Dr. Diana, what are your thoughts on taking hydrochloric acid to increase stomach acidity. Maybe I’m misunderstanding (or not researching enough), but doesn’t low stomach acid cause high acid levels elsewhere? So, by increasing stomach acid with hydrochloric acid, we could raise alkalinity throughout the rest of the body?
From http://www.annlouise.com/blog/2011/07/14/hydrochloric-acid-your-alkaline-ace-in-the-hole/ (not a journal, but maybe a good jumping off point): “The right amount of HCl in the stomach triggers the pancreas to produce large amounts of alkalinizing bicarbonates that signal pancreatic enzymes, which can only activate in an alkaline medium. It is also absolutely necessary for the production of the hormone cholecystokinin (CCK), which helps the gallbladder to release bile for fat emulsification. Without sufficient HCl, bile production can be hampered from doing its job because if there is not enough bile produced, fat cannot be emulsified. It’s as simple as that.”