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Can you naturally increase stomach acid?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 25, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Can you naturally increase your " digestive " fire or stomach acid? I feel like I'm not efficiently breaking down meat. It feels like it's taking a while and causing slow, faulty digestion. Should I eat meat by itself? Or add more fat or what? Any good enzymes or something I could take? Honestly I don't want to rely on supplements for the rest of my life.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on November 25, 2013
at 06:09 PM

It's more of the top of the beet root. You're better off with the Betaine HCL, yes, the root contains some, but not as much as the supplements.

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on November 21, 2013
at 04:42 PM

To my understanding sea salt stimulates the stomach lining to produce more HCl Acid.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 27, 2013
at 06:57 AM

Did betaine help?

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 26, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Bitters are great! They really prime the stomach, get the juices flowing before a meal. I don't always drink bitters, but when I do, I use wormwood. Powerful herb, that.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 26, 2012
at 11:24 PM

yeah that doesn't make sense

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on December 26, 2012
at 11:17 PM

shut up dumbass.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on May 26, 2012
at 12:48 PM

@RogueDietitan, I'm going to order the Betaine and see if that helps, worth a shot!!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 26, 2012
at 05:16 AM

NOW Super Enzymes gave me something resembling a nappy rash. LOL

C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

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on May 25, 2012
at 07:56 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I have been looking into GAPS to help with my digestion. I guess I could give a few supplements a try.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on May 25, 2012
at 07:55 PM

the ones I tried were the super enzymes with betaine....for fat carb protein it said....but it was an enzyme

4de2c59d682664a54cfcd4f0979e1115

on May 25, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Have you tried Betaine (without enzymes)? That may help. The enzymes break down everything (fat, carbs, protein), while the betaine is more specific for proteins.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on May 25, 2012
at 07:28 PM

I'm where you are, I've been doing GAPS and I have seen much improvement. I think I also have had a lack of stomach acid issue for a long time. I tried NOW enzymes but they caused my already accelerated digestive system to accelerate even more, so I had to stop, was making the issue worse. I also do not like taking supplements of any kind, just me!

I have found that by drinking 1 cup of water immediately upon rising (and waiting 30 minutes to eat) has done wonders for my stomach. I no longer wake running for the bathroom, after a couple weeks it was reduce to running after eating breakfast, now 6 wks later no running at all. (now I get no exercise at all!!)

This piece was only a part of what I was doing, but I really notice that it did something good for my stomach to get things going in a good way.

don't know if this is any help but doesn't hurt to offer it up!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 25, 2012
at 07:55 PM

the ones I tried were the super enzymes with betaine....for fat carb protein it said....but it was an enzyme

C326acd0ae246a39c5685f2ba72e3136

(1631)

on May 25, 2012
at 07:56 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I have been looking into GAPS to help with my digestion. I guess I could give a few supplements a try.

4de2c59d682664a54cfcd4f0979e1115

on May 25, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Have you tried Betaine (without enzymes)? That may help. The enzymes break down everything (fat, carbs, protein), while the betaine is more specific for proteins.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 26, 2012
at 12:48 PM

@RogueDietitan, I'm going to order the Betaine and see if that helps, worth a shot!!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 26, 2012
at 05:16 AM

NOW Super Enzymes gave me something resembling a nappy rash. LOL

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 27, 2013
at 06:57 AM

Did betaine help?

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on May 25, 2012
at 07:32 PM

Taking betaine HCL apparently increases your stomach's natural acid production, although it seems to be a little cloudy on how exogenous HCL causes increased production from your body.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 26, 2012
at 11:24 PM

yeah that doesn't make sense

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75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on December 27, 2012
at 01:06 PM

As probably mentioned before, I believe SIBO can cause a low gastric acid situation. By going on a VLC diet for brief period (1-2 weeks) one can put a dent in the bacteria count and have gastric acid level restored. Of course afterward you need to keep a lid on your carb intake or a SIBO situation will return. If you Google around you will find a clinical study that backs up.

I suffer from low gastric acid too. I need to take an HCL capsule at every meal, especially if meat is consumed, or I get awful acid reflux. This situation comes and goes. I might be on HCL for a couple of months, gastric acid level recovers for a couple of months, then back on HCL. I need to try going VLC to see if I can get off HCL for good. ... oh, I am also subclinical hypothyroid (TSH 5.x). This might be a contributor to low gastric acid.

_Lazza

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on June 14, 2012
at 04:56 PM

Having MTHFR gene mutation can also lower HCL production, causing IBS and host of other digestive issues & auto immune disorders from malabsorption of nutrients in the intestine

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on May 26, 2012
at 12:46 AM

Yes it is possible and herbs can help achieve this goal.Digestive bitters and tonics can do wonders when used properly.http://www.livestrong.com/article/297288-health-benefits-of-swedish-bitters/

Herb-ally speaking it is always best to use local herbs.I prefer these http://www.iherb.com/Planetary-Herbals-Digestive-Grape-Bitters-8-fl-oz-236-56-ml/19147

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 26, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Bitters are great! They really prime the stomach, get the juices flowing before a meal. I don't always drink bitters, but when I do, I use wormwood. Powerful herb, that.

