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Betaine HCL and SIBO or other solutions?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

A follow-up from my other question: http://paleohacks.com/questions/141831/what-will-aid-in-digestion-of-starchy-vegetables-and-fruits

I once thought that I had candida but I recently have been overwhelming myself with information on SIBO and have reason to believe that's what is causing my acne/digestion problems.

You can find out my specific problems in my other question, but the main points are: Eating too many veggies or any fruit/starch at all causes bloating and gas as well as an acid reflux feeling with a hiccup; I just ate a meal with a very small amount of veggies and experienced less of these symptoms. I may try just going 0 carb for one day and see how I feel.

My question is regarding Betaine HCL and SIBO. I can't afford to get tested for SIBO or low stomach acid levels but Chris Kresser seems to recommend trying a Betaine HCL protocol because low stomach acid levels could lead to SIBO. I have read that some people recommend avoiding it all together and I am not sure what to do. I will be able to try Betaine HCL in about 2 weeks.

If anyone has dealt with SIBO please let me know how you got through it. I am trying to workout a protocol that I can try in about 2 weeks. I was thinking about probiotics but some recommend to avoid probiotics as it will only aggravate SIBO. At this point I am stuck so I will be going back to doing some more research, but any help is greatly appreciated!

Sorry for any incoherence or rambling but I've got like 15 tabs open for the past few hours and I'm trying to figure all of this out and my brain is overwhelmed :p

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on August 11, 2012
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Bump? Anyone have some advice?

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:39 PM

Thanks! Will definitely check it out.

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Scroll down to the Baking soda test. I did the for several day to be certain of its effectiveness. http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

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on August 10, 2012
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Thanks! Will definitely check it out.

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on November 02, 2012
at 01:35 AM

Eating too many veggies or any fruit/starch at all causes bloating and gas as well as an acid reflux feeling with a hiccup

According to a Dr. Dahlman YouTube video, the key symptom for SIBO is upper GI distress within 30–45 minutes of a meal containing carbohydrates, and the absence of these symptoms when eating only protein and fat. This single symptom is as reliable as the results of a lactulose hydrogen breath test (and a lot cheaper). If you have upper GI distress only when eating only protein or protein and fat, or your GI distress begins later than 45 minutes after eating, you don't have SIBO.

Even if low stomach acid contributes to SIBO, Betaine HCL itself helps digest protein and will not help digestion of vegetables, which require cellulase and other sugar-reducing enzymes. Also, increasing HCL might or might not beat back SIBO.

If you have SIBO, you can order follow areyousuchadreamer's protocol or Dr. Dahl's protocol for IBS (downloadable from his site's home page (see the section for SIBO)). Sure, it requires supplements available only through his site, but Metagenics products are high-quality and very effective for their intended purposes.

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on November 01, 2012
at 11:43 PM

I am in the same boat. I am positive I have SIBO because my symptoms disappear on a low-fodmap diet. I take a biofilm disruptor, enteric coated peppermint oil, and supplementary HCL (I am very deficient - it's definitely why I think I developed SIBO). I'm hoping this plus a low-fodmap diet for 6 months will kick it. I don't have symptoms as long as I avoid certain foods but being on that diet plus the autoimmune protocol leaves me with not many food options!

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