Stress and Stomach Acid

What is Betaine-HCL?

Betaine-HCLBetaine-HCLBetaine-HCL is stomach acid in a pill.   Chemically it is Hydrochloric Acid, HCl, combined with Trimethyl-Glycene, TMG.  In  the stomach, TMG and HCL break apart.  The HCl becomes stomach acid while the TMG helps your body detoxify. See methylation for more information on TMG.

What does Stomach Acid have to do with stress?

Everybody knows what stress is, but almost nobody knows what it does to your body. In the primitive human terms, stress puts your body into emergency mode.

Emergency mode turns off/down non-essential body processes, (healing, digestion, etc.) to save energy an anticipated emergency. This anticipatory mode, readiness for flight-or-fight, in principle, puts us in readiness to survive, attack or flee and anticipates injury.  There are many different stages, and causes of stress:

  • Injury or trauma
  • Fear – triggering fight or flight defenses
  • Toxins/poisons
  • Infections
  • Anxiety
  • Many others…
Did you ever notice that your digestion stalls when you’re scared, angry, or injured?  

This is because digestion is less important than panic and escape.  The “scare” or “stress” response causes your body to shift priorities. It’s simple.  Escaping a predator is more important than digesting your lunch.  Fright, stress or trauma stop digestion because free chloride ions, are a powerful oxidizing agents that produce energy, and neutralize toxins likely critical during emergency. The three best known energy substrates are:

  • Oxygen – used in all aerobic respiration respiration processes
  • Glucose – Can produce energy without oxygen 2 ATP/Glucose
  • Chlorine – There is lots in the blood, and it readily oxidizes toxins, and is critical first-stage trauma/shock mechanisms.

Your body frees up ready energy substrates because they are critical to survival because they make energy for physical survival. Your stomach stops so your body has more chlorine available emergency use. Oxygen is a very special topic here . We’ve dedicated an entire website to it because it is so important. Stress causes your body to prepares to survive WITHOUT oxygen.

Are you stuck in stress?

Stress isn’t just about your stomach and digestion – although this is probably what most notice first. Prolonged stress limits cell oxygen delivery. The body is compensates by redirecting chloride ions, to your cells. Chloride ions are the main ingredient in stomach acid. Chloride loss is caused by long term cellular oxygen delivery failure. Prolonged stress causes a breakdown in critical systems:

  • Oxygen Delivery decreases as as your body stays in a prolonged panic. Did you ever notice your first reflex upon being startled is to stop breathing? Count your breaths over 5 minutes – optimal is about 16 per minute. If you breathe 14 or less times per minute, stress has shifted your metabolism enough to chage your respiratory pattern. You are not producing enough CO2 to trigger respiration – and your body is running on more glucose and less oxygen than optimal. Cellular Hypoxia Page.
  • Antagonistic Lipids are built to resist toxins. Cells consume huge amounts chloride ions (Revici), to construct anti-toxins that resist recurring cellular toxins;
  • Digestion Decreases because extra chloride ions are used when the body cells don’t have enough oxygen. Chloride ion loss reduces digestive performance from decreased stomach acid. Over time chloride loss causes clinical malnutrition, regardless of diet – because nutrients cannot be absorbed properly.


When you get stuck in emergency physical mode, there never seems to be enough HCL for your digestion. This causes several symptom patterns:

Do you burp/belch or do you have GERD? Weak stomach acid fails to kill the microorganisms in your food. These microorganisms ferment your stomach contents, and make Carbon Dioxide that inflates the stomach with gas, and comes out as a burps.
Heartburn Weak stomach acid fails to kill the microorganisms in your food. These microorganisms ferment stomach contents, and make Carbon Dioxide, CO2. These bubbles percolate up and carry weak stomach acid into the esophagus. The weak acid irritates the esophagus causing “heartburn” discomfort. Notice that people treat “heartburn” by reducing stomach acid, when the cause of heartburn is usually stomach acid that is too weak!
Diarrhea Food sits in the stomach without ionization that it becomes toxic. The body eleiminates it by dumping it into the gut. Toxins cause the gut to rapidly move the toxins to avoid absorption. Do your stool contents look and smell like previous meals?
Does food “sit” in your stomach? Then you don’t have enough HCL to ionize food so the food remains in the stomach and you feel bloated with sluggish digestion.

Oxygen Delivery

When your digestion weakens, you will probably notice that stress causes other unexplainable problems:

  • Joints and muscles are more sore;
  • You feel more tired – Fatigue Information;
  • Injuries don’t heal as fast;
  • Your immune system doesn’t work as well;
  • Your feet develop cracks;
  • Your eyesight decreases;
  • Your voice sounds rough;
  • You develop varicose veins.

When you ask your doctor about what causes these things – you get the standard “We don’t know” answer, followed by a discussion of some drug that sometimes seems to help these particular symptoms. It is important to recognize that digestive malfunction occurs because the body is losing the long-term ability to deliver oxygen to cells. This results in escalating use of chlorine to for cellular oxidation. This is where the chlorine – that your body used to use for digestion decreases.