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on May 25, 2012
at 08:20 PM

As many others said here, Betaine HCL will help supplement the missing acid. However, to produce more, you might need to eat more raw, and acidic foods. So go for more salads with vinegar, and fruits, and some sauerkraut too. And when you're eating meat, instead of mustard, pour lemon on it.

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4de2c59d682664a54cfcd4f0979e1115

on May 25, 2012
at 07:43 PM

Stomach acid (HCl) can be lower if you drink a lot of alcohol or take things like Pepcid, etc. Obviously changing these behaviors should help. Otherwise, I don't know of anything to actually increase HCl production. Betaine HCl doesn't increase endogenous acid production; it just supplements it.

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5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on May 25, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Increasing your thyroid function will accomplish this.

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on November 25, 2013
at 10:54 PM

Be careful with apple cider vinegar--it's an acid, not an acid stimulater. Take bitters, swedish bitter has been suggested by Weston A Price Foundation, before you eat by about 15 minutes. Eat slow, chew, chew, and did I mention chew? If your first bite is the protein and salt--remember your stomach must have salt to even produce any acid at all!--this will help, so I've read, to stimulate HCl Acid production.

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on April 24, 2013
at 02:23 PM

Ive heard that Sugar beets naturally contain whatever is in betaine. I'm gonna try it out and see if it works.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on November 25, 2013
at 06:09 PM

It's more of the top of the beet root. You're better off with the Betaine HCL, yes, the root contains some, but not as much as the supplements.

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on March 19, 2013
at 11:58 AM

Is there any truth in "something I read once" that if you don't have enough salt in your diet then you can't produce adequate amounts of stomach acid?

1312a6121b7e742573091342575fd110

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on November 21, 2013
at 04:42 PM

To my understanding sea salt stimulates the stomach lining to produce more HCl Acid.

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Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:30 AM

I've been drinking homemade lemon juice (just a squeeze a lemon and put hot/cold water in). I've have seen an improvement in my digestion. I also tried drinking broth, which should also help because of the glycine.

I think this is very much a n=1 experiment. Try out different things and see what works.

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on December 28, 2012
at 06:20 AM

Apple cider vinegar is the answer. It cured my moms acid reflux in 3 days

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on December 28, 2012
at 03:39 AM

Yes - What is causing the problem can likely be brought back into balance. Make sure your nutrition is right. You need sufficient Iodine, B1 and Zinc to produce it. If you have any IBS/leaky gut/SIBO issues then resolving those can result prove stomach acid. Also building beneficial bacteria in the guy can encourage production. Low Carb and Specific Carb (GAPS) diets can help in these pursuits.

I think Chris Kresser's series on Heartburn is the best place to read about stomach acid.

I would love to hear from paleo-minded people who have actually seen improvements though, especially anyone with actual before and after measurements.

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on December 27, 2012
at 12:28 PM

i had the same problem. the food i ate did not get digested properly. i used a home remedy and after 2-3 weeks i'm absolutely fine and my stomach is stronger and has good digestion. i used to drink this, you can make it at home

Cumin powder — 2 tsp (most important ingredient 1)

Rock salt / normal salt — 1 tsp

Juice — 1lemon

Ginger — a pinch (optional)

Chopped coriander(optional)

glass full of water (normal temperature) (most important ingredient 2)

Rock salt: helps in cooling the body, a good digestive and anti-acidic.

• Cumin: Also known as jeera helps in digestion, good for respiratory disorders and anemia.

• Lemon: Packed with vitamin C, boosts immunity. Helps give you a clear complexion and an excellent appetiser. It is a very commonly used ingredient in detox juices.

• Ginger: It has soothing properties which keeps your body warm when you have a temperature. It relieves colds and body aches.

• Coriander: Boost immunity and is a rich source of fiber. Go ahead and chill out.

I used to have this drink after every meal for the first week. (My stomach was very week). From the second week i started drinking only after heavy meals (meat) and continued the same. since then my digestion has improved and i have become more healthy. avoid cold fluids for at least a week.

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on May 25, 2012
at 08:02 PM

No medical advice intended, but have you thought about looking more closely at betaine HCL / trimethylglycine ? http://questioning-answers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/hypochlorhydria-and-autism.html (mention it to your doctor also)

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on December 26, 2012
at 10:24 PM

im a dumbass and i sell bacon and bacon bits

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on December 26, 2012
at 11:17 PM

shut up dumbass.

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