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The Digestive Glitch that Blocks Weight Loss

More than 50% of us have a lack of this fat metabolizer.

It takes the right acid to create systemic alkalinity—the key to health, longevity, and weight loss.

Yes, you heard that right. I’m talking about HCl here, the only acid your body actually produces on its own that is not a byproduct of metabolic waste. It may sound counterintuitive, but although HCl is an acid, it’s the key to the proper alkaline/acid balance—which is seriously deficient in anyone beyond the age of 35. A lack of iodine, salt, B vitamins, potassium, and/or too much stress are common culprits of inadequate HCl production.

But, acid into alkaline—how could that be?

The right amount of HCl in the stomach triggers the pancreas to produce large amounts of alkalinizing bicarbonates that signal pancreatic enzymes, which can only activate in an alkaline medium. It is also absolutely necessary for the production of the hormone cholecystokinin (CCK), which helps the gallbladder to release bile for fat emulsification. Without sufficient HCl, bile production can be hampered from doing its job because if there is not enough bile produced, fat cannot be broken down. It’s as simple as that.

If you have a roll of fat at your waist line, your liver has stopped processing fat and begun storing it. Only when you bring your liver back to full function—with the aid of HCl—will you lose this fat.

And what will you gain?

• Increased absorption of muscle building protein that increases metabolic rate by 25%.
• Complete assimilation of calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, B12, and folic acid, as well as fifteen minerals and eight essential acids.
• Relief of asthma (especially in children) and edema along with mucus congestion.
• Better oxidation of painful lactic acid in tissues.
• Increased kidney and liver function.
• Elimination of boils, abscess, rosacea, and rashes—which are unresponsive to other therapies.
• Heartburn relief.

Since we are in the midst of summer outings, don’t leave home without HCl. It is the most effective anti-bacterial agent I know of. Outside your body, it could literally burn a hole in a tablecloth or eat right through an iron nail. Within your stomach, it acts as a natural antibiotic—your first line of defense against toxic invaders, especially bacteria you are likely to encounter when traveling. It helps to neutralize pathogenic organisms, along with yeast and Helicobacter pylori—the bacteria associated with ulcers. It’s even been used to neutralize the venom of snake bites to prevent infection!

This information may seem new to you, but decades ago Dr. Hugh Tuckey and his wife spent thirty years conducting independent research on HCl, research which has tragically been forgotten. They discovered that a lack of HCl was the underlying cause of many digestive and immune-system ailments, along with bad breath and dark circles under the eyes.

Should you take HCl? Take the HCl challenge!

Before the next meal you eat, take a hydrochloric acid supplement that contains at least 500 to 550 milligrams of betaine hydrochloride and about 150 milligrams of pepsin. The brand I recommend is UNI KEY’s HCL+2. After you’ve taken your first HCl tablet, notice how you feel. If you’re producing enough stomach acid, taking this supplement will cause you to feel a bit of pain or warmth in your stomach. You can relax—your stomach acid is sufficient to digest the food you’re eating.

If you don’t notice any symptoms or any worsening of the symptoms you already have, increase your dose to two HCl tablets at the next meal. If you’re still symptom-free, or if the symptoms you’ve already experienced haven’t gotten any worse, continue upping your dose a tablet at a time. As soon as you feel a burning sensation or warmth, you know you’ve gone too far. Drop back to the previous dosage and continue taking the supplement as needed. You can work up to eight pills a day.

After four months, you might experiment with reducing your HCl dosage. If you get good results, continue to reduce your intake of HCl until you are no longer taking it. If your symptoms return, go back to your previous dosage.

Comments (104)

  • Team ALG January 6, 2017 - 5:15 pm Reply

    HCL+2 is completely different than Nexium which is a drug. HCL is what your stomach naturally produces to digest protein. I don’t know why it would create a problem for you.

  • Doreen February 19, 2017 - 10:06 am Reply

    I have been gaining weight around my tummy since I had my gallbladder out a year ago. I started taking garcinia Cambodia 625mg 60% HCA two a day will this help me and is two a day enough. I also drink apple cider vinegar in the morning in a glass of water .

