Many years ago, when I was going through this whole IBS debacle, I was almost completely clear on HCL + Pepsin + Digestive Enzymes. The only dietary change I had made at that point was no dairy and no sugar. I wasn't on that stuff for acne, I was on it to clear up my IBS, but I noticed it was making positive changes in my skin. This was before I took alternative treatments for acne seriously. I was just waiting to get health insurance again so I could go on Accutane. Even though I was clearing up, I felt that it would come back like it always had, and just wanted that "magic bullet" that Accutane promised.
Well, eventually I got health insurance again, and went to my dermatologist for an Accutane prescription. However because I was so clear, he wouldn't give it to me, and put me on a stronger retinoid and Ortho Tri Cyclen. I broke out pretty bad and spiraled downward. Since my IBS was gone, I soon stopped taking the HCL + Pepsin + Enzymes, and didn't think much about the connection between them and my acne until later.
I used a tablet that combines HCL, Pepsin, and various enzymes. You do need the pepsin. HCL without the pepsin is not nearly as effective. I think the enzymes are slightly less important, since you are supposed to generate those from your pancreas when the gastric acid is secreted, but some people don't have enough of those either.
I don't use these things currently, but if my IBS symptoms flared up I would know where to turn.
As for dosage, I did the "acid test", which is on that page I linked you to in the previous post. The one where you take increasing amounts of capsules until you feel a warming in your stomach. I never felt a warming, but I did find a dosage that gave me heartburn, so I went down from that. Over time, I would get heartburn again, and I would lower it again.
P.S. Inositol slightly increases stomach acid production. Thought you might find that interesting.
Awesome, I'll give those a try as well. I notice that the formula includes natural antihistamines like bromelain, which is great. What is ox bile though? Is it what I think it is? haha. Is the Optimal Digestive System the vegetarian version, or is that a different supplement?
I'll try the acid test and the baking soda test to check if I have low stomach acid. I know I have IBS symptoms, and when I did the candida test it also showed many candida symptoms. I used to be a smoker, and after 2 years of quitting I took it up again for a couple of months and the IBS got really bad. Now that I quit smoking again I seem to be doing better but only if I stick to a mostly raw food diet. Do you think that if I fix low stomach acid, then leaky gut and candida will also improve?
Interesting about inositol....it has so many benefits. My numbness has almost completely gone away now, so even if it's not my full hormonal cure, I'll keep taking it bc it's such a multitasker.