The other night, after eating a Bolognese (no pasta) based meal I suffered terrible gastric bloating with severe pain. I hadn’t had this condition for 8 months or more. I realise the reason for it was the fact that the meal was not cooked enough. I had cooked the ingredients in the crock pot for only 2 hours, which may sound fine, and if it had been cooked on the stove would have been plenty, but the crock pot is a slow cooker, and the onions were still under cooked. I took a Betaine HCL with Pepsin, and ate the meal whilst hoping for the best.
The effects were noticed within a few minutes after finishing the meal, but got steadily worse. After about an hour or so, the pain was unbearable. I decided to take a Ranitidine (Wind Settlers brand). One tablet was not having any effect after 30 minutes, so I took another one. After another hour or so, the pain subsided.
Feeling deflated after having taken these pills, after all a drug is a drug, and if i’m going to heal my gut effectively – I need to steer clear. I then wondered just what was in them that made these little pills so potent. According to Wikipedia;
Ranitidine (trade name Zantac) is a histamine H2-receptor antagonist that inhibits gastric acid production.
Okay, so this drug stops gastric acid production. Thus, the bloating eventually dissipates which causes the pain to subside. As the official name for this drug is Ranitidine Hydrochloride, I wondered whether there was any similarity to Betaine Hydrochloride. Apparently, Betaine HCL, although containing Hydrochloric acid, it’s effectiveness in achieving the claims used by it’s promoters are limited to just anecdotal comments. So, there is no scientific evidence that Betaine HCL does what the promoters say. Which is a stark contrast to Ranitidine HCL, where there is a raft of scientific research. It appears that apart from the name, there is no similarity in these two drugs. I call them both drugs because even though Betaine HCL is supposedly plant based, it is processed in a laboratory.
I am a little confused as to my stomach acid, as at times it feels as though I do not have enough, and other’s it feels like maybe too much, as it happened the other night. I have been led to believe from lots of articles I have read about Betaine HCL, that it will increase the amount of acid in your gut, and therefore you will digest food easier. However, the intense bloating I suffered from seems to have been caused by too much acid, as gaining relief from Ranitidine HCL would suggest this. Ranitidine HCL neutralises stomach acid.
Maybe the problem I have with my gut is because my Secretin hormone is not working correctly. This would make sense, as generally my stomach is not producing enough acid, so I do not digest food properly, but occasionally I will eat something that reacts badly, and acid is produced in abundance – thus bloating. This is different to my previous thoughts, as I believed the bloating was due to fermentation.
I will have to conduct more research on this subject. There are of course various other ways I can test this theory, with options of introducing Bicarbonate of Soda, or Potassium Sorbate at the appropriate times.