Regulating gut bacteria, stress management, balancing gut pH and finding the right diet is essential in treating all gut disorders. Self diagnosis and ad hoc treatment alongside intermittent dieting is a common a misnomer with many clients.
The gut is treated as a whole, mouth/teeth, stomach, pancreas, small intestine and large intestine to eradicate digestive disorders.
Bacterial, fungal overgrowth and parasitic load can all be addressed either as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunct with your G.P.
How to test for low hydrochloric acid (HCL)
HCL – Hydrochloric Acid
Adequate amounts of HCL is needed for competent break down of food and digestion. If you are low in HCL you will not be breaking down your food properly which means that the food gets sent partially undigested to the intestines. The intestines then try to break down your proteins and carbohydrates via the process of fermentation and putrefaction. The intestines will have to generate more fermentable and putrefactive strains of bacteria to do this; this is what causes IBS in most people. Fermentable bacteria cause a lot of pain, gas and bloating. Putrefactive bacteria will also cause gas and foul-smelling gas and stool.
HCL is also responsible for the absorption of nutrients, like zinc. Zinc is a major nutrient involved in digestive health. Many Australians have low zinc as it is low in Australian soil. If you found you are low in HCL, you may also be low in zinc. It’s a good idea to test your serum zinc with your G.P. If your zinc is below a serum of 16, it is a good idea to supplement under the supervision of a trained clinician. Low zinc status can lead to digestive complaints, low immunity, low mood, fatigue and hormonal imbalance. Zinc is an extremely important mineral and is involved in many biochemical and physiological functions within the body.
HOW MANY TO TAKE AFTER THE TEST??
If you do not get heartburn on two capsules then take two capsules before each meal, unless it’s just a light snack, salad or soup, then you may just decide to take one capsule. Once you get heartburn on two capsules drop down to one capsule.
If you do not get heartburn on three capsules then you should be taking three capsules before each meal unless it’s just a light snack, salad or soup, then you may just decide to take one or two capsules. Once you get heartburn on three capsules drop down to two capsules. Once you get heartburn on two capsules drop to one, until you get heartburn on one capsule.
ONCE I GET HEARTBURN ON ONE HCL CAPSULE DO I STOP SUPPLEMENTING WITH HCL ALLTOGETHER?
Over time your levels of HCL will build up and you will no longer need this product for everyday use. Once you get heartburn/indigestion on ONE HCL capsule then you know you have adequate amounts of HCL and you may stop supplementing it every day.
You may choose to use HCL only for large meals, eating out, fatty meals or special eating days like Christmas or birthday parties, when you know you will be eating lots of food. You may need more HCL to digest larger quantities of food in the future, however, if you continue to get heartburn do not take it anymore.