| | Low Stomach Acid - must read!
I am an infrequent poster that just had to post to tell you all what I have found out in the last 6 days. I have suffered from indigestion and digestive problems for about 2 years now. I've tried everything from fibre supplementation, strict diet changes, nutritional supplements, antacids, and a few other OTC medications. Finally after seeing my second Naturopathic doctor she said she thinks everyone has been giving me the wrong diagnosis. I do not have IBS, and I do not have GERD. I likely have LOW stomach acid - not HIGH stomach acid. It is called Hypochlorydria and can cause a wide range of symptoms - most of which I have, but I have never told any medical professionals about them because I never made the connection. (ie, peeling nails, eczema, undigested food in my stool, adult acne, etc.) The obvious symptoms though were persistant constipation even when trying mild laxatives, and persistent indigestion even after trying all natural and medical remedies. (I was beginning to think I was crazy.)
To confirm her diagnosis she started me taking Betaine Hydrochloride. HCl. Yep - that's actually Hydrochloric acid, but it comes in a capsule so it isn't harsh at all. The end result? I feel incredible. Completely! It is a GODSEND!!! No more huge, bloated stomach, no more unexplained gas pains, no more constipation, and no more food sitting in my stomach for hours on end. I feel so well I absolutely feel compelled to tell everyone to see their medical doctor, or a naturopathic doctor to see if LOW acid might be causing thier problems. Please take this seriously. Do some research first, you MUST take HCl under the guidance of a healthcare practitioner so PLEASE do not just go out and start taking it on your own.
Anyway - that's my story. Good luck to you all!