Lack of digestive enzymes from the pancreas is a functional cause of indigestion. Typically when heartburn, abdominal bloating, abdominal discomfort, and gas occur within the first 15 to 30 minutes after eating, the cause is usually a lack of hydrochloric acid (HCl) secretion. If these effects occur after 45 minutes, they usually indicate a lack of pancreatic enzymes. Keep in mind that the secretion of pancreatic enzymes is triggered by the HCl secreted in the stomach. So sometimes taking HCl supplements can lead to improved release of pancreatic enzymes.
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