    • Team ALG March 8, 2017 - 5:06 pm Reply

      Doreen, you may wish to take 1-2 tablets of HCL+2 with each meal to help with the protein and fat digestion. The ACV water is also helpful.

  • bob March 2, 2017 - 2:20 am Reply

    I have been taking tBetaine HCL (NOW) for a week and have gained 3 pounds, the antithesis of what I wanted to accomplish. I also suffer from hi distress including leaky intestine. I would so much appreciate your advice.
    Thank you
    R. Coppola

    • Team ALG March 8, 2017 - 5:32 pm Reply

      Bob, taking UNI KEY HCL+2 has not been reported to cause weight gain. I’m not sure how the other brand is different. With your GI distress you may wish to take L glutamine to help heal your gut.

  • Traci Miles March 17, 2017 - 5:47 am Reply

    I went to the doctor yesterday and he told me to stop taking HCL, I’ve only been taking it for one week and it worked miracles with my GERD, I went off of them for one day and OMG my GERD was terrible again, why would a doctor tell me to stop taking HCL w/ Pepsin ?

    • Team ALG March 17, 2017 - 11:49 am Reply

      Traci, I’m so glad to hear you are having such good results taking the HCL+2. Many doctors are not informed about the benefits of taking this and do not understand that it may be helpful. There are some people who need to be careful with HCL including those who have ulcers.

  • janny March 23, 2017 - 1:26 pm Reply

    i have crohnes, colitis as well as difficulty loosing weight – bloating , gas and bad breath have bern ía way of life for years – so much so i have avoided socialising and outings just in case! i was listening to dr weiss on thyroid recently and heard about hcl and pepsin – the brand i have does ønot have bile in it – nevertheless i have noticed some very obvious imorovements – i take one a day before my evening meal !! xxx

    • Team ALG March 29, 2017 - 3:40 pm Reply

      Janny, if you don’t notice enough improvement in your symptoms please do give the Bile Builder a try. It has the additional benefit of helping you to digest fat and of helping you produce quality bile.

  • D March 28, 2017 - 4:42 pm Reply

    Hi, thank you for your article. Much appreciated. Im taking Betaine HCL with Pepsin, shoudl I increase the dose as it have 325mg betaine hcl & 59mg pepsin. Its a Solgar brand. I did a colonic fluh and the therapist recommended that I take Betaine. Will this only destroy the pathogenic bacteria and not the good bacteria? So by the way, this is my 1st day on it & I really want to also loose some weight along the way 🙂

    • Team ALG March 29, 2017 - 4:10 pm Reply

      D, yes you could double the amount of HCL you are taking for better protein digestion. The acidic environment created by the Betaine HCL will kill some of the good bacteria as well. Digesting your protein well will help with weight loss.

  • Gita March 30, 2017 - 4:24 am Reply

    Hi! I’ve started betain HCL with pepsin a week ago. Dosage is 650 mg( brand is Doctors best) and it has worked wonders with my IBS symptoms. Please advise if I can use betadine hcl for my Son who is 11 and suffers from psoriasis.
    Many thanks !

    • Team ALG March 30, 2017 - 9:09 am Reply

      Gita, HCL is generally safe for someone age 11. Just start slowly with one pill at meal time.

  • Jean April 29, 2017 - 11:19 pm Reply

    I would like to be back to my lifetime weight of 110 lbs. Unfortunately, I have gained 40 lbs in the last 2 years. I have been taking Betaine with Pepsin when I eat protein but my weight stays the same. I want to take garcinia cambogia to get some weight loss…is it safe for me to take the garcinia cambogia 95 % if I am also taking Betaine with Pepsin and also Now Thyroid Energy and Digestive Enzymes after meals. I need to lose some weight for my son’s wedding….Please advise if I am on the right track..thanks

  • Ben June 19, 2017 - 1:23 pm Reply

    I have been using HCL with pepsin for about 2.5 weeks, I have gotten all the way up to 8 pills per meal (with high protein) and I still don’t really feel anything. I digest stuff better in the end but I don’t really get a burning sensation at all. Should I just continue steady with 8 650mg capsules per meal?

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