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Lack of hydrochloric acid, especially in people over 50, is one of the leading causes of digestive problems. Hydrochloric acid aids in the breakdown of protein and other food so it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. As we age our body produces less and less hydrochloric acid, giving rise to digestive problems. See our apple cider vinegar remedy below.
Apple cider vinegar Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a glass of water and sip slowly during meals. Add some honey for flavor if you don't like the taste.
Rhubarb has been used for centuries to improve digestion and appetite. Take 2-3 capsules of Chinese rhubarb root at one time. Or, make a tea by bringing a cup of water to a boil then adding 1 2/3 teaspoons of cut dried rootstock; simmer for 3 minutes; remove to steep, covered for half an hour; drink only 1/4 to 1/2 cup. If you get diarrhea, decrease the dosage, as too much rhubarb can cause diarrhea, or, if you get constipated, increase the dosage. This may seem odd, but rhubarb is used for constipation and diarrhea, but in different doses.