The process of restoring the low stomach acid has a few key steps yet can be quite lengthy.
1. Heal the mucosal lining
2. Focus on foods rich in zinc and vitamins B1, B6 and B12
3. Take betaine, pepsin and other digestive enzymes, if needed
Let me explain why starting from the last step, which is often done by most people, is not the best way.
One of the most common supplements recommended to fix the low stomach acid is betaine hydrochloride. However, you would first need to determine the exact number of capsules that you will take with your meals. Even if you might have heard about so-called HCl challenge protocols in which you focus on determining the number of capsules of betaine HCl after which you experience warmth in your tummy, this method does not take into account one important thing – the state of your stomach’s mucosal lining.
The point is that a highly damaged mucosal layer will lead you to experience warmth even after a short boost in stomach acid content. This means that if you feel warmth after 1-2 capsules of betaine HCl, it is rather a sign of mucosal damage than a sufficient level of stomach acid. If that’s the case, then you would first need to restore your mucosal lining with a specific mucosal soothing protocol to prevent further damage after you begin taking betaine HCl.
While things like digestive enzymes and betaine HCl are used to replace what is missed, there are tools that can help retrain the digestive tract to perform the functions it is designed to do.
Digestive bitters are a wonderful herbal complex not only for dealing with low stomach acid, but also for improving other aspects of the digestion process.
- Improves bile flow used for the initial breakdown of fats
- Promotes digestive enzymes production
- Supports healthy blood sugar levels
- Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Reduces symptoms of gut issues including gas, bloating, nausea, and pain
Digestive bitters is a holistic tool that can be used alongside specific dietary recommendations. Lastly, we have taste buds for a reason, so making use of them can make a big difference to gut health.
In the next article, I’ll be sharing the simple yet powerful habit that can make a true difference to your digestive health. Stay tuned!