Posted by: lisa | 2005/12/12

unintended weightloss

Dear Dietdoc,
I m suffering from bad digestion and I'm severe underweight. When I start to take betaine HCl with meals my digestion greatly improves (as do many other symptons like improved nails, less inflammatory skindisease etc.) but I start to loose more weight. Everything that helps my digestion (lemon juice, chili peppers) seem to burn fat and make me loose weight. How can I take betaine HCl without loosing weight? Is it because I eat too little protein?
Thanks a lot, I'm desperate,

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Dear Lisa
In view of your digestive problems and your reaction to the medication, I would strongly suggest that you consult a clinical dietitian (check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will work out a diet that assists you with your digestion and helps you to gain some weight.
Best regards

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