing the bacteria and other pathogens that we ingest with our food. Remember our food is not sterile! We need many protective features throughout the track to ensure that we don’t get sick from the critters that come in with the food we eat.
Thirdly, the acidity in the stomach is necessary for beginning the process we need for vitamin B12 and mineral absorption. This is why people on acid blockers can get more infections, are more prone to osteoporosis (weakened bones) and can have much lower levels of B12 which results in fatigue.
We begin treatment of IBS/SIBO with the GI Janel Digest A supplement because it is a perfect clinical trial to determine the strength of the stomach lining.
Backing up a little, THE pH OF THE STOMACH SECRETIONS CAN BE AS STRONG AS BATTERY ACID. If this is the case, we need to have a lot of protection lining the stomach so that we don’t burn a hole right through it (this is what an ulcer is). This protection is in the form of a mucous layer.
If you take the GI Janel Digest A and feel a burning or GERD (gastrointestinal reflux) then you are either experiencing hyperchlorhydria (high stomach acid secretion) which is very rare, especially in IBS/SIBO or the protective lining of your stomach is not strong enough to handle even normal acidity. This is much more common. If this is the case, then what needs to occur is a lot of healing of the stomach lining as a part of your protocol.
If on the other hand, you take the GI Janel Digest A and do not experience burning or GERD, then keep taking it with your meals. You are replacing the initial phase of digestion, which triggers the subsequent phases as your food moves through the tract. You are improving your ability to absorb minerals, B12 and you are improving your protection from infection.