Gut Disorders

Dr. Fox has completed studies in gut disorders and the gut-brain connection with ACNEM, and has authored the Ebook “Your Gut, Your Health, Your Yoga”. As a result, she has been extensively involved in treating gut disorders. Identifying the root cause of the issue is the first step in this process, which is often achieved through the use of functional pathology to assess PH levels, bacteria, parasites, and fungal infections in the large intestine, and bacterial overgrowth and infection in the small intestine and stomach. Additionally, food allergy and sensitivity testing is also available.

Effective treatment of gut disorders requires a holistic approach that includes regulation of gut bacteria, stress management, balancing gut PH, and determining the appropriate diet. Many clients mistakenly self-diagnose and use ad hoc treatments, along with intermittent dieting, which is not an optimal approach.


How To Test For Low Hydrochloric Acid (HCL)

These tablets contain 650mg of Betaine HCL 25mg Pepsin 1:10,000 Gentian root 20mg in a vegetarian capsule.

Day One

 To trial HCL capsules, take one capsule right before consuming a substantial sized lunch. If you experience heartburn or acid reflux after taking the capsule, discontinue the trial and take 1-2 teaspoons of bicarb soda in water to alleviate the symptoms.

Day Two

If no heartburn or reflux on Day One, then the next day trial taking two capsules before lunch.

Day Three

If no heartburn on two capsules of Day Two, then the next day trial taking three capsules before lunch.

If you are able to consume three capsules of Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) right before a substantial meal without experiencing heartburn or acid reflux, then it indicates that you have very low levels of HCL in your stomach. This can lead to poor nutrient absorption and fermentation of food in the small intestine, resulting in symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

How To Start?


Do the HCL test


If you get heartburn/indigestion on ONE HCL capsule then you know you have adequate amounts of HCL and do not need to take this product.


If you DO NOT get a symptom of heartburn or indigestion on this test then you should be supplementing HCL before each meal until you do get heartburn, then you stop supplementing the product once heartburn begins to take place. More is written below about this.

HCL – Hydrochloric Acid

 Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) is a highly acidic substance that is naturally produced in the stomach. A healthy stomach should have a pH of 1.5, which is so acidic that it is comparable to battery acid! HCL is the main component of food breakdown, in addition to mastication/chewing.

A sufficient amount of HCL is necessary for proper food breakdown and digestion. Inadequate levels of HCL result in incomplete food breakdown, leading to the transfer of partially undigested food to the intestines. The intestines then attempt to break down proteins and carbohydrates through the process of fermentation and putrefaction. In most individuals, this results in IBS, as the intestines must generate additional fermentable and putrefactive strains of bacteria to achieve this. Fermentable bacteria cause significant discomfort, gas, and bloating, whereas putrefactive bacteria produce foul-smelling gas and stool.

HCL is also responsible for nutrient absorption, including zinc. Zinc is a crucial nutrient for digestive health. Many Australians have low zinc levels due to its low concentration in Australian soil. If you discover that you are deficient in HCL, you may also be deficient in zinc. It is a good idea to have your serum zinc levels tested by your GP. If your serum zinc levels are less than 16, it is recommended to supplement zinc under the guidance of a trained clinician. A deficiency in zinc can lead to digestive issues, low immunity, low mood, fatigue, and hormonal imbalances. Zinc is a vital mineral that plays a role in numerous biochemical and physiological functions within the body.