I am taking Betaine HCL for a week now, I take 3-4 capsules per meal and it has definitely helped my digestion. My question is about this article:
Is there any merit to it? I am following GAPS do damaging my gut more than I am helping it wouldn't be good.
Thanks for any answers
asked byConfused_Kid (608)
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on October 05, 2012
at 06:07 PM
I think it makes some sense, but I also think they are missing the whole point. A lot of this is based on assumption, but here goes.
The reason many people supplement with HCL or undertake the recommended dosing of supplemental Betane HCL is because a digestive issue has already been identified.
If a digestive issue is identified, this person also has to realize what is causing it. If that isn't done, and a shift in the TYPES OF FOOD being ingested is neglected, it's not going to matter anyway whether one supplements with HCL or not. The gut won't be healed.
If using the HCL is combined with an improvement in food intake, the gut is going to slowly heal. Will it heal as fast as someone doing GAPS and eliminating everything problematic 100%? No. Will it slowly improve over time? Yes.
So while there may be some flaws in the recommendations by some on how to test your natural levels of HCL, using the HCL, which will improve digestion, should slowly contribute to gut healing. The means to the end will be different, but the ultimate goal is to heal the gut and not need to supplement. By telling people NOT to try the HCL may actually cause people to never get to the end they are trying to get to.
on October 05, 2012
at 06:22 PM
I'm a big fan of Betaine HCL, and benefited greatly from it, and I also agree with the article. When I was under the care of a holistic nutritionist, she recommended taking it, but not without spending 1-2 months beforehand healing the mucosal lining of my gut, for which she suggested daily aloe juice (although I suspect any demulcent herb, and/or daily broth consumption would do the same).
I also wonder if there might be a misunderstanding between the feeling of warmth higher up near the esophagus that I was supposed to aim for, and burning, burning, down in the stomach like one would experience from an ulcer that isn't being distinguished clearly enough in the article and perhaps also when the Betaine HCL trials are being recommended.
If you feel like it is helping your digestion, and following a GAPS protocol simultaneously, I'd say keep at it, you are on the road to healing.