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What If The Reason Behind Reflux & Heartburn Is LACK OF STOMACH ACID And Not An Excess Of It?

What If The Reason Behind Reflux & Heartburn Is LACK OF STOMACH ACID And Not An Excess Of It?

Reflux, heartburn and other gastric problems are issues millions of people suffer in silence. Medications like antacids and PPIs are widely used to deal with the symptoms, but these usually only mask bigger problems and can even worsen them1.

Most people think their body produces too much stomach acid, which causes discomfort, but it turns out for a lot of people the problem is actually stomach acid deficiency2.

Regain your healthy levels of stomach acid, while you also: 

  • Enhance digestion with full-spectrum digestive enzymes
  • Improves mineral, vitamin B12 and amino acid absorption3
  • Better digestion, gut movement and detoxification
  • Relieves bloating, gas, belching, indigestion, post-meal fatigue and stomach heaviness or discomfort after meals
  • Improves exercise recovery and muscle growth with better protein digestion (when combined with the right diet and training)
  • Promotes healthy function of the valve between esophagus and stomach, which may help with acid reflux and heartburn
  • Promotes healthy stomach acid protection against food-borne infections


It's Estimated That 20-25% Of North-Americans Suffer From Reflux?4


It's Estimated That 20-25% Of North-Americans Suffer From Reflux?4

However, the right Enzyme Supplement can amplify it up to 68%, which is more than triple what you normally assimilate. 

HCL Breakthrough

HCL Breakthrough

  • A 100% plant-based betaine hydrochloride (stomach acid) and full-spectrum digestive enzymes
  • A mineral complex to enhance the activity of digestive enzymes
  • Optimizes the absorption of important minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese
  • Promotes healthy gut movement, bile flow, and enzymatic secretions
  • Helps maximize protein digestion in the stomach
  • Supports the stomach’s natural ability to protect against foodborne infections, including bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and parasites
  • Relieves indigestion, gas, bloating, belching, and fatigue after meals
  • Supports healthy closure of the valve between the stomach and esophagus
HCL Breakthrough
HCL Breakthrough

How To Know If You Have Low Stomach Acid?

How To Know If You Have Low Stomach Acid?

The reasons that cause low stomach acid can vary, the most common ones being:






Unbalanced Diet



So you might be wondering... 

How do I know I have low hydrochloric acid levels? 

To accurately determine if you suffer from low stomach acid a medical diagnosis is needed. However, there’s a very simple test you can take at home that can give you an idea that there might be a need to increase stomach acid levels in your stomach. 

On an empty stomach, mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 4 ounces of cold water and drink it. You should experience belching by minute 5, otherwise, there’s a chance that not enough stomach acid reacted with the baking soda to generate gas. 

Once you determine if there might be hydrochloric acid deficiency, the next obvious step is to find out how to fix low stomach acid.

Thousands of people globally already love and trust HCL Breakthrough to aid with reflux and enhance their digestive health:

Thousands of people globally already love and trust HCL Breakthrough to aid with reflux and enhance their digestive health:

Sue T.- April,2020
Sue T.- April,2020
“Keeping me home & out of stores!”

Trying holistic treatment for acid reflux. It was delivered fast. Thank you.

Shawnlaz.- March, 2020
Shawnlaz.- March, 2020
“Absolutely amazing!”

Absolutely love this product. It makes me feel less guilty of overindulging on anything!

Kara G.- January, 2021
Kara G.- January, 2021
“It works!”

Love this product! So thankful I found it.

Melody M.- July, 2018
Melody M.- July, 2018
“Great product.”

I feel better when I take two capsules with every meal. In addition, sometimes I take 3 capsules with 6 capsules of P3OM before bedtime. I like that it can be taken with meals as well as on an empty stomach. I believe it aids with digestion.

Tired of Low Stomach Acid Symptoms?

Heartburn after a meal, irritation after eating meat or “heavy” foods, bloating, gas, irritation…

Something so vital as eating becomes a struggle when you are living with low hydrochloric acid, but the immediate discomfort could be just the beginning of way more serious issues. 

Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and many chronic health conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression are associated with lack of stomach acid 6,7,8

Increasing your stomach acid levels could not only prevent these diseases, but also help you enhance your digestive health and live the lifestyle you deserve by: 

  • Promoting Healthy Digestive Function
  • Enhancing bowel movement
  • Increasing absorption of minerals and B12 Vitamin
  • Aiding with protein breakdown and digestion
  • Supporting the stomach’s natural protection against food-borne disease

Still Wondering if HCL Breakthrough is the Right Choice
to Enhance your Digestion?

