I have recently started on HCL but notice that though I feel better during and right after the meal, my reflux symptoms return within an hour. I think my LES is malfunctioning but I don’t know how to prove or correct it. Any advice is appreciated. You may also need to be using a lot of things to support stomach acid like aloe, slippery elm, marshmallow root tea.
When possible, eat dandelion greens with meals in soups or as greens to increase production of HCL. You should also consider the spices you use in cooking, which can stimulate stomach acid production and appetite. Medications. Taking antacids or medications prescribed to treat ulcers and acid reflux, such as PPIs, for a long period of time may also lead to hypochlorhydria.
Begin by taking 1 capsule of betaine hydrochloride (BH) before your largest meal of the day. You should feel a burning or warming sensation in your stomach or upper abdomen. You may also feel slightly “acidic,” or as though you have indigestion.
I slowly backed off before the holidays (gradually down to 1 pill) but then experienced the same symtoms all over again. I did drink some coffee and wine which I don’t normally have, and at a bit of gluten and some dairy as well as spicy food. I do not know if trying HCL would be beneficial since I don’t have heartburn symptoms.
Has anyone had chronic hives for many years that is connected to low stomach acid? I have been treated for chronic hives with Zantac paired with either Claritin or Zyrtec morning and evening for many years.
Start by incorporating one or two of the tips in this post and build from there as needed. Each of these tips are incredibly powerful, and perhaps you only need one or two of them to make a big difference for you. Over time, however, these changes will help restore function in your digestive tract.
I’m going to talk about the top five steps you can follow and natural remedies you can take to improve your stomach acid and digestive function. Drinking water, especially cold water, before or while eating will dilute your stomach acid counteracting your efforts to increase your stomach acid levels. Drinking alcohol or carbonated drinks will also dilute your stomach with the added bonus of causing additional stomach bloating. Chewing your food is the first step in digestion. Smaller pieces of food mixed with saliva will be digested much quicker.
Other spices you may enjoy instead are cumin, black pepper and turmeric. Turmeric in particular is excellent for digestive health as it’s one of the most potent anti-inflammatory ingredients which can also help reduce acid reflux. You’re probably aware that if you have acid reflux, spicy foods don’t help the matter. Jalapeños, cayenne pepper, hot sauce – these foods may taste great but don’t sit well in your system. While you’re working to rebalance proper acid levels in your digestive tract, try to avoid foods with spicy ingredients so as not to aggravate your system further.
The gold standard medical test for low stomach acid available right now is called “The Heidelberg Stomach Acid Test.” This test is the most costly of the bunch, but it will give you exact, non-biased results you need to analyze your stomach acid. It usually costs around $350 and unfortunately most insurance plans won’t cover it. But always call ahead because prices change and so does insurance coverage.
Is this a low acid or high acid. Doctor please help me. Hi Mary, thank you for reaching out! It is always a good idea to consult with your practitioner about any symptoms you have.
In general, we recommend herbal digestive bitters over Betaine HCl. There are a few ways to increase stomach acid naturally. 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.
I initially felt so sick to my stomach taking it. My chiropractor/ nutritionist NEVER told me to take with protein only to make sure to take with food.
Chlorine and fluoride in our drinking water can lower acid levels. Chronic use of antacids will also deplete stomach acid, ultimately making symptoms worse.
Low stomach acid causes acid reflux two ways. 1.
told me all is fine just redness and mild gastritis, but burning sensation just does not go away, every single day i have this. sometime immediately after eating or sometime after couple of hours of eating my meal i see burning sensation in my stomach.