HCl: You Are What You Assimilate!By Charles Poliquin

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  1. grimstone

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    Q: Besides zinc and magnesium, what other deficiencies do those of us seeking muscle and performance need to worry about?

    A: The most common one, which actually causes zinc and magnesium deficiency, is hydrochloric acid (HCl) deficiency.

    Back when I was an undergrad many moons ago, they used to tell us that you lose about 1% stomach acid per year after the age of 40. Well, that's not true anymore because our high stress levels these days decrease HCl. We did a study at our Chicago facility where we gave 160 clients an HCl test. Only two people passed it with a medium score; 158 had a horrendous score.

    If there's insufficient hydrochloric acid, proteins will pass into the intestine and putrefy instead of being digested. Carbohydrates will also be left to ferment without adequate digestive enzymes from the pancreas. Fat digestion is also dependent on the acid's influence on the pancreas to secrete lipase and the gall bladder to secrete bile. Poor digestion of these macronutrients means poor absorption of our basic energy sources.

    Over the last four years, I've been amazed how a correction in HCl deficiency has led to not only dramatic improvements in physique and strength, but also improvements in a variety of health parameters. Interestingly enough, in strength-trained individuals those improvements are often associated with gains of 15 to 18 pounds of lean body mass within two months! Why? They are now absorbing proteins and minerals.

    Here are a few of the symptoms of low stomach acid:

    belching or gas within one hour of a meal
    bloating shortly after eating
    bad breath
    loss of taste for meat
    nausea after taking supplements
    brittle fingernails
    undigested food in stool
    foul-smelling stools
    stomach pain
    desire to skip meals
    estrogen buildup
    acne rosacea
    depression

    In the US, many experts estimate the deficiency to be in the range of 40 to 50%. Some gastroenterologists are now advancing that it is today's most under-diagnosed ailment.

    There are a variety of medical tests you can get, but here's a simple test you can do at home (but I suggest you talk to a physician qualified in nutritional medicine before you try it). It requires a bottle of Betaine HCl, at 200 mg potency per capsule. Here's how it's performed:

    Step 1: Have a high-protein solid meal (no shakes). Let's say for illustration purposes a 12-ounce steak and vegetables.

    Step 2: Eat half the protein, roughly 6 ounces of the steak.

    Step 3: Swallow a 200mg capsule of HCl.

    Step 4: Eat the other half of the steak and the vegetables.

    Step 5: Wait 15 minutes.

    Step 6: If your stomach acid is normal, you'll feel like you just drank a hot cup of tea or feel a burn. If you feel nothing, you need HCl as a supplement.

    So what do you do next? At every meal repeat steps 1 to 6, upping the dose one capsule per meal until you feel the burning sensation. So if it takes five meals to get a burning sensation, you need on average four capsules per meal. If you get to seven capsules and you have no burning, stop the test — you're achloridic, meaning you have almost no stomach acid!

    At our Phoenix center alone we've been doing over 250 tests a year for the last four years, and in that time I've never seen one person not need at least one capsule; the average person tested could feel it after five capsules. You're getting better when you start feeling a burn at your initial determined dosage. For example, if you found that five capsules was your initial need, you may find that three days later it starts to burn, so then you'd cut back to four capsules with a typical high-protein solid meal, and so on.

    Most people achieve normal levels within eight weeks even when they start at seven capsules, but some individuals take as much as 18 months. I have two clients who need two caps a day permanently. Why? Because neither one will ever escape their stress levels (one of them is a real estate mogul and the other is a highly accomplished author).

    Make sure that your HCl product also contains the probiotic pepsin and the digestive enzymes papain and pancreatin, as they have a synergistic effect with HCl therapy. (You can acquire my version of this product by contacting [email protected].)

    In addition to the above HCl protocols, here are a few other suggestions to normalize your stomach acid levels. First, avoid carbonated drinks.

    Second, avoid all-you-can-eat buffets, as they're America's leading source of food-borne pathogens. Finally, there are numerous herbs that can contribute to raising HCl, such as gentian, peppermint, and ginger, but be aware that very few controlled studies exist on this topic.

    I believe this is so important that my clients aren't given a supplement program until they get an HCl test. Remember, not only are you what you eat, you are what you assimilate!
     
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    interesting
     
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    good read, I am a big proponent of digestive enzymes, but I've never actually used an HCl supple mint. May try the test just for fun.
     
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    do it and get back with us this has me interested because i have been bloating after EVERY meal so i might fall under this category
     
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    i just bought some hcl it was pretty cheap s i will see if it helps any
     
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    let us know
     
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    grimstone is right, it's going to be pretty cheap to get enzymes or HCl, could be picked up at any hippie health food establishment.

    I used to use enzymes a couple times a week, but I ran out and never re-upped. Maybe time to do so.
     
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    Any recommended brands?
     
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    I just went to my nearest whole foods :keke: and picked up their store brand of enzymes and Nature's Life Betaine HCl

    will try the OP test tomorrow



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    pretty interesting, I may order some
     
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    i'm interested... waiting to hear results from some of you.
     
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    i think its per meal not counting protein shakes
     
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    I think it's per meal


    the reason you feel the burn is obviously acid reflux indegestion, so they want you to find out how many pills it takes to cause this, then take one less than that. I think that this would be one of those things that may be different based on the acidity of your meals, previous days activity, and a handful of other factors. No one specific formula will provide the desired results for all of us, so anybody who does this please update here. I am going to try later today, I don't want to experiment pre-workout
     
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    my brother has just been diagnosed with acid reflux and hes 20. hes pretty bummed out. think this could be a potential "cure" for him?
     
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    if I'm not mistaken, acid reflux can be cause be either too much acid production, or a weak valve at the top of the stomach. Mild reflux occurs for most people while lying down, since the stomach is designed to be in a vertical position while eating. Lying down on your back or your side allows the contents of your stomach to rest against the valve and possibly leak into your esophogus.


    having said all that, I would look into getting some form of ginger, either in a capsule form or in a pure ginger chew (like a candy but real ginger) or you can suggest an activated charcoal product which can also ease the acid buildup.

    I avoid using OTC indegestion products as much as possible, and I use either green tea or ginger personally.
     
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    i think the doc has my brother on acid reflux prescription drugs.. is that condition for the rest of his life? fucking thing sucks hes pretty bummed out

    hes bummed out becauase the doctor said he has to eat small meals and hes trying to gain weight
     
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    If spending all this time in F&N has taught us anything, it's that not all MDs give the best advice, more so if you are into fitness. I'm not saying he's wrong, he's the one with the degree in medicine, but...


    if he really gives a shit you should tell him to try to find a naturapathic doctor who could give him a second hippie opinion, they will take a more natural approach and try to find the cause rather than give him a prescription, because we all know pharmaceuticals solve everything :coolugh:
     
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    ok i will pass this on to him thanks
     
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    DGL is good for your stromach too, it's very soothing. (De-glycerized licorice)
     
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    yep, I forgot to mention that, good call
     
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    update:

    tested HCl supple mint

    meal was 12oz chicken breast, 12oz whole grain pasta

    ate 6oz of chicken, took 350mg HCl tablet, finished meal

    Even without waiting the 15 minutes, I can already feel a little warmth in my guts. Not exactly a "burning sensation" but oddly enough the hot tea analogy seems more correct. So based on test number one, I may not need to use HCl on a frequent basis. I will try again tomorrow with a different meal to see if that changes anything.
     
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    more supps to take. :o
     
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