GUT DISORDERS

After completing studies in gut disorders and the gut brain connection with ACNEM and writing the Ebook “Your Gut, your Health, Your Yoga” Dr. Fox has been inundated with treating gut disorders. Getting to the root cause of the problem is the first task at hand. Functional pathology is often used to establish what is taking place in the large intestine, small intestine and stomach in regards to PH, bacteria, parasites and fungal infections. Food allergy and sensitivity testing is also offered.

Regulating gut bacteria, stress management, balancing gut pH and finding the right diet is essential in treating all gut disorders. Self diagnosis and ad hoc treatment alongside intermittent dieting is a common a misnomer with many clients.

The gut is treated as a whole, mouth/teeth, stomach, pancreas, small intestine and large intestine to eradicate digestive disorders.

Bacterial, fungal overgrowth and parasitic load can all be addressed either as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunct with your G.P.

How to test for low hydrochloric acid (HCL)

These tablets contain 650mg of Betaine HCL 25mg Pepsin 1:10,000
Gentian root 20mg in a vegetarian capsule

Day one – Take one HCL capsule right before eating lunch. This should be a substantial sized meal.
If you experience heartburn at any stage after taking these tablets then stop the trial and take 1-2 tsp of bicarb soda in water to stop the heartburn or acid reflux.

Day Two – If no heartburn or reflux then take two capsules before lunch

Day Three – No heartburn on two capsules then take three capsules before lunch.

If you make it to three capsules you have very low levels of HCL and may not be absorbing nutrients and may be fermenting your food in your small intestine, causing IBS symptoms.

HCL – Hydrochloric Acid is naturally made in the stomach and is highly acidic. A healthy stomach should have a Ph of 1.5, knowing that a neutral Ph is 7 we know that this is so acidic that its similar to battery acid! This acid, HCL, is the main component of food break down, other than mastication/chewing.

Adequate amounts of HCL is needed for competent break down of food and digestion. If you are low in HCL you will not be breaking down your food properly which means that the food gets sent partially undigested to the intestines. The intestines then try to break down your proteins and carbohydrates via the process of fermentation and putrefaction. The intestines will have to generate more fermentable and putrefactive strains of bacteria to do this; this is what causes IBS in most people. Fermentable bacteria cause a lot of pain, gas and bloating. Putrefactive bacteria will also cause gas and foul-smelling gas and stool.

HCL is also responsible for the absorption of nutrients, like zinc. Zinc is a major nutrient involved in digestive health. Many Australians have low zinc as it is low in Australian soil. If you found you are low in HCL, you may also be low in zinc. It’s a good idea to test your serum zinc with your G.P. If your zinc is below a serum of 16, it is a good idea to supplement under the supervision of a trained clinician. Low zinc status can lead to digestive complaints, low immunity, low mood, fatigue and hormonal imbalance. Zinc is an extremely important mineral and is involved in many biochemical and physiological functions within the body.

HOW TO START:

  • Do the HCL test
  • If you get heartburn/indigestion on ONE HCL capsule then you know you have adequate amounts of HCL and do not need to take this product.
  • If you DO NOT get a symptom of heartburn or indigestion on this test then you should be supplementing HCL before each meal until you do get heartburn, then you stop supplementing the product once heartburn begins to take place. More is written below about this.

HOW MANY TO TAKE AFTER THE TEST?

If you do not get heartburn on one capsule but you get heartburn on two capsules then take one before each meal until you begin to get heartburn on one capsule then stop supplementing.

If you do not get heartburn on two capsules then take two capsules before each meal, unless it’s just a light snack, salad or soup, then you may just decide to take one capsule. Once you get heartburn on two capsules drop down to one capsule.

If you do not get heartburn on three capsules then you should be taking three capsules before each meal unless it’s just a light snack, salad or soup, then you may just decide to take one or two capsules. Once you get heartburn on three capsules drop down to two capsules. Once you get heartburn on two capsules drop to one, until you get heartburn on one capsule.

ONCE I GET HEARTBURN ON ONE HCL CAPSULE DO I STOP SUPPLEMENTING WITH HCL ALLTOGETHER?

Over time your levels of HCL will build up and you will no longer need this product for everyday use. Once you get heartburn/indigestion on ONE HCL capsule then you know you have adequate amounts of HCL and you may stop supplementing it every day.

You may choose to use HCL only for large meals, eating out, fatty meals or special eating days like Christmas or birthday parties, when you know you will be eating lots of food. You may need more HCL to digest larger quantities of food in the future, however, if you continue to get heartburn do not take it anymore.

 

 

 

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