The idea of getting off your PPI medications is unthinkable.
Your world revolves around managing the harmful effects of acid reflux flare-ups. And at the end of the day, you are willing to try anything and everything to tame the awful symptoms you experience on a daily basis.
When you find relief in a treatment, such as a PPI drug, it’s easy to get attached.
Proton Pump Inhibitors help regulate acid production in the parietal cells of the stomach.
And boy, they do their job well!
So well, that you might ignore the many dangerous side effects that come with PPIs.
The standard short-term side effects include headaches, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, or itching. Nothing really to worry about.
What’s scary are the long-term effects that are beginning to surface with research.
A study by JAMA Neurology states that long-term use of PPI medications can lead to increased risk of heart attacks and kidney disease. They also suggest that there is a link between PPI use and developing dementia.
I don’t believe taking PPI medications are worth the risk of being affected by any of the conditions above.
Because of that, I am going to share with you three easy strategies to get off your PPIs.
#1. Avoid foods that cause GERD flare-ups.
Food is a major contributor to acid reflux flare-ups.
Diet is key to controlling your symptoms.
Avoid flare-ups by avoiding the following food/beverage categories:
- Citrus Fruits.
- Caffeinated Drinks.
- Sugary Foods.
- Red and Processed Meats.
- Fatty Foods.
- Spicy Foods.
It may be a struggle at first to eliminate these food categories from your diet.
If you’re struggling with finding meal and snack options, try incorporating some of these foods that fight acid reflux into your diet:
#2. Know Your Acid Reflex Trigger Foods
Now that you know the major food categories to avoid, you should be able to figure out your trigger foods.
Trigger foods are foods that directly cause an acid reflux flare-up.
These foods should be easy to identify.
For example, if you eat three chocolate bars a day and suffer from acid reflux, chocolate is probably one of your trigger foods.
If you can’t always remember what you’ve eaten, it can be helpful to keep a food diary.
Logging your meals every day gives you the opportunity to look back at what you’ve eaten at the onset of acid reflux discomfort.
Don’t let trigger foods cause your discomfort. It’s best to stay far away from them.
#3. Join a Community for Support
Making life changes to keep ourselves healthy can be hard.
Keeping up with the changes is even harder.
This is why I recommend finding a support group of people who live with acid reflux.
Finding a group of people that will cheer you on as you make major lifestyle changes is the best gift you can give yourself.
Stop putting your health in danger.
Get rid of the dangerous risks associated with taking PPIs by trying these tips today!
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