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After further testing, I have discovered that Betaine HCL is effective against bloating.
I developed a case of bloating more severe than normal, so I mixed up a teaspoon of Baking Soda with some warm water, and drank it quickly. There was no noticeable change in symptoms after 15 minutes, so I made some more and drank that too. The symptoms did not subside, but wern’t severe enough to warrant any medication, so I carried on, and eventually the bloating subsided.
The next day I had a similar episode, so to further my testing, I swallowed a Betaine HCL with Pepsin capsule. Within a few minutes, the bloating started dissipating.
This suggests to me that the bloating is due to fermentation because of too little acid, as the extra acid ingested must be neutralising. With no effect from the Baking Soda, my thoughts are reinforced of my stomach being already Alkalised.
I got an attack of heartburn the other night (18th May) after a curry at an Indian restaurant. This is the first heartburn I have had experienced in a few months. Of course, I asked the waiter if they used wheat in their curry’s, and he replied no, “all made from scratch”. I did not eat any Naan bread, and I was assured the popadoms were made from Gram flour. There was a starter which consisted of Pakoras, which were coated in Gram again, so everything checked out okay.
I love curry, and usually have at least one per week, I mainly eat my own, which I make from scratch. With my own curry, I never get heartburn, I may occasionally get burpy, but that is the case for most foods. To try and relieve the heart burn, I decided to try Bicarbonate of Soda mixed with Ascorbic acid. I mixed about half a teaspoon of each with some water and went to bed. Surprisingly, this seemed to work, and I had a fairly good nights sleep.
I suspect that there was wheat in the meal somewhere, as this type of gastric distress reminded me of how I used to feel after eating toast late at night.
My opinion is that bloating is caused by too little acid, but heartburn is caused by too much acid. I get the same burning sensation in the throat if I take a Betaine and let in sit in my mouth for too long, and swallow. I can feel the acid going down.
I do not need to take Ranitidine these days, as I have other more natural remedies to use in order to combat occasional bouts of extreme stomach distress. These attacks generally occur from eating whilst out and about. You just do not know what you’re eating unless it is prepared by yourself. People will lie to you, from restaurant staff to food manufacturers.