However as we age, we tend to produce less acid and so a supplement can be useful to help replace some of the lost acidity. In cases of mild to moderate heartburn, actual testing for stomach acid production at Dr. Wright’s Tahoma clinic shows that hypochlorydria occurs in over 90 percent of thousands tested since 1976. In these cases, replacing stomach acid with HCL supplements is almost always successful. If you have an open-minded doctor, or one that is aware of the connection between low stomach acid and GERD, ask her to test your stomach acid levels. The test is quite simple.
I woke up 4 hours later with slight burning again, and my appetite has been less than stellar today. I also feel like my stomach has been burned. I think that my mucosal lining was not sufficient enough to handle the acid, and my esophageal and pyloric sphincters have been burned.
You may have even had acid reflux before and didn’t realize it. The secret is getting to the root cause of acid reflux, rather than covering up symptoms with drugs that can do more harm than good. Acid reflux symptoms vary in severity and from person to person.
Stomach acid is your intestines’ first line of defense against invaders! When stomach acid is too low, ingested viruses, molds, undesirable bacteria, and even parasites can survive passage into the small intestine, large intestine, and colon. There, these opportunistic microorganisms are free to cause all manner of health problems from dysbiosis and SIBO, to candida and parasitic infection.
It had taken doctors one year to find out that it needed to be removed, and I had severe inflammation of my digestive track and my whole body. When I was inflamed, I couldn’t take the Betaine. I have had awful acid reflux for over a year, worried I might have had a hiatus hernia. Sore throat, painful throat. needed to do something about it.
We also recommend using a DGL supplement and drinking plenty of bone broth. Do this for at least two weeks before trying HCL at the lowest dose. If you get a burning feeling at the lowest dose, continue with these healing supplements a while longer before trying again.
- Betaine hydrochloride (HCl) is a dietary supplement made from a combination of betaine and hydrochloric acid.
- Supplementation with dilute hydrochloric acid after meals resulted in gradual repigmentation of the skin (after one year or more).
- Once I saw a natropathic doc, he introduced me to betaine hcl and things got back to normal.
- There is a great deal of evidence supporting the use of fish oil supplements to help manage itching skin and rash type symptoms, particularly the active agent, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
The nausea subsides a bit during my run (which suggests the pH levels in the stomach are balancing themselves as a result of exercise). The nausea tends to go away entirely by early afternoon. But, I wish I could find a way of eliminating it completely.
The best way to check if your stomach is producing adequate amounts of HCl is by doing a stomach acid challenge. Stomach acid signals something called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (which separates the stomach and esophagus) to close tightly when the body has enough acid to digest the food that was consumed. When there is not adequate stomach acid to digest a food, the Lower Esophageal Sphincter will not receive this signal and will not close tightly, letting acid and undigested food creep up into the esophagus leading to heartburn and indigestion.
I am doing what I read in a few articles. They say to start with one pill with a meal and then keeping adding one more pill each day to that meal until you feel burning and then the next day back off one less pill. I am up to 4 pills and no burn or bad effects.