HCl Protocol

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 in Staff Favorites | 0 comments

betaine hclIf you made it out to our seminar with Bruce Topping about digestive health, you’ll know he talked a lot about Betaine Hydrochloride, or HCl, and how it can help to level out stomach acid production.

Bruce was kind enough to find this article for us, perfectly articulating the protocol of using HCl and how it can help to rebuild your gut.

Here are some important excerpts from this article:

How to Figure Out Your Betaine HCL Dose
Each person will have a specific supplementary HCL dosage. Unfortunately, there isn’t a special formula I can give you to figure it out. This is a case of trial and error until you get to the correct dosage. Failing to get to your correct dosage can remove the benefits of supplementing.

You must find the right dosage for you situation. If you fail to do the trial and error you’re wasting your time and money.

This is a very common problem we see with our readers. Remember, the stomach is purposely built to handle extreme acid environments. If your correct dosage is 2400mg and you’re only taking 1200mg, you’re not really doing your stomach any favors. You must follow the process below to figure out the right dosage to get the maximum benefit.

  1. Eat a meal that contains at least 15-20grams of protein (about 4-6ounces of meat).
  2. Start by taking 1 pill (650mg or less) of Betaine HCL during the beginning of the meal.
  3. Finish the meal as normal and observe your body for any changes in feeling associated with the stomach and belly button area.  Things to look for: heaviness, hotness, burning, or other GI distress.
  4. Stay at this dosage of 1 pill for another day of meals with protein and if you don’t notice anything on the 3rd day, try 2 pills.
  5. Stay there for another day and then try 3 pills.
  6. Keep increasing the number of pills taken with each meal until you notice some GI discomfort described in step #3.
  7. When this happens, you will know your ideal Betaine HCL dosage is 1 pill less. For example, if you felt the discomfort going from 5 pills to 6 pills, then 5 pills is your proper dosage for a normal meal.

A Couple Points to Clarify:

  1. –  If you eat a snack or a meal without much protein, you won’t need as much Betaine HCL (for a small snack like a piece of fruit you won’t need any at all)
  2. – When you experience the GI discomfort finding your correct dosage, you can mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda in 8oz of water and drink it to help lessen the pain.
  3. – 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).
  4. – If you have low stomach acid and you can’t supplement with Betaine HCL, there’s a few natural methods to help with symptoms. Start by taking a shot of lemon juice or vinegar before a meal to help the symptoms of indigestion. But know that these don’t actually help the digestion of food only the symptoms. A supplement that can help the digestion is digestive bitters.

I Need to Take How Many Betaine HCL Pills
It’s very common for people to stop short of their needed Betaine HCL dosage. In fact, in the beginning I was nervous about taking 6 pills at a meal. But trust me. there is nothing to worry about.

Dr. Wright reports that the common Betaine HCL dosage range in his clinical practice is 3,250-4,550mg per meal.

That means there are also plenty of people who need above 5,000mg for an effective dosage.
Remember, a normal functioning stomach is capable of producing and handling extreme acid ranges. If your dosage starts getting extremely high without any GI distress (step #3), you must use your GI symptoms as a guide instead. These include burping, bloating, farting, and stool consistency. Keep everything else the same in your diet as you wait for these indicators to change for the better. Just because you can take 20 pills, doesn’t mean you should. It could be that at 11 pills all of your problems disappear. For this group of people try to find the minimum dose needed to help your GI symptoms and for Pete’s sake go get more testing to figure out what is going on!

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Rebuild Your Gut Seminar Recap

Rebuild Your Gut Seminar Recap

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 in Staff Favorites | 0 comments

gastrointestinal tractA little over a week ago we held our first free seminar of the year on “Rebuilding Your Gut.” Our speaker Bruce Topping basically rocked it. I think everyone who attended (and we were thrilled with the turnout of 200 or so people) learned just how
important the microbiome- the evolving collection of trillions of microbial organisms living in and on the body- is to overall health.

