3 Tips for Fixing a Broken Stomach

by Jordan Reasoner

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A year into the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I’d feel good for a few days… but then I’d be stuck on the toilet again. It was SO frustrating, especially since I knew I could feel A LOT better. And I definitely wasn’t anywhere near my “feel good zone.” I was convinced my stomach was broken and wouldn’t ever work right.

So, what did I do next?

I did what any good Health Engineer would do: spend weeks researching how digestion works. And it turned out the next tweak made all the difference in the world. I started taking a supplement that finally turned my digestion around.

In fact, taking 6 of these pills with every protein heavy meal literally “fixed” my digestion. Between you and me, I don’t think I would’ve made it much longer without it. It was exactly what I needed to get over those miserable OFF days. As it turned out, it had everything to do with stomach acid.

Did You Know Stomach Acid Is Good for You?

Thanks to our current society, most of us have horrible stomach acid production and that means a “broken” digestive process.

Things like stress, processed junk food, and the rampant use of Proton-Pump Inhibitors (Prilosec), antacids, NSAIDs, inflammation, and autoimmunity create a recipe for low stomach acid…

… without it, you’ll never absorb nutrients like B12, iron, copper, zinc, folic acid, and calcium.

… without it, your immune system will constantly fight pathogens your stomach acid was supposed to kill.

… without it, you’ll never get rid of painful stomach problems.

In fact, if you’re struggling to digest meat (especially red meat), or suffering from gas, bloating, and GERD, you most likely have low stomach acid. Stomach acid is the 1st step in the delicate ballet of digestion, so it’s very important to get it right or the whole process will be “broken.”

The quick fix for low stomach acid?

Here Are 3 Ways to Address Your Stomach Acid Levels Right Now…

Good: While eating protein heavy meals, sip on a glass of water that has the juice of half a lemon and 3 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar and acidic lemon juice can help aid in digestion of the proteins.

Better: Naturally increase your own stomach acid production with a botanical supplement like digestive bitters.

Best: Supplement with Betaine HCL.

Betaine HCL is the supplement that fixed my broken digestive system. It completely eliminated the loose stools plaguing me, even after months of eating a really strict diet.

If you think you might have low stomach acid, please try one of these three options as soon as possible. It might be the one thing you’ve been hoping for…

In fact, here’s a few comments from people in our community that tried Betaine HCL:

“Then, through more of your teaching and the Advanced SCD course you offered, I learned of the supplements & Betaine HCl!! I started really low, being on Prednisone (and not being able to come off for years), so I kept a close watch on my reactions – can be really scary side effects with that combination. But this really helped to bring my symptoms under control, and now I am off of ALL my meds. – Prednisone, Remicade, etc… I haven’t felt this good and confident in over 15-20 YEARS!! Not worried about where the nearest toilet is.” – Myrle

“Taking Betaine HCL has been a key to healing on SCD since I have serious GERD (Acid Reflux). Like Myrle, I also have not seen it mentioned in Breaking the Vicious cycle book or website, but SCD would not be working for me without it. I owe so much to Steve and Jordan who encouraged me to stop my dependance on the Prilosec, start Betaine HCL and to not be afraid to get to my appropriate dosage. I take about 9 NOW pills, which I buy through Amazon as I can’t find them in stores.” – Maureen

“Hi Steven, I recently started supplementing with HCL and it’s been life changer to me. Now I have a lot of energy and my moods are better.” – Andres

“I would like to add I saw a naturopath one time that just told me to have apple cider vinegar with the mother before every meal. It kind of helps like digestive bitters. I highly recommend drinking that all day in plain water (maybe with a straw or rinsing afterward to spare your teeth) but I might add that in my case it was NOT enough, and that Betaine HCL was much much more effective.” – Jaime

These are awesome examples of people listening to subtle clues from their body and making tweaks to eliminate symptoms. These were people that felt afraid and helpless about their relentless stomach problems, yet they took a risk and tested something counterintuitive like “taking stomach acid.” I’m so proud of them and continually inspired by their commitment to take control of their own health.

Now I Want to Be Proud of You…

There’s a real art and science to understanding the subtle clues from your body and discovering which tweaks are right for you. But if you stick with it and never give up, you can find the right tweaks to help fix your broken stomach. Betaine HCL is one of the most common tweaks, but it’s just the beginning.

I know you can do this, I’ve seen thousands of people fix their “broken stomach.” Sometimes it takes years, sometimes less, but I have faith that you’re someone who’s taking control of your health.

If you want to get there faster, we can help you make changes <—- click here to get even more troubleshooting help.

This Troubleshooting class will explain how to tune into your body, so you know exactly what changes to make next. I want to be right there with you, helping you test and tweak your way to a long and healthy life.

==> Re-engineer your broken stomach with us (includes 9 hours of video)

I believe in you,

– Jordan

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About the author

Jordan Reasoner Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Patty September 17, 2012 at 8:54 am

In your article “3 Tips for Fixing Broken Stomach” is “juice of a half lemon AND 3Tbsp apple cider vinegar” correct? I thought it was one or the other remedy, but not together.
Also, I thought it was to be drunk about 20min prior to a meal, so as to not dilute digestive enzymes?

Also, is the digestive bitters you recommend, SCD legal?

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Sara Haase October 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Went out and bought lemon, AVC, digestive bitters [grape seed i think], and Betaine HCL! I can’t wait to see what happens.

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Laura December 1, 2012 at 12:14 am

Hi there, in looking at your download Intro to SCD diet, you use grape juice to make gelatin. In trying to avoid all sugars and because sugars seem to inflame my stomach and body, how can this be helpful?

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Jordan Reasoner December 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Hi Laura, that’s totally cool. We’re all about creating a custom version that works for you. I didn’t use the grape juice either. Try using the juice from a lemon or lime for the gelatin.

In good health,

Jordan

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NEVILLE STRINGER May 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I would like to take betaine HCL but I had a VAGOTOMY AND PYLOROPLASTY operation 33 years ago and thou I suffer with pain and diarrhoea as well as a condition called dumping syndrome. I am unsure if they will do me any harm? due to my vagus nerve being cut, also the tablet will travel much quicker through my digestive tract due to my PYLORUS being restructured to allow contents to empty quicker into the DUODENUM therefore will my system absorb and benefit from the contents of tablet, if not how can i work around this.

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Timothy Walls December 23, 2013 at 11:10 am

Hi Jordan,

I’m about to try apple cider vinegar before meals and hoping for results. I was diagnosed with gastroparesis and curious to see if low stomach acid is a factor.

Could you tell me how hcl supplements are made and what are reliable brands? I’d like to know how natural hcl supplements are if they are based from plant or natural sources or chemically made in labs.

Thanks.

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