To diagnose hypochlorhydria, a doctor will typically take a person’s medical history and perform a physical exam. According to a 2013 review, hypochlorhydria is the main change in the stomach of older adults. People over the age of 65 have the highest risk. If I’m feeling this 3-4 hours after the Betaine HCL, am I getting too much, or not enough? Thanks.
The baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) create a chemical reaction in your stomach. The result of this reaction is carbon dioxide gas, which causes burping. So a burp within three minutes of drinking the baking soda solution may indicate an adequate level of stomach acid. A burp after three minutes (or not at all) may indicate a low level of stomach acid.
Go see a “Naturalist or Homopath”. Read as much as you can on underactive thyroid (ex.Hashimotos) and leaky gut and low stomach acid symptoms and see if this doesn’t sound like what you are experincing.
We also recommend using a DGL supplement and drinking plenty of bone broth. Do this for at least two weeks before trying HCL at the lowest dose. If you get a burning feeling at the lowest dose, continue with these healing supplements a while longer before trying again.
At 8 pills I feel no warming sensation unless I burp and it brings it up. Hi Ayoni, thanks for reaching out today about your health. Typically, probiotics are taken on an empty stomach but we encourage you to follow the instructions on the bottle.
The resolution of this patient’s symptoms (including the forced burping) suggested that her gastritis and hypochlorhydria had resolved. Probiotic supplementation was also used to rebuild the microbiome severely affected by years of antibiotics and stress. for absorption; and is essential for the absorption of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and iron. Lack or suppression of HCL has been associated with increase in osteoporosis; bone fractures; and impaired absorption of B 12 , iron and magnesium.8 HCL also prevents the overgrowth of pathogens in the upper GI tract, so hypochlorhydria can be a risk factor for SIBO.9 HCL is also responsible for breaking down dietary proteins aiding in the prevention of food allergies associated with incomplete digestion of protein.
- Hi Donna – yes we recommend spending some time healing the stomach lining before trying HCL – glutamine and zinc carnosine are a great way to start.
- Now I’m 5 feet 6 1/2 inches.
- I have already gone almost totally paleo with no starches and I use your scd charts and fodmaps (I have severe constipation that I have finally worked out a regimen for) – but I’m hungry and scared to eat.
Ambulatory acid (pH) probe test. A monitor is placed in your esophagus to identify when, and for how long, stomach acid regurgitates there. The monitor connects to a small computer that you wear around your waist or with a strap over your shoulder. The monitor might be a thin, flexible tube (catheter) that’s threaded through your nose into your esophagus, or a clip that’s placed in your esophagus during an endoscopy and that gets passed into your stool after about two days.
I need at least six or seven (650mg) capsule per protein meal but that just about kills me. It seems like my limit before it really affects me is seven pills in an entire day. It’s very dose dependent with me. Shall I just take my high-dose HCl with one meal a day and include all of my vitamins and minerals at that time and just leave it at that so I can absorb them? Will I eventually start to produce my own stomach acid only taking my HCl for one meal a day?
I had 2 in depth sleep studies earlier this year and they found nothing wrong, so my doctor decided that I must be depressed and put me on an antidepressant that didn’t help so she put on another type of antidepressant in which I still haven’t had any symptom relief of my tiredness and I’m quite frustrated. I really don’t feel like I need to be on an antidepressant. I feel like my doctor has let me down by not doing more tests or research and that she’s taking the easy way out of helping me. I have been having break out of hives every time I eat. It’s worst at night.
Surprisingly, one of the most common age-related causes of impaired digestive function is the reduction of hydrochloric acid produced by the stomach. If you needed more than 2 HCl pills then make sure you read next month’s article where I share my tips for improving digestion and naturally building up your stomach acid production. If you do not feel a warming sensation after waiting 5 minutes then take another HCl pill.
Otherwise the result would be agonizing and unnecessary for your health. While discussing on the topic of intake Betaine HCL it has to be mentioned here that before plunging into this task you must gather knowledge regarding the procedures of it otherwise you may be directed towards some common Betaine HCL mistakes. The NHS recommends adults get at least 1.5mcg of B12 a day. However, if your stomach acid levels are low, you may need more. So tackling any sources of stress should be your first step to rebalancing your stomach acid levels.