Leaky gut and low stomach acid. Is the hcl working?

Answered on September 29, 2017
Created September 29, 2017 at 2:35 AM

I have severe leaky gut and low stomach acid and have been put on a paleo diet. My stomach got to a point where it had severe sharp pains all the time. Id wake up and it felt like inflammation in my stomach, my sides and my back. I always had acid reflux and heart burn too. I tested my own acid levels with backing soda in the morning. I would burp around 9 minutes or not at all. That means I have very low stomach acid. My doctor sold me gastrezyme and hcl+pepsin. I started the gastresyme and took 3 pills 3 times a day. Now I’m on the 14th day and I incorporated the hcl pills. 1 for each big meal. My stomach still kind of hurts from the leaky gut and I cannot tell if the my stomach just hurts or the 1 capsule is making a burning sensation. I really don’t think one would do it but I’m so confused since I’m already in pain all the time. Anyone relate?

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on September 29, 2017
at 02:22 PM

Thank you for your response! I got tested for h pylori and it was all good. No ulcers at all. I feel like the pain is just the inflammation or something. I’m not saying it hurts to take the hcl but my stomach is already achey before I take the hcl pill so idk if it’s reacting or not 



on September 29, 2017
at 01:55 PM

Likely the pain is caused by ulcers or other damage to the stomach.  Betaine HCL types of supplements should not cause pain unless there's another problem, and that could be an issue of H. Pylori (which in turns prevents your stomach from producing enough acid).  When you have low stomach acid, pathogens can survive the stomach and infect it as well as the small intestine.

So increasing acid will help reverse this, however, low stomach acid also prevents your small intestine from absorbing the minerals that will help it produce more acid, so at least for a while, if not permanently, a supplement is useful.  Supplementing with various minerals such as potassium, iodine, zinc, etc. will help it along.

You could use something like Mastica Gum and Zinc Carnosine (which can also act as a zinc supplement) to help kill off H. Pylori - if that's the issue a few weeks of these guys will help get rid of them, and your stomach acid should rise by itself (well, until the next H. Pylori infection)

Leaky gut will cause all sorts of symptoms, but stomach pain is usually not included.  If you get things like acid/bile reflux, brain fog, gas (either or both ends), autoimmune diseases, random allergies to things you were normally abale to previously eat, that's an indicator of leaky gut.

If the root cause of the leaky gut is SIBO/SIFO (small intestinal bacterial/fungal overgrowth) - and this can happen when you have low stomach acid, using D-Limonele and Caprylic Acid capsules will help kill off SIBO overgrowth.  The D-Limonele will cause orange/lemony burps - but these are beneficial as they'll kill off bacteria in the esophagus which is yet another issue.

Hang in there.  It will take some time to fix these things, but it's worth it and it will get better.  Stress can make things worse.

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