Fitness Friday: Not Gaining Muscle?

September 22, 2017

Are you someone who works out and eats right, but you're not getting the results you want? Don’t panic, you’re not alone. Years of research has been done to try and solve this mystery but the answer is closer to us than we think.


Low stomach acid.


What is low stomach acid and why do you care? Well, having sufficient stomach acid is very rare these days, making this a common problem.


Stomach acid is important for breaking down and utilizing the amino acids from protein and other minerals when consumed by the body.


Without amino acids or, “building blocks of the body”, being broken down in the body, the body cannot repair and build muscle. This most nearly means; stomach acid is a key to digesting amino acids and the body will not benefit from what we eat if we are not digesting properly. Or in this case, not building muscle as expected.


Seems easy enough …


Recent connections have been made to show the relationship between muscle tone and protein digestion.


These studies have shown that low stomach acid or hypochlorydria is directly related to the prevention of building muscle.


Science proves that when you eat a protein, the stomach secretes HCL or hydrochloric acid. When this HCL is released, pepsins are also activated which break down proteins into smaller particles for the body to easily digest.


Proteins cannot become amino acids without the right amount of HCL.


With too much or too little acidity, proteins will actually putrefy and not be beneficial at all for the body. Without the right stomach acidity, working out and eating as much protein as you want will essentially be useless in seeing the results you want.


Still confused?


Here are common symptoms of low stomach acid:


  • Bloating

  • Belching

  • Heartburn

  • Indigestion

  • Constipation

  • Bad Breath

Balancing optimal stomach acid in your body can take some time but can be easy with different techniques such as:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

    • Taken right before a mea, this will help balance the pH in the stomach and help overall digestion.

  • Taking Digestive Enzymes

    • Full breakdown of nutrients to receive all the enzymes possible will occur

  • Chewing Food Thoroughly

    • Slow down and chew before you swallow. The breakdown of foods before digestion allows for a smoother digestive process

  • Eating Smaller Meals

    • Allowing your body to fully digest the food intake with time to recover, needs to be a priority. Your body needs recovery time in order to act properly

  • Adding HCL and Pepsin into your Daily Protocol

    • This allows for full breakdown of proteins and other byproducts to be used in muscles and throughout the body

    • We recommend working with a health care practitioner to properly dose stomach acid supplementation

  • Manuka Honey

    • This helps to heal stomach ulcer symptoms


If you are not seeing the results you want to see, checking something as simple as your stomach acid levels can save you endless amounts of money and time.


Before you panic and give up, try some of these home remedies and let the results speak for themselves to help balance your stomach acid. Best of luck!




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