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Old 09-11-2017, 14:23   #1
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A little over two months ago I started taking Betaine HCL to treat my gastroparesis problem. In another thread about gastroparesis smorgan posted this information, which I thought would address my case since I'm pretty sure it wasn't a diabetic complication. And I am in my 70s and most certainly am not producing enough stomach acid.

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[taking] Betaine HCL... directly and effectively addresses the problem - a shortage of hydrochloric acid. The acid in turn governs your own production of necessary digestive enzymes as well as tightly closing the sphincter between stomach and esophagus and properly opening the one that leads to the small intestine at the right time.
I am happy to say that the occurance of gastroparesis has greatly diminished, and these last couple weeks I haven't had any episode of it. I am taking one capsule of Betaine before almost every meal.

I have another issue that makes treating the gastroparesis/low stomach acid a balancing act. I was hoping the Bentaine would also address my acid reflux from a hyiatal hernia, but it's not shown any improvement. So I still have to take an antiacid at night for it (along with sleeping propped up) and occasionally during the day - but I try to wait at least 2 hours after eating so as to not slow down digestion.
It's definitely a balancing act.

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A little over two months ago I started taking Betaine HCL to treat my gastroparesis problem. In another thread about gastroparesis smorgan posted this information, which I thought would address my case since I'm pretty sure it wasn't a diabetic complication. And I am in my 70s and most certainly am not producing enough stomach acid.



I am happy to say that the occurance of gastroparesis has greatly diminished, and these last couple weeks I haven't had any episode of it. I am taking one capsule of Betaine before almost every meal.

I have another issue that makes treating the gastroparesis/low stomach acid a balancing act. I was hoping the Bentaine would also address my acid reflux from a hyiatal hernia, but it's not shown any improvement. So I still have to take an antiacid at night for it (along with sleeping propped up) and occasionally during the day - but I try to wait at least 2 hours after eating so as to not slow down digestion.
It's definitely a balancing act.
Great news. I hope it continues to get better. BTW, after taking it for a while (and being careful not to lie down too soon after eating), my slow digestion and reflux completely resolved and I didn't need it any more. Sorry, not trying to rub it in or anything that my problems are less serious than yours, but I read a lot of people having the same experience - just taking Betaine for a while and then not needing it.

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Great news. I hope it continues to get better. BTW, after taking it for a while (and being careful not to lie down too soon after eating), my slow digestion and reflux completely resolved and I didn't need it any more. Sorry, not trying to rub it in or anything that my problems are less serious than yours, but I read a lot of people having the same experience - just taking Betaine for a while and then not needing it.
Gives me hope. At least for the gastroparesis. But the hiatal hernia/acid reflux, not sure that will go away.

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