Some proteins or fragments of proteins are resistant to digestion and those that are not broken down in the digestive process are tagged by an antibody called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These tags fool your immune system into thinking that the protein is an invader, and your immune system, thinks you are under attack and triggers an allergic reaction (7). Since multiple food intolerances are quite common, it may be necessary for you to adopt a diet that is free from common food culprits, especially if you are an athlete who is eating thousands of calories each day to support training or competition. If you want an extremely clean “auto-immune diet” that eliminates just about every food sensitivity trigger out there, then check out the Autoimmune Paleo Guide. Insufficient stomach acid can cause absorption of partially digested food molecules, which can lead to food intolerances or alleriges.
Normal levels of hydrochloric acid are required for complete digestion of proteins and absorption of amino acids. It’s also required for the extraction of vitamin B12 from our food. Betaine HCL helps to restore the proper acid levels in the stomach and maintain healthy GI function. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water until it dissolves completely and drink it to neutralize stomach acid.
– Dr. Wright notes in his book that “paradoxically adverse symptoms are most likely to occur in individuals with the lowest levels of stomach acid. This is because these people are most likely to have atrophic gastritis (a thinned-out stomach lining), which makes them much more sensitive to even small quantities of HCL than a normal, thicker stomach lining.” This makes sense because a super inflamed stomach lining won’t have its normal protective barrier intact to contain the strong acids. In this case, it is wise to start with digestive bitters or get smaller dose Betaine HCL pills (think 350mg or less). Betaine HCL increases the level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach necessary for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients from food.
Hi Amy – digestive enzymes and HCL can both be taken to support digestion during a meal. You can take the HCl a few minutes before the meal to prep the stomach and then take the enzyme closer to the first bite of food. I’m not totally sure about the TMG prouct, as you’ll need to consult with your physician on when/how to take that.
I am still in phase 1 of the diet and can’t yet tolerate pear sauce, pecan milk and some cuts of pork. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a good practitioner in my country. My worst symptoms are severe skin issues (acne and eczema) and since I started SCD my constipation has become worse, coming from about 1.5 times a week to about once a week or less. I reached out the other day about supplementing with HCL. I have kept increasing the tablets by one more each day.
Supplementing with Betaine HCL will help it work like it was designed, because every meal you eat with low acid it has to work harder than it should. After switching my diet to SCD, I was still burping a lot after meals, having a decent amount of gas and feeling bloated all the time. Supplementing with Betaine HCL improved all of the digestive problems overnight. Coincidentally I lost 2 inches on my stomach measurement due to the reduced bloating… imagine if everyone could save 2 inches with Betaine HCL, half of America would suddenly care about digestion.
Is there a correlation between low stomach acid and high levels of histamine production. I ran across histamine and I assume it is the same histamine as in bug bite reaction as well as food allergies. Please excuse my last comment.
A list of these items is given below. The therapeutic properties of basil leaves give instant relief from gas, acidity, and nausea.
Why doesn’t acid rain dissolve all substances?
Thanks for adding the “sub the pasta out” It confused me that someone on the SCD was eating pasta. I see so many others state things like ” Chinese” still bothers me. I have had digestion issues for last 8-10 years ago.
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