Hydrochloric acid(HCL) is one of the main components of the stomach’s naturally produced gastric acid as a means of digesting fats and proteins. This acid can decrease with age and create digestion problems. If the stomach’s layer of protective mucus breaks down, the production of hydrochloric and gastric acids can burn the stomach’s lining, leading to ulcers. However, a more common problem is having too low levels of hydrochloric acid (called hypochlorhydria) because of a diet high in processed sugars, carbohydrates and foods made of dairy products. Symptoms such as bloating and gas may present after eating if its levels drop. Unfortunately, the symptoms of these two conditions are similar, but hypochlorhydria is very common in older adults. We can increase the level of hypochlorhydria by eating foods and supplements.
If this test confirms that the patient is unable to sufficiently secrete the acid, a physician may recommend a hydrochloric acid supplement. This course will typically be introduced gradually to prevent ulceration. People over the age of fifty may be helped by a supplement that is taken with meals to help food breakdown and utilization of nutrients. Chronic stress can also be a factor that causes its levels to decrease.
A hydrochloric acid supplement can come in a number of forms. Some of these can include HCL liquid, betaine HCL and glutamic HCL. Liquid HCL comes in a liquid form, whereas betaine HCL can come in a capsule form and glutamic in a powder form. It is recommended that a pepsin supplement be taken along with the HCL supplements. Pepsin is an enzyme that aids in digestion and is naturally occurring in the stomach.
Vinegar is one of the fastest remedies to supplement hydrochloric acid production. Between one and 10 teaspoons of vinegar in a glass of water can provide an immediate stimulation in the body’s HCL production–fast enough to help break down the meal you eat with the diluted vinegar.
Lemon juice has long been considered an excellent aid to digestive health, in part because of its ability to increase the body’s production of hydrochloric acid(CAS:7647-01-0). Lemon juice is also taken for its healthy effects on the gallbladder and richness in Vitamin C, making tit helpful in the body’s absorption of iron.
Celery is a low-calorie, healthy alternative to increase the amount of hydrochloric acid in the body, partly because of its ability to increase bile acid secretion (which can help to lower cholesterol). It is also a natural source of sodium, which is necessary for the body’s production of HCL.
Additionally, celery contains coumarins, which increases white blood cell activity and therefore heightens the immune system.