I've had no surgery. I'm still experimenting with the protein related enzymes as well as the pepsin/HCL. I've read that some people take as many as 10 of the HCL/pepsin capsules with a meal. I tried that and that worked very well, but it also makes me nervous taking that much at once. I'm keeping records with each meal of what I eat, how much, and the results of the enzymes and other. The results have been positive so far. The only thing I've noticed is that sometimes I get reflux after not eating for a long time (like 4-5 hours), as if my system is "expecting it" me to eat soon, so it puts acid into my stomach. I take Zantac if that happens or just some Gaviscon. The Zantac seems to be more of an "after reflux" medication (for quick relief, with the Gaviscon even quicker but only temporary) rather than a blocker such as Omeprazole that would affect protein metabolism in a meal even 12 hours later by blocking the pump. I wonder if that's somehow related to how people get ulcers - maybe stress triggers hunger, but if a person doesn't eat, their system still thinks they are going to (or should) so it puts acid in with nothing for it to work with.
I'm in my 60's and in great shape (except the reflux) - when I had my last physical, all the results for everything couldn't have been any better at all, EXCEPT the protein levels were a bit low. I consume about
180 grams protein in whey shakes each day (plus food) because I'm very physical (and older people don't process it as well), and with the levels being low with that much intake, that's when I really began to be concerned about
the lack of sufficient acid affecting my protein metabolism.
Post Edited (justTim) : 5/4/2017 10:58:09 AM (GMT-6)