How to Test for Low Stomach Acid & Supplement
with Betaine HCI
This test is useful for assessing the integrity of the
stomach lining and the amount of Hydrochloric Acid
(HCI) produced by the stomach. Betaine HCI is a
stomach acid supplement. The body responds to
acid supplementation by producing more acid of its
own. Following the full program will help teach your
body how to produce it’s own acid.
Each person will have a specifi c initial supplementary
Betaine HCI dosage, use the blow method to
- Eat a complete meal containing at least 15-20
grams of protein (eg. 4-6 ounces of meat or other
protein). Start by taking 1 capsule (500mg) of Betaine
HCI during the beginning of that meal.
- Observe your body for the next 15 minutes or
until the meal is fi nished. Look for gentle burning
(heat) in the throat/chest, or a slight pain or
heaviness in the upper stomach region, below the
- Increase the number of caps at the protein meal
y 1 per day, until you reach the fi rst sign of discomfort
as described in step #2.
- When this happens, the ideal Betaine HCI dosage
is 1 capsule less. For example, if you felt the
discomfort going from 4 caps to 5 caps, then 4 caps
is the proper dosage for a normal meal.
- Do not exceed 5 capsules per meal, even if you
are not experiencing burning.
- Continue with this does until it too begins to
cause burning. Once this does causes burning,
reduce the dose by 1 capsule and continue with
- Reduce the does by 1 capsule every time burning
occurs until you no longer require the Betaine HCI.
- Small meals or snacks do not require as many
Betaine HCI capsules as large meals. (for a small
snack, such as a piece of fruit, you won’t need any
- If you forget to take your Betaine HCI capsules,
the will still be effective if taken 2 hours or more
- As digestion improves, the amount of HCI
supplements will be lowered until fi nally a person
wouldn’t require them any longer unless under
extreme stress or in times of overeating.
CAUTION: Do not use Betaine HCI if you have
diffi culty swallowing, gastric ulcers, esophageal
damage, or a nervous system condition that may
prevent you from feeling a burning sensation.
People that are “high risk” shouldn’t take Betaine
HCI without supervision or if consuming any antiinfl
ammatory drugs (ie: corticosteroids, aspirin,
indocid, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or other NSAIDs).
These drugs can damage the
GI lining and supplementing
with HCI could aggravate it,
increasing the risks of bleeding
RoseMarie Pierce, B. Sc.
Pharm, earned her degree
in Pharmacy from Dalhousie
University in 1972. After
extensive studies in herbal
and nutritional medicine,
RoseMarie integrated these
disciplinary practises with her
pharmacy education to become
Canada’s fi rst Holistic