Still Wondering if HCL Breakthrough is the Right Choice to Enhance your Digestion?



Why doesn't HCL Breakthrough have pepsin in it?

The only sources of pepsin available are from stomachs of animals, such as pigs or cows. Some people are allergic to pork or beef, or have dietary restrictions that disallow these foods.

People with low stomach acid are more likely to develop acid reflux or stomach ulcers. Among these people, the damage to the mucosa and stomach lining are caused by pepsin more than the stomach acid itself. Therefore, we chose another form of plant-based proteases instead.

What are the benefits of using HCL Breakthrough?

Nowadays, most people suffer from low stomach acid and suboptimal digestion due to:

  • Aging
  • Poor eating habits, such as eating distracted or in a hurry, and not chewing food properly
  • Deficiencies of minerals that are important for the production of stomach acid, such as zinc
  • Overconsumption of foods that may inhibit digestive enzymes, such as dairy and grains
  • Coffee and tea can neutralize stomach acid and inhibit digestive enzymes
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Other than digestion, stomach acid is important for sterilizing your food before it reaches further stages of the digestive process. Also, the acidity triggers the secretions of digestive enzymes and bile, and wave-like gut movement that transports your food along the intestine. Having low stomach acid can result in overall poor digestion and gut movement, and possibly overgrowth of gut pathogens.

HCL Breakthrough can increase stomach acid and jumpstart more natural HCL production. It also contains a comprehensive combination of digestive enzymes to further help optimize digestion. The benefits of HCL Breakthrough include:

  • Better digestion
  • Relief from bloating, indigestion, belching or post-meal fatigue
  • Better absorption of nutrients that require stomach acid to absorb, such as iron and vitamin B12
  • Healthier gut movement

How can I tell if I have low HCL?

People with low stomach acid tend to have some nutrient deficiencies and digestion symptoms. For example, they may feel a heavy sensation in their stomach and bloating, especially after meat-heavy meals.

What can you expect when you begin using HCL Breakthrough?

You should start from 1 capsule and gradually increase the dosage until you start to feel your digestive symptoms improve, as long as you don’t experience any negative symptoms.

Once you reach your optimal dose, you will immediately experience:

  • Better digestion - no heavy “brick in the stomach” sensation
  • Better post-meal energy levels
  • Relief from stomach discomfort, bloating, indigestion, belching, or burping
  • Better nutrient absorption
  • Within a few weeks, you may observe the improvement in your nutrification (nutrient absorption and assimilation), even though you’re eating the exact same food. For example, you may feel more energy as you absorb more iron. Or you may get better gains with your muscle mass from improved protein digestion.

Can children take HCL Breakthrough? If so, what is the suggested dosage? If so, what is the suggested dosage?

HCL Breakthrough is not recommended for children.

Can you empty the contents of the HCL Breakthrough capsule in your beverage?

HCL can be corrosive to teeth and irritate sensitive tissue. Therefore, HCL Breakthrough capsules should not be dissolved in beverages.

What is the recommended dosage for HCL Breakthrough?

The recommended dosage for HCL Breakthrough is 1 capsule with each meal or within 30 minutes of eating a meal. Dosage information can be found on the bottle’s label.

Consult your medical practitioner prior to starting any new supplement, especially if you have a medical condition.

When is the best time to take HCL Breakthrough?

The optimal time to take HCL Breakthrough is 30 minutes after your meal.

Taking HCL Breakthrough before a meal may turn off stomach acid production for this meal as it may create a false experience of heartburn.

How should HCL Breakthrough be stored?

Store HCL Breakthrough in a cool and dry place.

How many capsules are in a HCL Breakthrough bottle?

HCL Breakthrough bottles contain 90 capsules.


What is HCL?

HCL or hydrochloric acid is a very strong acid produced by your stomach.

The roles of stomach acid include:

  • Killing any potential pathogens that make its way into your stomach
  • Degrading proteins and converting them  so they are easier to digest
  • Kick-starting the digestion, secretion, and movement throughout the digestive system
  • Activating enzymes that are released into the stomach as precursors, such as pepsin, which also activate other enzymes in the stomach
  • Converting minerals, such as iron and zinc, into a form that can be absorbed and used by our the body

What are the symptoms of acid reflux in adults?

Acid reflux is caused by the gastroesophageal sphincter (the valve between your stomach and esophagus) coming loose, allowing the stomach content to rise up into the esophagus.

Symptoms may include:

  • Heartburn or a burning sensation in your chest, especially when lying down
  • Chest pain
  • Burping or belching
  • Recurring coughs or hiccups
  • Hoarse voice
  • Bad breath
  • Pressure in the chest
  • Sour or bitter taste in the back of the throat

How can I relieve acid reflux?

