As we get older, we become increasingly likely to suffer from stomach acid deficiency. This leads to symptoms such as indigestion, heartburn, belching, and bloating. In fact, it’s estimated that ¾ people in the US alone struggle with stomach acid deficiency, with 20% of people worldwide suffering from GERD, which is an advanced progression of acid reflux. However, the mainstream advice on treating this issue is completely contradictory to the actual cause and can actually make things worse. Conventional treatment suggests drugs that are developed to block acid production, which is the very last thing you should be doing if you are lacking in stomach acid!
It’s often hard to pinpoint exactly what has caused your low stomach acid, but things like stress, overconsumption of processed foods, antibiotics, and candida, are often to blame. Age is also a very obvious factor.
How Acid Reflux Works
When you’re experiencing acid reflux due to low stomach acid, it’s caused by an issue with the valve at the top of your stomach called the LES (lower esophageal sphincter). This value opens up so that food can come through and then your body starts making acid to help you break down and digest the food. When everything is working smoothly, the valve then closes so that the food doesn’t start going back up your esophagus causing issues such as heartburn. The important thing to note here is that the valve is triggered to close by the HCL made by your body, so guess what happens if you aren’t producing enough HCL? The sphincter valve stays partially open, food starts making its way upwards, and you start to experience acid reflux.
Proton-pump inhibitors do nothing to resolve this problem. Instead of working to close the sphincter muscle, they reduce the amount of acid in your stomach instead. That’s right; you’re experiencing acid reflux because of a lack of stomach acid, and PPIs claim to work by further reducing the acid you produce. And this is why so many people across the world are on PPIs for years with absolutely no reduction in their acid reflux symptoms.
What is Betaine Hydrochloride (HCL) and How Does it Work?
HCL is a chemical compound and nutritional supplement that’s also produced in your body. It has been used for over 100 years to optimize gut functioning and restore your stomach acid back to a normal level. It can benefit people suffering from a diverse range of issues from indigestion and heartburn, to candida and skin conditions related to poor nutrient absorption.
The main benefits of HCL are:
- Stimulates the secretion of pepsin to help your body digest protein.
- Inhibits the overgrowth of candida to prevent infections.
- Stimulates the release of pancreatic enzymes to aid the digestion of fats and carbohydrates.
- Stops harmful bacteria from entering the body via food by destroying it with the stomach acid produced.
- Increases nutrient absorption.
- Regulates gastric emptying and motility.
So what can you do to increase the acid and therefore HCL in your stomach? Well, there are a multitude of reasons behind why your body isn’t producing enough HCL, but the most important thing to remember is that your body NEEDS stomach acid and HCL to digest food properly. So you need to get the idea that PPIs are the holy grail of acid reflux solutions out of your head. If your stomach isn’t producing enough acid then your digestion just isn’t working; your food isn’t getting properly broken down, you’re not going to absorb the nutrients you need from that food and you’re going to start experiencing all kinds of deficiencies as a result. Then, when your body isn’t getting what it needs, it’ll start breaking down your own tissues instead and – well – you’ll basically start eating yourself.
HCL supplements work by replenishing the HCL that should already be in your stomach. This will lead to an increased production of stomach acid and encourage your sphincter muscle to close properly after you eat, stopping acid reflux from occurring in the first place. There is a lot of research that shows that Betaine HCL significantly adjusts the stomach acid content to an appropriate level for optimal digestion. And, in combination with a diet rich in complex carbs, antioxidants, and healthy fats, adding a HCL supplement to your diet will also help you to get your stomach acid levels back to a healthy level.
This is why the Acid Management Kit that we have developed at Terra Health Essentials contains HCL with pepsin as a primary ingredient. Pepsin is an enzyme that assists with protein digestion to give your body even more help with the breakdown and absorption of key nutrients. In addition, ingredients such as Slippery Elm Bark coats the lining of the esophagus and works to soothe your gut and alleviate the burning sensation caused by acid reflux. This kit is NOT something you’ll have to take for life. Our goal is to encourage your body to start making enough HCL on its own so that you can gradually reduce your intake down to zero or at least a very minimal dose as needed.
A Long-Term Solution to Your Discomfort
We know that acid reflux is very hard to live with on a daily basis. And if you’ve been taking PPIs for years without results, you’re not alone. It’s normal to trust in what the medical community promotes as the answer to your symptoms. Thankfully, the research is catching up now, and more and more people are starting to realize the benefits of HCL and that the true root cause of acid reflux is often due to deficiency rather than overproduction.
Once you start treatment with our Acid Management Kit, you’ll become less reliant on prescription medication and be able to treat your body naturally to restore your digestive health back to 100%.
To get you started, we’re offering all of our readers 30% off the Acid Management Kit using the code: BetaineHCL30. This offer is available for a limited time only so make sure you pick up your kit ASAP!