Antacids: A Dangerous and Ineffective Solution for GERD

 

If you suffer from chronic acid reflux, you might know the health risks associated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), risks such as dementia and heart attacks. PPIs are medications that lessen how much acid your stomach produces.

Due to numerous ads on television and in magazines, it’s easy to think that antacids are a benign option for treating your GERD. Unlike PPIs, antacids don’t prevent acid production in your stomach. Instead, they neutralize your stomach acid.

In your quest to seek relief, these over-the-counter medications appear to be a safer way of coping with your acid reflux while avoiding harmful side effects.

The reality is antacids are dangerous. You can’t find comfort in familiar brands because there are side effects lurking beneath those familiar labels.

As a group, antacids not only present health risks. They also are a dead end for treating  your chronic heartburn and acid reflux symptoms.

Here are 4 reasons why antacids are a dangerous and, ultimately, ineffective solution for your GERD.

  1. Some antacids contain aluminum.

Antacids can be a source of aluminum for your body. Some medications contain an ingredient called aluminum hydroxide. If you’re scratching your head, wondering what the danger is, here’s what you need to know.

According to an article published in NeuroToxicology, Stephen Bondy from the Environmental Toxicology Program at UCI argues that aluminum…

  • May spark Alzheimer’s.
  • Is connected to brain inflammation.
  • Is a likely factor for increasing the rate that brains age.

If you use antacids as a crutch for your acid reflux, you may be putting your brain at risk.

  1. Antacids can lead to hypophosphatemia.

Hypophosphatemia is just as bad as it sounds. The Merck Manual explains that hypophosphatemia means you have too little phosphate in your blood and this can lead to…

  • Bone weakness.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • And worse.

Here’s the scary part. If you take antacids to treat your chronic acid reflux, you may be placing yourself at risk.

The medical journal QJM released an article on this subject in 2010. In the article, the authors explain that hypophosphatemia is connected to using antacids at a high dose for a long period of time.

Since it’s unlikely the data has drastically changed since QJM released this article, you need to take this warning seriously if you use a heavy dose of antacids to treat your GERD.

  1. Antacids create digestive issues.

Antacids attempt to treat GI issues by easing your acid reflux. But while you’re trying to resolve your digestive issues in one area, you could be creating digestive problems in another area.

According to RxList, antacids—whether they contain aluminum or magnesium—can lead to problems. The article explains that both constipation and diarrhea are side effects of antacids, a nasty fact for those who already suffer enough from digestive issues.

  1. Antacid use doesn’t solve acid reflux.

Antacids aren’t only dangerous for your health. To put it simply, they’re an ineffective solution for a long-term problem. When you rely on antacids to quell the burning in your stomach, you’re merely masking your acid reflux symptoms.

If you want to heal your body from GERD, you need to get to the bottom of what is triggering your acid reflux. Putting a band-aid on your symptoms only keeps you from dealing with your root issues and finding true health.

Heal acid reflux naturally, and find a health-friendly solution for your GERD. Enroll in the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program. During this program, you’ll uncover the things that trigger your discomfort and find real relief without relying on medication.