What You Should Know about PPI Risks and Gut Health

 

For many acid-reflux sufferers, taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) is insurance for a life without the painful symptoms of GERD.

However, the promise of freedom from acid reflux symptoms comes loaded with risks.

If you review medical literature, you’ll unearth research that demonstrates PPIs are associated with dangerous health problems, such as dementia, heart attacks, and kidney disease.

But PPIs also pose a risk for your gut health.

While your gut health may seem unimportant compared to your risk for dementia, nothing could be further from the truth.

In this article, we’ll examine why PPIs threaten your digestive system, why your gut health is so important, and what you can do to minimize your risk.

The Link between PPIs and Your Gut Health

The link between PPIs and the bacteria that exists in the human gut was the focus of a recent study published in the medical journal Gut. After statistical analysis, researchers stated that…

PPI use is consistently associated with profound changes in the gut microbiome…

Before you think that these changes were positive, here’s what the researchers concluded:

  • PPI users had less diversity in their gut bacteria.
  • PPI users had an increased amount of potentially pathogenic gut bacteria.

In addition to this research, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed PPI users were more likely to experience recurrent Clostridium difficile infections, leading the researchers to caution against unnecessary PPI usage.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Clostridium difficile infections are associated with a lack of healthy bacteria and can lead to…

  • Death.
  • A distended colon.
  • A ruptured colon.
  • Kidney failure.
  • Dehydration.

Taken together, these studies reveal that taking PPIs can potentially damage the bacteria in your gut—a fact that has critical implications for your health.

Why Gut Health Is So Important

Your gut health encompasses more than avoiding Clostridium difficile infections. In reality, the state of your digestive system is directly connected to your immune system and your overall well-being.

Current research is just scratching the surface of the connection between your gut and your health. For instance, the Annals of Gastroenterology explains that your gut bacteria play a role in regulating your brain chemistry, and John Hopkins Medicine reports that research is delving into the link between gut bacteria and the diseases of colon cancer and tuberculosis.

Avoiding the Dangers of PPIs

Suffering from chronic GERD is difficult, and your debilitating reflux symptoms can make you dependent on PPIs to soothe your discomfort.

However, you can’t discount the dangerous exchange you might be making as you trade acid-reflux relief for a healthy immune system. The more you depend on PPI medication, the more you’re placing your gut health at risk.

The good news is you can ease your symptoms of GERD without sacrificing your immune system.

There is a way you can reverse your chronic acid reflux while helping—not harming—your gut health: the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program.

The Cure Your Acid Reflux Program is a physician-supervised program that begins with evaluating your situation. The result is a clear path for healing your acid reflux that’s uniquely tailored for your needs.

During the program, you’ll work to correct the bacterial imbalance in your gut, and you’ll also replenish your system with healthy bacteria.

Instead of relying on dangerous medications, you can ease your symptoms and improve your gut health for long-term well-being.

Get off your PPIs, and start healing your digestive system. Enroll in the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program today.