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Bicarbonate of soda - burping test for stomach acid??!

Spinney Lainey

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I was reading a thread, I can't remember which one and someone mentioned doing a 'burping test' to test the strength of stomach acid! Can't find it now, though! Can anyone shed any light on it?
 

Plum

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You can swallow 1/2 teaspoon bicarb with water (it tastes disgusting). If you have stomach acid, you should burp. I had to do this after taking some betaine HCl - think I took too much
 

Sushi

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I was reading a thread, I can't remember which one and someone mentioned doing a 'burping test' to test the strength of stomach acid! Can't find it now, though! Can anyone shed any light on it?

Quote from Dr. Rich Van Konynenburg:

If you want to test to see if your stomach acid is low, you can try this simple test at home: On an empty stomach, such as first thing in the morning, drink an 8-ounce glass of water into which you have mixed one-quarter teaspoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Using a clock or watch, measure how long it is before you burp. If you have enough stomach acid, you should burp within two minutes. If you haven't burped within 5 minutes, you can stop timing.
 

Sushi

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Ok, so I failed the test. Can anyone recommend what dosage I should take/any good makes of betaine hcl?

If you are in the US Vitacost's might be the least expensive: http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-betaine-hcl-with-pepsin

I don't think this is one of the supplements where you need to spend a lot to get the quality you need. I take one (650 mgs) with every meal but of course it depends on how alkaline your stomach is. Why not try one and see how that feels. I think you will know if you have taken too much by getting a burning sensation. Some need to take several capsules I believe.

Sushi