I was researching a very difficult case that recent come in to start nutrition work. In the process I was diving in my enzyme nutrition books and searching out any clues or info to help with this case. I was reading about chronic pain patterns, the soleus muscle, and connections to the heart. So here is a little breakdown of the connection that I found between the soleus, stomach, and the heart.
Most people that have stomach problems tend to use either tums or a proton pump inhibitor, PPI. PPI’s just shut down stomach acid. The idea that we produce to much stomach acid is ridiculous because there is hormonal regulation to shut off acid production when it reaches the pH of about 3 in the stomach. Anyway, most people use these medications to alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux or an upset tummy. Yes, tummy is a scientific word. What most people don’t realize is research has demonstrated that most people are actually deficient in stomach acid. It is the bile from the gall bladder that is splashing into the stomach and up. I wish I had the reference for you here, but I don’t at the moment.
I know you are thinking, “I get how the stomach works, what does that have to do with the heart?” Ok, I’m getting there. The stomach needs to be acidic. The reason it does is that acidity actually helps the bile to flow out of the gall bladder better. Do you know what gets pushed out the bile? Yep, I knew you were smart. Cholesterol! This goes right into fat digestion. Because without proper bile flow you cannot digest fat properly. If you can’t digest fat properly cholesterol has to go somewhere!
Ok, so what I am saying is this. People who take a PPI for their tummy’s actually make the problem worse. PPI’s shut down stomach acid. This shuts down bile flow. Fat digestion goes out the window. People who don’t digest fat eat to much sugar. (That is a another blog) Which cravings start. Sugar consumption makes the problem worse because the kidneys have to filter all the sugar out and it exhausts alkaline minerals. Ok, we are not going into that today. The kidneys are working harder which increases the load on the heart because water follows sugar and sugar is all over the blood! Now the kidneys are working to hard, the heart has an increased load, chocolate never looked so good, my spare tire has grown into a tire for an 18 wheeler, and all I want to do is sleep! Ahhhhh.
This whole cycle begins with fat digestion. If you improve fat digestion it will allow the gall bladder to function correctly and help to drop cholesterol. Also, the craving for sugar will disappear. The stress on the kidneys will be reduced. Alkaline minerals can be restored with proper supplementation.
Here is the ever complex connection. I will try to simplify again in another blog post!