The Betaine and Pepsin Stomach Acid Challenge

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.  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.

  • Eat a meal that contains at least 15-20grams of protein (if you don’t know what this would be then eat a meal that contains a good amount of protein, think nuts, seeds, lentils, chickpeas)
  • Start by taking 1 pill (650mg or less) of Betaine HCL during the beginning of the meal.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stay there for another day and then try 3 pills.
  • Keep increasing the number of pills taken with each meal until you notice some GI discomfort described in step #3.
  • 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:

– 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)

– 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.

– If you have a lot of gastric distress, ulcers etc; then using betaine and pepsin may not be a good idea.  Speak with your health professional.

This information has been adapted from a health unlocked comment on a post, which seems to come from Stop The Thyroid Madness.

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