Are you suffering from heart burn and reaching for an over-the-counter antacid or prescription acid blocker on a daily basis? Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, otherwise known as heartburn, is typically treated with a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or over the counter medications known as "antacids". So what is wrong with that?
Too little stomach acid? It is reported that over 90% of people with "acid indigestion" are not making too much stomach acid, but too little stomach acid, i.e. hypochlorhydia. Symptoms include bloating, gas, indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation. Not pleasant! Stomach acid not only plays a critical role in digestion, but also protects us from food poisoning, H. pylori and many other infections.
Weight gain and Osteoporosis! A recent study revealed that patients on PPIs gained an average of 8 pounds over 2 yeasrs of use compared to those on a placebo. Not good! More importantly, as stomach acid (HCL) is needed to not only break down proteins, but also to absorb nutrients (esp calcium, iron, zinc, B12), taking PPIs long term is linked to osteoporosis, anemia, increased risk of fracture, kidney problems, and dementia. Another study published in JAMA Neurology reported that the reduction of B12 caused by these drugs leaves the brain vulnerable to damage. (Ref.: Scientific American/Weintraub 2/1/17)
Factors contributing to GERD include: Certain medications, foods such as fried food, fast food, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, smoking, lying down after eating, overeating, hiatal hernia, pregnancy and obesity. These factors we can control!
Enzymes for better health: Enhance digestion-don't disable it! If you suffer from occasional heartburn and acid indigestion, we would first advise discussing this with your health care professional. If digestive enzymes are recommended, let us help you chose a formula that is best suited for you. Support the body's natural processes rather than suppress enzyme and acid activity; your gut will thank you for it!
Stop by The Natural Alternative and let our friendly staff assist you in finding the right digestive support for you. Find out "what better feels like!"
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