Hydrochloric acid - reflux natural treatments
Digestive health - Digestive problems can often be indicative of hydrochloric acid imbalances. Problems with Reflux and GORD are often prescribed antacids. This is of course just a band aid solution. It can have far reaching ill effects on your overall health if taken for long periods.
HCL is essential for digesting food and protecting our gut flora. When antacids are used they are meant to lower any excess of HCL. However HCL production often goes in cycles so it is not always over produced it is also under produced.
When you supress HCl levels you will often affect the absorption of minerals and vitamins. It can also affect the function of the live and gall bladder. The correct levels are also essential to kill off bad bacteria in the stomach so that it does not infect the intestines. HCL levels are also lowered by antibiotics.
So how would you like a very cheap and simple way to check your HCL levels?
Here is a great way to check from Dr McComb – Taken from his Candida plan blog
A way to check at home is to mix one quarter teaspoon of baking soda in eight ounces of cold water, first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking anything except water. Drink the baking soda solution. Time how long it takes to belch. Time up to five minutes. If you have not belched within five minutes stop timing anyway.
If your stomach is producing adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid you should probably belch within two to three minutes. Three to five minutes will most likely be due to some level of deficiency. Early and repeated belching may be due to excessive stomach acid. Belching results from the acid and baking soda reacting to form carbon dioxide gas.
If while you’re correcting HCL imbalances, you find that you have an excess amount at anytime, the old remedy of 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in some water works well. Antacid medications can have a negative affect years after discontinuing them.
For those people who find themselves caught in the cycle of chronic intestinal inflammation and HCL imbalances and taking 1 capsule of Betaine digestive aid produces burning, you may have to start by opening the HCL capsule and just using a pinch of HCL with each meal mixed in water. It can be a bit of an uphill battle, but it is a much better alternative to a steady downhill slide in overall health.
For more information on a protocol for HCL regulation i have attached Dr McCombs protocol as per his candida plan Blog.
This is for information only . Always consult a doctor if your symptoms persist.
Many Holistic doctors treat low HCL by giving Betaine HCL with Pepsin in either capsule or tablet form. If someone has chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract and they take HCL, it tends to produce a burning sensation. A warmth sensation is normal. A burning sensation with just one capsule can be diagnostic for chronic intestinal inflammation. In either case, restoring normal HCL levels is essential to health, and chronic low levels can have a tremendous negative effect on health and healing.
The typical protocol for taking Betaine HCL is as follows:
You start by taking 1 capsule of Betaine with each meal. If no burning occurs, continue to increase this by 1 with each meal, per day, or every other day, until it creates a burning sensation, then decrease the dosage by 1 capsule and stay at this dosage. For example, you take 1 capsule with each meal on Monday. If no burning, take 2 capsules with each meal on Wednesday. If no burning, take 3 capsules with each meal on Friday, etc. Now if on Saturday, you took 4 capsules and experienced a burning sensation, then you would back off to the 3 capsules with each meal and stay at that dosage. Some people get up to 4-8 capsules with each meal. How long you stay there varies, but I have seen some people do this for a year or two, before they start to get a burning sensation and then need to reduce the dosage. Once in a great while, someone will do the 1 pill with each meal for one day and then find that their HCL production kicks in and they don’t need anymore. It’s a rarity, but does happen.