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Danny33;43109 wrote: I’ve been taking Betaine HCL over the last few weeks with great success in digestion.

However, I’ve noticed a side effect. I do not get any heartburn at all but I seem to get hay fever, sneezing and runny nose (From pollen, dust mite, cat hair, etc). The only time I ever get hay fever seems to be when I loose a good portion of flora from bad/excessive diarrhea. The only thing that will fix my hay fever is large doses of pro-biotic. This usually completely fixes my sneezing, runny nose, etc.

My questions is, can too much HCL kill gut flora?

HCL is an acid, so not unless you’re taking a literal ungodly amount, but that would have several other effects as well. How much are you taking after each meal?