|Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2001 - 02:43 am: |
I've been diagnosed with low stomach acid and my doctor said I must now take HCL(hydrochloric acid) tablets with meals. However, I hate taking them because they have Ox Bile (from the animal). I have searched, but I have not found any HCL tablets without animal products. Do you know of any natural/non-animal products that can be used as a substitute for HCL? What do people who practice Ayurveda use who have low stomach acid? I've personally thought about using apple cider vinegar, but I have a history of Candida, so I didn't want to use this either.
Thanks for your help!
|Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2001 - 11:06 am: |
Dear Kim and others,
I decided to respond to this by posting a new page on digestion:
|Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 - 12:37 pm: |
Re: your response to Kim, Would you be so kind as to make a complete listing of tart fruits that are easy to digest?
Thanks so much!
|Posted on Friday, April 20, 2001 - 12:39 am: |
The most sour is probably amla, a tropical gooseberry that is found in Chyawanprash (discussed in some detail as an anti-oxidant and longevity jam on this website.) The Chinese schizandra is nearly as sour and is in many herbal products, tablets and jam. Mongolians used to eat a few berries a day when on long caravan trips. It is said that the emperor who eats schizandra berries can please a hundred wives -- he must be quite a diplomat then, too.
Next, there are fruits such as cranberry, tamarind, boysenberries, and so on. I do not mean to be terse, but fruits are sour because of their acids: sorbic acid, citric acid, etc. If fruit is overripe, it is less sour and more sweet. Fruit is always sweet but it may be sour also. One can nibble on lycium berries or make them into a smoothie. Not all fruit is sour. Pears are not really sour nor are many melons, but a cherry is usually sour until it's made into a pie.
Does this help?