Betaine hydrochloride helps Hypochlorhydria low stomach acid
Q. What is Hypochlorhydria and what can I take to improve it?
A. Here is a suggestion for what to take as well as some info on your condition:
Patients with hypochlorhydria take betaine hydrochloride or glutamic acid hydrochloride with meals and snacks. These natural supplements increase the amount of stomach acid, which helps the body properly break down and digest foods, as well as improve assimilation of vitamins.
Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) occurs when a person has low levels of stomach acid, also called hydrochloric acid. The body needs stomach acid in order to break down foods so that they can be absorbed in the intestines.
Natural aging, a poor diet, chronic use of certain medications, and past infection with the Helicobacter pylori bacteria may limit a person’s ability to produce hydrochloric acid.
Hypochlorhydria may also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition such as Addison’s disease, depression, asthma, eczema, gallstones, hepatitis, osteoporosis, psoriasis, thyroid disease, and autoimmune disorders.
If there is low acidity in the stomach, people may only be able to partially digest food. This may lead to malnutrition. Symptoms of hypochlorhydria may include bloating, gas, belching, burning or dryness of the mouth, heartburn, multiple food allergies, rectal itching, redness or dilated blood vessels in the cheeks and nose, adult acne, hair loss (in women), iron deficiency, undigested foods in the stool, yeast infection, as well as diarrhea or constipation. Patients with hypochlorhydria also have an increased risk of developing infections in the gastrointestinal tract because it provides an ideal environment for disease-causing organisms, such as bacteria.
Be sure to stay well hydrated, and eat easy to digest, cooked foods, eat little or no raw foods until you feel better. You might make some broth to sip on to help ease your stomach pain and make easy to digest soup. Here is a link to our broth recipe if you need one, and be sure to use betaine hydrochloride with every meal and snack.