There are many potential causes of acid reflux. You should consult your physician or naturopathic doctor to identify the root causes and treat them accordingly.

Conventional medicine uses means to reduce stomach acid to treat acid reflux. However, incidences of acid reflux increase with age, while stomach acid decreases with age, so most cases of acid reflux are caused by low stomach acid. Older adults may have delayed stomach acid secretions compared to younger adults.9

Often, acid reflux is caused by an imbalance in the gut bacteria or small intestine bacterial overgrowth.10

Ways to temporarily manage acid reflux include:

  • Avoiding trigger foods, such as mint, fatty foods, spicy foods, tomatoes, onions, garlic, coffee, tea, chocolate, carbonated beverages, and alcohol
  • Staying upright after eating and avoiding eating too close to bedtime
  • Sleeping in an incline
  • Managing stress
  • Avoiding exercising too soon after eating
  • Quitting smoking if you’re a smoker
  • Losing weight if overweight or obese
  • Avoiding tight-fitting clothing or belts
  • Managing medications that may cause acid reflux as a side effect
  • Finding an eating routine that works for you - some people do better eating smaller meals, while others three square meals per day.
  • Practicing good eating hygiene, such as eating mindfully and thoroughly chewing food
  • Many people find that optimizing overall digestion and microbiome relieves their acid reflux. Several BiOptimizers products, including HCl Breakthrough, provide digestive and microbiome support. However, our products are not approved to treat or prevent any conditions. You should also consult your physician before introducing any supplements or diet changes.

What is GERD?

GERD is when acid reflux keeps recurring, at least more than twice a week. GERD can cause inflammation to the esophagus and may lead to esophageal cancer.

What is hydrochloric acid used for?

Your stomach naturally produces stomach acid to kill pathogens and activate digestive enzymes in the stomach. The acidity also serves to trigger gut movement and secretions of digestive juices in the intestine.

What causes low stomach acid?

There are many causes of low stomach acid, including:

  • Stress
  • Aging
  • Eating too fast or mindlessly
  • Antacids*
  • Stomach acid-reducing drugs (proton pump inhibitors)*
  • Vitamin B and zinc deficiencies
  • Autoimmune conditions that destroy the stomach lining
  • Helicobacter pylori and other gut infections
  • Drinking coffee on empty stomach can injure the acid-producing cells in the stomach lining

*Always speak to your physician before stopping or making changes to your medication regimens. If you have stomach ulcer, you may need these medications temporarily to allow the ulcers to heal. Do not take stomach acid supplements (including HCL Breakthrough) if you have stomach ulcers.

Why did I start having acid reflux?

  1. You may have low stomach acid due to one of the causes above. As a result, the valve between the stomach and esophagus don’t get enough stimulation to close.
  2. You are eating trigger foods that cause acid reflux without the right support for your gut, such as coffee, citrus, red meat, or very high fat meals.
  3. Your post-meal posture allows for the acid to flow up the esophagus

How to increase stomach acid naturally?

  • Slow down and eat your meals slowly and mindfully
  • Correct your zinc and B vitamin deficiencies if you are deficient in these nutrients
  • Use HCL Breakthrough
  • Increasing the protein content of your meals
  • Use digestive bitters
  • Drink lemon water or apple cider vinegar 15 minutes before meals

What is stomach acid?

Stomach acid is the naturally occuring hydrochloric acid produced by a type of cells that line your stomach. It serves to sterilize your food, facilitate digestion, and promote further steps of digestion.

How do you know if you have high or low stomach acid?

High stomach acid is quite rare since stomach acid decreases with age.[4] Symptoms of excess stomach acid may include stomach discomfort, especially on an empty stomach. You may also have nausea and vomiting.

However, it’s important to see a doctor to rule out injuries to the stomach lining, which may allow any level of stomach acid to irritate the stomach tissue. The following may increase the risk of stomach lining injuries:

  • H. pylori infection
  • Usage of drugs that reduce stomach lining protection, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Being under intense physical or emotional stress
  • Alcohol drinking, especially without food
  • Irregular or unhealthy eating patterns

Low stomach acid is more common and tends to have ripple effects throughout the body. Signs of low stomach acid include:

  • Nutrient deficiencies, such as iron or B12 deficiency anemia
  • Indigestion, bloating, gas, belching, and heartburn
  • Inability to gain weight
  • Lack of appetite
  • Catching gut infections or food-borne illnesses easily
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Food allergies, sensitivities, or leaky gut


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