The stomach is involved in the second phase of digestion, after chewing. It uses hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes to break down food molecules so that nutrients can be absorbed into the body by the intestines.
Fresh, raw food contains its own enzymes. Processed and cooked foods have no enzymes, and so the stomach must use the body's own finite supply of digestive enzymes to break these foods down.
Many people do not have enough hydrochloric acid in their stomachs to thoroughly break down food and may esperience nutritional deficiencies even if their diet is reasonably balanced. Hydrochloric acid also acts as the body's first line of defense against parasites, fungi, and bacteria, but many people do not have enough of it to kill them off. Most cases of ulcers, gastritis, and stomach cancer are caused by bacterial infection in the stomach.
See also Digestion - General.
|Bananas||Studies have shown that bananas help protect the stomach from ulcers by thickening the mucus lining of the stomach and destroying the bacteria that causes ulcers.|
|Broccoli||Broccoli and broccoli sprouts are effective against H. pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers. Broccoli sprouts may also help prevent gastric cancer.|
|Cranberries||Long term consumption can help fight the bacteria that causes ulcers.|
|Garlic||Effective against H. pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers.|
|Olive Oil||Offers a beneficial healing effect on ulcers and gastritis.|