The Glucose Connection and Acidic Metabolism

This condition also disrupts glucose metabolism. Glucose use goes up because cells that don’t have enough oxygen use up to 19 times more glucose. This causes anaerobic lock. Disruption appears appears as either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, depending on how strong your liver is. If it goes on a long time, as hyperglycemia, other organisms, yeast and fungi bloom in body fluids, and further disrupt glucose metabolism. Diabetes Model Here . Did you ever wonder why you crave carbohydrates under stess? Stress reduces oxygen delivery and forces more cells to run on glucose. You compensate by consuming more sugar, or making more in the glucagon cycle in the liver. If you can’t get 19 times more glucose to make up the energy difference – then you get fatigue. This presents as a matrix of problems:

  • Excessive reliance on glycolysis creates lactic acid which accumulates and causes soreness;
  • Tissues are weak because – Mitochondrial energy production drops 19:1
  • The system pH becomes unstable from excess lactic acids, and reduced Carbon Dioxide (reduced breath rate). See pH Dysregulation;
  • Prolonged stress can cause a permanent decrease in metabolism – See Stable Physiological Equilibrium.

These symptoms indicate that stress has reduced your body’s soluble oxygen supply. Very Important: This is NOT medical oxygen saturation measured by hemoglobin binding to red blood cells.

Fishbowl Cells

Stress affects Fishbowl Cells first. We call them fishbowl cells because they are like a fish in a fishbowl and must live on the oxygen dissolved in the fluid that surrounds them. These cells are not connected to the vascular system:

  • White Blood Cells – reside in lymph and travel throughout the body
  • Lens of the eye – capillaries would prevent vision
  • Connective Tissue, ligaments, tendonons, cartilage – Stress would destroy capillaries
  • Artery, capillary and Vein Cells – Even though these cells carry oxygenated blood, they cannot use it. Blood flies by so fast that hemoglobin bound oxygen cannot be delivered. Vascular cells They must use oxygen dissolved in blood plasma.
  • Larynx / Voice Box – voice becomes rough (remember knowing someone was stressed or sick by their voice? This is why.)

Stress causes hypoxia in fishbowl tissues first. This is what causes the other symptoms that occur when you have stress episodes. Long term stress precedes serious health issues that result from tissues made of fishbowl cells:

This medically unnoticed factor is why “stress” seems to cause so many health problems. Fishbowl cells are more vulnerable to stress because they their oxygen supply is slightly less durable than cells supplied by the vascular system… But only slightly. Overtraining and exertion cause stress. This is an explanation of how these factors affect athletes. Visit entire site. [youtube]

Downstream Tissues

It’s not just about the fishbowl cells. Since the pipes that deliver oxygen, the vascular system, is made of fishbowl cells, every cell in the body is indirectly vulnerable to stress. Here is how downstream tissues are affected by stress:

  • A stress event reduces soluble oxygen;
  • This causes temporary hypoxia in the the vascular system;
  • Which triggers inflammation in the endothelium as sodium accumulates in endothelial cells;
  • The swelling limits blood flow to plasma (stops red blood cells) and reduces oxygen delivery;
  • Plasma carrying glucose is still delivered, so cells switch to anaerobic energy production;
  • They start producing lactic acid;
  • Reduced capillary flow limits tissue drainage and the tissue region becomes acidic;
  • Energy production drops proportionate to available glucose & oxygen;
  • CO2 production drops;
  • Tissue operates at a low energy state, with limited performance and reduced resistance to pathogens;
  • Tissue utilizes chloride ions to partially compensate for oxygen deficiency;
  • Eventually disease and degeneration occur.

This capillary choke mechanism limits these capillary chokes. They inhibit blood flow to virutally any tissue, anywhere, and anytime. Capillary chokes cause two different problems:

  • First they cause many medically unexplainable conditions degeneration, soreness, degeneration, and eventually tissue diseases;
  • Second, these tissues over-consume chloride ions, which reduces chloride available to the stomach for digestion.

This is one reason chloride depletion gets worse with time. As more of the body locks into a stress pattern, the more glucose and chloride drain from the system. Oxygen Multistep Therapy reverses capillary chokes. These effects can happen anywhere, but cells that lack a “regular” blood supply from the vascular system are affected first. These cells are most easily identified by the absence of oxygen supplied by capillaries.

How do I fix it?

Many of these conditions can be stabilized – when oxygen is restored early. Prolonged oxygen depletion often results in permanent tissue degeneration. This degeneration is often erroneously blamed on “age”. Degeneration occurs because cells have lost something they they need to remain healthy. If your degeneration is because of stress it’s probably because new stress has reduced your body’s oxygen delivery. Visit our for more information on how these degenerative mechanisms work, and how to resist and often reverse them.

Poor digestion is caused by chronic stress

If you want to fix your digestion, you will need to fix damage caused by stress. It is critical to restore your oxgyen levels – otherwise you cannot stop the loss that creates the chloride deficiency which limits digestion. Betaine-HCL is a very effective way to temporarily restore stomach acid. For permanent repair, you must stop the chloride leaks caused by accumulated tissue stress. This usually means you will have to fix your oxygen metabolism.

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    • matt nelson on February 27, 2014 at 1:08 am
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    How do I Betaine HCL

    1. Hi Matt:
      You can obtain Betaine-HCL in our store at this link.
      Here is the protocol for Betaine HCL Usage.

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