Bruce reiterated what many of us already knew- that probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that help us digest food, utilize nutrients, and fight infection. However I learned some fascinated new bits such as gut bacteria assisting in converting inactive thyroid hormone (T4) into the active form (T3.) In fact nearly 20 percent of T4 is converted in the GI tract so an unhealthy gut could have a noticeably negative impact on thyroid function. While Bruce certainly emphasized how important probiotic supplementation is to achieving healthy digestion and immunity, he also mentioned some other supplements as well as foods that will aid in the gut rebuilding process. kombucha
For instance Betaine HCL supplementation (5-9 500mg pills a day for a month to be precise) can help reestablish stomach acidity which is essential for keeping the digestive system in good working order. We need adequate acidity in the stomach to synchronize the timing of
digestion (make sure stomach is emptied in a timely manner to prevent reflux), kill harmful pathogens we accidentally ingest, and assimilate minerals such as calcium and magnesium just to name a few.

Some other helpful tips included ingesting “resistant starches” such as organic potatoes (baked or boiled), plantains, and greenish bananas as these foods are “prebiotics” or food for the beneficial bacteria in our gut. Bruce advised to slowly introduce such foods to avoid gas and bloating.

While these were some interesting highlights, here’s Bruce’s full list of the “4 R’s” for rebuilding your gut:

Step 1: Remove Digestive Irritants: These include wheat/flour, sugar, and corn syrup.

Step 2: Re-Inoculate Your Gut: Make cultured foods at home, eat resistant starch, and take probiotics.

Step 3: Replace Acids and Enzymes: Take Betaine HCL to replace stomach acid and take a full potency enzyme supplement at the end of each meal.

Step 4: Repairing the Gut with: bone stock soup, L-Glutamine powder, okra, blueberries, Vitamin A, slippery elm, marshmallow root, red raspberry, and ginger.

Many of these products are available at Nature’s Outlet and your local farmer’s market. Give us a call at (540) 989-5109 if you have any questions and best of luck rebuilding your gut!

John A. Rigdon
Nature’s Outlet Educator


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Favorite Brain Support

Favorite Brain Support

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 in Staff Favorites | 0 comments

Jake’s favorite product for brain support


Irwin Naturals Brain Awake

“Great product for energy, focus, and attention! Begins working within 30 minutes.”

From Irwin Naturals:

Brain Awake™* can help maximize your thinking power!* This product is scientifically formulated to boost brain function and mental performance.* It delivers key ingredients that have been shown to:

  • Promote focus and mental clarity*
  • Enhance performance on cognitive tasks*
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  • Increase feelings of energy*
  • Unlike many products that give you a short-term boost at the expense of long-term jitters and fatigue, Brain Awake™* delivers powerful brain-boosters AND supportive nutrients that calm and nourish the central nervous system.*

This balanced brain support product is ideal for students and working professionals… but is suitable for anyone that wants to optimize performance and productivity.* Use this product daily or as needed to enhance cognitive abilities.*

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Favorite Bone Support

Favorite Bone Support

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 in Staff Favorites | 0 comments

Whitney’s favorite product for bone support

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Bone Strength

New Chapter Bone Strength Take Care

“For women at high risk for osteoperosis, this is a plant-based calcium that your body can actually ingest and apply to rebuilding bones without clogging your systems!”

From New Chapter:

Many people think that all calcium supplements are created equal. The truth is that the most common form of calcium supplement today is derived from limestone or rock. We don’t eat rocks as part of our balanced diet, so why would we choose to supplement our bone health nutritional needs with limestone?

Our bodies understand and seek whole food sources of nutrition. That’s why New Chapter formulated Bone Strength Take Care with a whole-food plant source of calcium, magnesium, and other important trace minerals.

The calcium complex in Bone Strength Take Care is derived from a specific plant form called Lithothamnion Calcareum, sustainably harvested from pristine shores along the Icelandic coastline. Much like organic vegetables, this sea plant is allowed to mature naturally and then sustainably harvested to deliver its optimal nutritional value.

Calcium must be completely dissolved in order to be absorbed. The plant-based calcium found in Bone Strength Take Care grows in a honeycomb structure and is extremely porous, which dramatically increases the calcium’s surface area. Stomach acid can then come into greater contact with the calcium, making it easy to dissolve. Calcium carbonate sourced from limestone has a much smaller, rocky surface area and is more difficult to dissolve.

New Chapter Website

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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