Betaine HCl should not be taken by anyone who has ulcers, gastric inflammation, and/or is on medications, especially anti-inflammatory medication (e.g. corticosteroids, aspirin, ibuprofen, or other NSAIDs). In general, we recommend herbal digestive bitters over Betaine HCl.
Take 1/4 teaspoon before meals. Learn how to make your own digestive bitters or try our favorite brand of bitters, Urban Moonshine. 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.
A person may benefit from taking an HCL supplement and a pepsin enzyme to increase stomach acidity. This treatment option may be especially beneficial for older adults experiencing a natural decline in levels of stomach acid. Some surgical procedures, including gastric bypass surgery, can reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces. Stomach acid or hydrochloric acid (HCl), is a very powerful digestive agent, and much more important than you realize. Itâ€™s important to know if you are suffering from high or low stomach acid because the nutritional support is different.
PHASE 2: Discontinuing OTC Acid Reflux Medications (1 week)
My descending colon is bloated and painful. Can yeast overgrowth cause these symptoms and cause low production of stomach acid? I can take 3-4 HCL pills after a meal and not feel much. So what could be causing food to remain in my stomach?
PPIs work to decrease the amount of acid your stomach produces. The ACG notes that thereâ€™s strong evidence that an eight-week course of a PPI eases symptoms and can heal the lining of the esophagus thatâ€™s been damaged by stomach acid. Other drugs called H2 blockers, such as Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid (famotidine) may also be tried and are effective, says Hagan. H2 blockers also lower stomach acid production, and are available over the counter. As you age, your stomach acid tends to decrease anyway.
Celery is an old folk remedy for heartburn and the above reason is why. Remember, despite what you have been led to believe about heart burn, low stomach acid is more to blame than too much stomach acid for the common indigestion symptoms associated with heartburn (11), and celery helps reverse low stomach acid. Stomach acid gets a bad rap.
Hi Steve, this is my second go-round with HCL. I have a long history of IBS and GERD and now gluten intolerance. A few months ago, I had some kind of stomach ailment that put me in the hospital for 4 days on IV only. Nothing was found with three CT scans, an ultrasound and blood tests.
- I hope that helped.
- I get yeast infections all the time and when I take probiotics I get really really sick to were sometimes I feel like they get stuck in my stomach like I canâ€™t digest them and sometimes I canâ€™t digest even regular foods.
- Magnesium has many functions in human cells, including the heart, and may have harmful effects if levels in the blood rise.
- The theory is that stomach acid plays a major role in breaking down the pigments in foods, so if there are still pigments left at the end of digestion, you may not have enough HCI.
I have had Endoscopy and Colonoscopy and several stool tests and a angiogram stomach. Have been on Pariet and somac for about 18 years.
In hypochlorhydria and achlorhydria, there is low or no gastric acid in the stomach, potentially leading to problems as the disinfectant properties of the gastric lumen are decreased. The release of histamine is the most important positive regulation mechanism of the secretion of gastric acid in the stomach. Its release is stimulated by gastrin and acetylcholine and inhibited by somatostatin.
In GERD, heartburn or other symptoms are frequent and persistent. The principal approach to treatment of GERD is to reduce gastric acidity. There are powerful drugs used to reduce the secretion of acid, which include the histamine2 (H2) receptor antagonists, and the proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs.
A pH value of 3-5 suggests hypochlorhydria, while a pH level of less than 3 indicates normal levels of stomach acid. Zinc is necessary for the production of stomach acid. A lack of this mineral can contribute to hypochlorhydria.
In reality, it is about monitoring what you put into your digestive system with an aim to reducing inflammation and stomach acid. bake or broil proteins instead of frying them if you’re trying to avoid triggering acid reflux, as frying foods can increase the fat content of a dish. excess fat, which can be found in fried foods or certain meats like beef or lamb. Opting for leaner protein sources can potentially help to prevent acid reflux. US National Library of Medicine found that chewing gum could cause you to swallow more frequently which can help improve how quickly acid reflux is cleared from your esophagus.
It is not unusual to become used to PPIs. After taking them for a few weeks it may be hard to wean off of them, because stopping can cause rebound symptoms. PPI side effects are minimal, but long-term use can cause osteoporosis, infections, and a decrease in the absorption of nutrients. There are several reasons why gastric contents move up into the esophagus instead of going down to the bowel.
So now I am back, convinced I have low stomach acid again and have been taking HCL the past few meals. Iâ€™ve started with one tab with each meal. I can say that I still have the occasional pain, but in taking the acid pill, I donâ€™t have any increased pain or burning, which you would think I would have, if I indeed had too much stomach acid which was causing the pain and needed an acid reducer like Prilosec.