Are You Suffering From HCL Deficiency?

  • Do you have stubborn body fat that won’t budge no matter what you do?
  • Do you workout without seeing improvements in body composition?
  • Do you suffer from digestive problems such as gas, bloating, belching, heartburn, reflux, or constipation?

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If you’re experiencing any of the conditions above, it’s highly likely you’re not producing enough stomach acid or hydrochloric acid (HCL) to properly break down the food you’re eating or the supplements you’re taking. Don’t worry though, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that up to 98 percent of Americans don’t produce enough HCL!

Low HCL Symptoms

  • Protein, carbohydrate, vitamin and mineral malabsorption/deficiencies including: calcium, vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, and iron
  • Difficulty losing weight/fat, and/or building muscle
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of appetite for meat
  • Digestive problems such as feel heavy after eating, bloating, gas, belching, reflux, GERD, IBS, constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Bad breath and strong body odor
  • Stool is very smelly and/or contains undigested food
  • Gut dysbiosis, including Candida and bacterial/parasitic infections
  • Leaky gut, food sensitivities/allergies, and/or autoimmune disorders
  • Poor cognition, anxiety, depression, and dementia
  • Hormone imbalances, such as thyroid dysfunction or adrenal fatigue
  • Weakened immunity, prone to injuries and/or slow wound healing
  • Nails are weak, brittle and/or have vertical ridging
  • Muscle spasms and/or cramps
  • Skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis or eczema

Underlying Causes

Many factors can decrease HCL production including: taking medications (including antacids and birth control pills), aging, poor diet, overeating, chronic stress, lack of sleep, poor thyroid function, deficiencies in B vitamins, zinc and vitamin C, and excess alcohol consumption.

Stomach Acid Misconception

Most people attribute digestive issues to excess stomach acid and use antacids to block acid production. However, these symptoms are often the result of too little acid. The stomach is naturally supposed to be very acidic and when acid is reduced this creates nutrient malabsorption and deficiencies that set the stage for life long digestive dysfunction.

Importance of HCL

You must have adequate HCL to be healthy. Without the appropriate amount of HCL you can eat the healthiest diet and take the best supplements, but fail to see the health and body composition results you deserve. HCL is essential for breaking down and absorbing nutrients and for digestion to work properly. This is why testing your HCL production and supplementing as needed is one of the most effective steps you can take to greatly impact the way you feel and function.

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