More on the Stomach Acid Connection – great post from The Paleo Mom

The Paleo Mom

Check out this post from one of my favorite bloggers, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne a/k/a the Paleo Mom, called The Stomach Acid Connection.  Sarah is a PhD in medical biophysics who began writing the blog in response to her own health problems.  She explains the science behind a lot of health dysfunction, and why certain approaches (like a Paleo-type diet) are helpful in improving health.  I like her because she is science-based and does a great job explaining highly scientific information to the average person … especially those of us who did not excel at biology (ahem!).

Taking Betaine HCL with Pepsin (an acidifier for the stomach) and digestive enzymes have helped improve my IBS-D symptoms over the last couple of months.  If you are having digestive problems, looking into the possibility that you have low stomach acid is a good idea.

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The Problem of Low Stomach Acid

I’ve written before that I am taking Betaine HCL with Pepsin as a digestive support supplement to address low stomach acid. This was recommended to me by my functional medicine doctor, as well as suggested in Aglaee Jacob’s book Digestive Health with Real Food.  I believe this supplement is making a real difference in my IBS-D symptoms.  I started taking it shortly after starting the elimination diet, and have noticed real improvement over the last couple of weeks.

I want to talk more about the problem that this supplement is meant to address — low stomach acid — and refer you to some good resources to help you decide if trying this supplement is right for you.

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Progress??? Dare I say it?

Well, here I am 4 days into Week 4 of my Elimination Diet.  If you’ve been reading the earlier posts, you know I am suffering from Post-Infectious IBS-D, and have been the entire year.  There hasn’t been a day I haven’t suffered diarrhea and usually multiple times, unless I’ve used immodium.  Until now.

Today, I did not make my normal morning visit(s) to the bathroom.  Nor did I at noon, or after work.  And here I sit at 10pm, and still no bowel movement.  I’m stunned.  I’m almost afraid to write it down for fear I will jinx myself.

I am not on immodium and I haven’t done anything new or different.  Just the same old Elimination Diet with supplements.

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What this blog is about…

Here I am, writing a blog for the first time.  Why?  A complete health meltdown in my mid-forties. While I have been struggling with my health for a while, my most recent and very significant health challenge is post-infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  I want to chronicle my story for anyone else who may be struggling with this or similar GI challenges.  I have found it so helpful to read the experiences of others, I hope telling my story can be helpful to someone else.  Right now, I have not found the solution, but I am learning why severe gut dysfunction happens and am not going to give up until I heal it.

Since early this year, I have suffered continuous diarrhea, fatigue, and brain fog.  I’ve had nearly every GI test known to man – some more than once – and the GI doctor concluded that my food-poisoning earlier this year has resulted in post-infectious IBS. Here’s how it all started:

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