Though this may be unpleasant at times, this side effect risk is relatively harmless. The third and most powerful way to increase HCl is to take Betaine HCl, a naturally occurring amino acid compound usually derived from beets.
When it doesn’t get it, because of malabsorption, it 1) drives you to eat more 2) becomes unbalanced and starts craving things that produce quick energy (carbohydrates) 3) fails to properly kick off all the reactions that are necessary to keep all the various bits of you in working order. Low stomach acid tends to cause illness, because, the food is putrefying inside you, instead of moving on through. This can lead to sluggishness and, also, your body shuttling some of the poisons that result into your fat cells.
I usually take either 1/2 at each meal. (I take Swanson Hydrochloric Acid with Pepsin. I am also suffering with terrible hot flushes with the Menopause. BUT, I been taking HCL with meals for the last few days and having a hard time determining if I do, indeed, have low stomach acid levels.
Because of this reason I’ve resorted to a 95% vegeterian diet with the occasional meat only on the weekends in low quantity. I’ve been suffering with this for the past several years.
I started the PPIs on Friday, DEC 18 (18 days ago). It did get better, and I drastically changed my diet to be 4-5 small meals a day of boiled eggs or a lean meat (chicken, fish) and steamed leafy vegetables (baby spinach, chard), cauliflower, and turnips, and salads.
Asparagus, spinach, kale and brussels sprouts all are highly alkaline, meaning they’re good for your stomach and digestive system. Being naturally low in fat and sugar, vegetables also help lessen stomach acid. While over-the-counter and prescription medicines are available, lifestyle changes can sometimes help those with only occasional acid reflux. The Mayo Clinic advises losing excess weight, eating smaller meals, and avoiding alcohol and nicotine.
And heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux, which occurs when stomach acid flows back up into your esophagus – the tube that connects the throat and stomach. In some cases, acid reflux progresses to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or a more serious form of reflux. Common signs of GERD include frequent heartburn, coughing, wheezing, chest pain and regurgitation – particularly at night. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the long-term, regular occurrence of acid reflux.
So I have just started the SCD diet and hope to see some improvements with my intestinal-track symptoms. My biggest complaint is my stomach and how careful I have eat. I live on eggs, chicken broth, and avacados.
Most of the time, symptoms of heartburn improve after the baby is born. Medications and home remedies only alleviate the symptoms of heartburn. They do not fight the root of the problem and can cause new symptoms in the long run.