The pain I have in my chest and blocked feeling in my throat and bloating and gas is terrible. Are any of these symptoms linked to low stomach acid. I also have a very severe case of candidia in my breasts when feeding my first child and have suffered with candidia since. I am at my wits end my whole family is now starting to suffer because of this. My overall experience with HCL is positive.
Another area that the authors pretty much ignore is the tremendous effects that your overall health and habits as well as modern day stress of all kinds are involved in producing your symptoms. I’d be interested in knowing what effect marijuana has on these problems, but it is not even mentioned in the book even though it’s natural and plant-based. They also do not recommend seeing a quality psychologist (also very difficult to find) to assess the effect your personal choices and life-altering events are involved in your problem.
Numerous studies have shown that stomach acid secretion declines with age. In one study researchers found that over 30 percent of men and women past the age of 60 suffer from atrophic gastritis, a condition marked by little to no acid secretion. Another study found that 40% of women over the age of 80 produce no stomach acid at all. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a more serious form of acid reflux, is the most common digestive disorder in the United States.
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This test will only cost you about $3 if you need to buy a new box of baking soda. Many people choose to try this test first because itâ€™s very safe, low cost and you can get started tomorrow if it is in the cupboard. Low stomach acid can cause diarrhea just as fast as it can cause constipation so donâ€™t think that itâ€™s only confined to one or the other. If you have any digestive problems at all, this is one problem you must rule out or you may never unlock total health.
It can – but weâ€™d suggest doing this test 2-3 times, to get a better measure of where your stomach acid levels are. Steve Wright is a health engineer and author.
Hi Eben, thank you for reaching out! You can safely test for low stomach acid on your own and if your symptoms improve upon supplementing with HCL, chances are you may have low stomach acid. Hi Ashley, thanks for reaching out!
Also proBiotics (Culturelle Digestive Health ProBiotic), and DGL. I since have added L-glutamine powder in water (I weight lift), small amounts of raw honey, aloe juice, and EFA (Essential Fatty Acids liquid form). ITâ€™s gotten better mostly and yet I still have a bloated stomach, some coughing from reflux tho not nearly as bad as when it started, and feel like eating anything other than what I have been is a dangerous detour. I am married, 53-year old male 6 foot, 180 lb and very fit.
My own clinical experience confirms this. So far every patient Iâ€™ve had with heartburn or GERD has responded well to hydrochloric acid supplementation.
Then the burping and not being able to process proteins and dairy began and everytime i would eat either one of those i would burp. My doctor put me on acid reflux meds and that just made the burping worse i burped more often and sometimes after eating i would burp up my food. So i decided to try having soups for lunch and supper for about 2 months and it ended up blocking me up so i had to stop that.
My problem is thisâ€¦I know I need to go back to a 100% protein diet for a few weeks to clear up this mucus and then slowly add in the few veggies I could tolerate, BUT protein gives me horrible acid reflux. On the other hand, eating well cooked veggies and smoothies gives me no reflux, and itâ€™s nice to not have that constant burning in my throat, but my colon canâ€™t handle these veggies right now.
But trust me. there is nothing to worry about. Dr. Wright reports that the common Betaine HCL dosage range in his clinical practice is 3,250-4,550mg per meal. That means there are also plenty of people who need above 5,000mg for an effective dosage. Hi Dimitra – weâ€™d suggest increasing the dose unitl you feel an uncomfortable burn in the stomach region (you can take baking soda to get relief from that). Most the time, people stop short of their full dose and the HCL is then not as effective.
The Myth of GERD: Itâ€™s Not the Acid, Stupid!
Your blog mentions to be aware of burning in the â€˜stomachâ€™ as a signal that either one does not need to supplement with hcl or that one has â€˜hit their limitâ€™ and needs to taper back one pill with the next meal, but you donâ€™t mention about burning in the throat/esophagus. I seem to have the same problem you do. I take the Now brand Super Enzymes which contain a small amount of HCL.
In Dr. Jonathan Wrightâ€™s book â€œWhy Stomach Acid is Good For Youâ€ – he sees something like 4500mg per meal as the average HCL Betaine dosage. For a 650mg pill, that can mean taking anywhere from 6-7 pills. However, thatâ€™s an average, meaning many people take more and many people take less. We recommend people start by taking the smallest dose and work up with each meal until they feel the â€œwarmâ€ sensation in their stomach or notice symptom improvement.
But there is ample research (1,2,3,4) demonstrating the opposite is true, that is, that GERD is most likely due to not having enough stomach acid. I did the baking soda test twice and the result was low stomach acid. I tested positive using the lactulose breath test for SIBO (which was exacerbated ten-fold by attempting probiotics). I was a vegetarian for over a decade and also had heavy metal poisoning, and I think both of these contributed to my SIBO.