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Acid Reflux and Antacids

Acid reflux

Taking Omeprazole or other PPI’s?

You are at more risk of

Having a heart attack

Long term kidney damage (thought to be from magnesium depletion from the drug)

B12 depletion

Depletion in folate, zinc and Vitamin A

C-diff brought on by long term acid suppressing drugs

Osteoporosis and bone fractures

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

44% increased dementia risk in older people taking PPI’s – “there is some biological plausibility to the hypothesis that PPIs can cross the blood-brain barrier. They may increase both production and degradation of amyloid, at least in animal models, and bind to tau. There is also evidence of reduced levels of B12 and other nutrients among PPI users that could possibly relate to an increased risk of dementia.” JAMA Neurology


Acid reflux is mostly due, NOT TO A DISEASE OF TOO MUCH STOMACH ACID as has been traditionally thought, but when the muscular valve, the lower esophageal sphincter valve which is meant to stop acid coming up, relaxes inappropriately.


Consider foods that make your condition worse – caffeine, wheat, acidic foods, alcohol etc.
Get tested for Helicobacter pylori – a major factor of acid reflux.
Is stress involved? Take magnesium and Holy Basil.
Consider taking Hydrochloric Acid and digestive enzymes.
Slippery Elm is extremely beneficial and soothes the digestive tract, reducing inflammation.

Acid suppressing drugs were never intended to be used long term.


 

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/758268

http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/…/pr…/20068748.article

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/857060

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2974811/

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