I have been suffering from chronic GERD (indigestion/ stomach acid) for ages. So my GP gave a script for a giant bottle of Gaviscon (the type that contains potassium hydrogen carbonate)
I took a dose and -oh my goodness - I had the worse acid attack I've had in years. I stupidly thought I hadn't taken enough so I took a second dose... well let's just say I lost a night's sleep right there. *facepalm*
Clearly hypochloridia is yet another thing my GP has no clue about. I swear, I should be charging the NHS a fee or something, because really.
So after a bit of research, I have ordered the following things online:
Betaine HCL + Pepsin (648mg HCL + 1:3000/ 165mg pepsin in a capsule)
Broad Spectrum Digestive enzymes
Gastrazyme (Vitamin U) and
Thirty minutes after my first dose of HCL my indigestion was gone. Last night we had a bit of a celebratory dinner and I pigged out on Chinese. Now normally that would kill me, but I took the enzymes and the HCL at the meal and I was fine.
Today I've only taken the Vitamin U and oregano and I can feel a bit of burning brewing.
So my question is: Has anyone else got some experience with HCL?
I read somewhere you have to let your stomach lining heal first before taking HCL/pepsin. I read somewhere else that the HCL heals the stomach. Also, dosages are a little vague.
Any advice would be very helpful!