Viridian’s High Potency Digestive Aid, available from health stores, costs e21.75 for 90 capsules and contain digestive enzymes as well as Betaine HCl. Do not take these if you also suffer from stomach ulcers. A burning sensation, often linked with high levels of stomach acid, actually indicates low levels of HCl. Sufficient levels of HCl work to protect the chewed food from putrefying and creating gas, with one of the key signs of low HCl being an inability to effectively digest proteins and empty the stomach as quickly and completely as it should.
Drug companies make more than $7 billion a year selling acid suppressing medications. The last thing they want is for doctors and their patients to learn how to treat heartburn and GERD without these drugs.
First thing is to educate yourself by reading all about what I mention above ie. low thyroid, leaky gut. etc. to help you get in the right direction as far as your symptoms and then find a professional either homeopathy or a MD. Good Luck. HCL betaine helped me immensly with this as I didn’t feel sick anymore after nor bloated after eating, it felt like a miracle!
The “HCl” attachment to Betaine signals that this supplement provides hydrochloric acid to the stomach. Stomach acids are a critical component of proper digestion. With low levels of stomach acid, occasional gas, bloating, heartburn, stomach pressure, or fatigue may occur. For people who have a naturally lower production of stomach acids, supplementing with Betaine HCl assists with digestive efficiency.
I’m glad I read it & will use the natural remedies rather than taking the supplements. I was surprised I already did the acv in water without knowing it was good for stomach acid.
– If you have low stomach acid and you can’t supplement with Betaine HCL, there’s a few natural methods to help with symptoms. Start by taking a shot of lemon juice or vinegar before a meal to help the symptoms of indigestion.
When appropriate, some doctors recommend taking one or more tablets or capsules, each 5-10 grains (325-650 mg), with a meal that contains protein. Occasionally, betaine (trimethylglycine) is recommended to reduce blood levels of a substance called homocysteine, which is associated with heart disease.
This natural process is necessary to break down our food into smaller components so it can be properly absorbed in the intestinal tract. At the bottom of the esophagus is a ring of muscle (sphincter) that closes in order to keep the contents of the stomach from surging back up during this digestive process. When acid reflux strikes, you want to fix it right away. The most common response to acid reflux is taking antacids such as an H2 blocker or proton-pump inhibitor (PPI). These drugs drastically reduce the hydrochloric acid produced by the stomach.
Sort low acid levels
Betaine HCl is the most common hydrochloric acid-containing supplement. Normally it comes in tablets or capsules measured in grains or milligrams. Only people who have reduced levels of stomach acid (“hypochlorhydria”) should take betaine HCl; this condition can be diagnosed by a doctor.
With gastritis resolved an “HCL Challenge” was done to evaluate suspected hypochlorhydria prior to beginning supplementation with hydrochloric acid (HCL)/betaine/pepsin. In January 2016, she noted complete resolution of the refractory lower abdominal pain with daily HCL supplementation. She was encouraged to continue with current diet and supplements and her dose of HCL was increased in an attempt to treat her residual burping. Lack of hydrochloric acid (HCl) secretion by the stomach may contribute to chronic hives related to food allergies. Supplementing with betaine HCI, which contains hydrochloric acid, may help.
Yes, as long as there is nothing in the stomach that will continue to inhibit acid production. Microbes like H. pylori lower HCL by generating excessive bicarbonate.
The gentlest way that may help stimulate acid production is to drink a glass of warm or room temperature lemon water upon waking (squeeze 1/2-1 organic lemon into a glass of water). Alternatively, use a capful of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in the same way. While this test is great for gaining insight into stomach acid levels, it is not the most scientific method and cannot be accurate enough to rule out low stomach acid completely. Since there are many variables to control, it is important to take the test as soon as you wake up in the morning and for at least three (ideally five) consecutive mornings to get the most accurate data possible. One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to gain insight as to whether or not you have high enough stomach acid is to take the baking soda stomach acid test.