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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.

5 Ways to Avoid Acid Reflux Trigger Foods

You know your acid reflux trigger foods

Coffee.

A juicy hotdog.

Spaghetti.

But that doesn’t mean you always avoid them.

You may find yourself relying on antacids, H2 blockers, or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) simply because you can’t seem to resist your favorite foods.

I once had a group of employees who enjoyed chicken wings. Once a week, they would take heartburn medication so they could order wings for lunch.

But the fact is that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can’t be beaten unless you purposefully avoid the foods that cause flare-ups.

If you want to break free of medication and experience relief from your acid reflux symptoms, you’ll need to be proactive.

Even if you’ve begun to heal your stomach naturally, it can be tempting to slip into the old eating habits.

It’s easy to start nibbling on your forbidden foods—and forget that you’re unraveling the progress you’ve made.

Here are 5 practical ways you can avoid acid reflux trigger foods and the resulting burning symptoms:

#1 Cook from home.

Cooking from home can help you avoid a GERD flare-up. Because you’re in charge of your recipes and ingredients, the power of healing is placed in your hands.

Begin making intentional choices to forgo convenience, and prepare homemade meals.

One way to know which foods you should include (or avoid) in your cooking is to take an immunoglobulin G food sensitivity test. This test will reveal the foods your body may be sensitive to so you can cut certain ingredients in your cooking.

#2 Avoid certain restaurants.

Just because you’re cooking from home doesn’t mean you can’t go out to eat! However, you’ll need to be proactive. Certain restaurants make it harder to avoid your acid reflux trigger foods.

Here are some places to skip if you have other options:

  • Italian restaurants. Tomato sauce is a staple of Italian cuisine…and it can also trigger your acid reflux symptoms.
  • Chinese restaurants. Some Chinese foods are fried, which triggers GERD issues.
  • Fast food restaurants. This is a huge no-no for acid reflux sufferers. If you have to eat at a fast food place, opt for a healthy salad instead.

#3 Recognize circumstances that tempt you to turn to trigger foods.

You probably have certain go-to foods. You may turn to a donut when you don’t have a healthy snack on hand. You may be tempted to head to the nearest greasy spoon if you haven’t prepared dinner.

Pinpoint the circumstances to make it easier to avoid foods that stir up GERD symptoms. You’ll recognize the temptations that eventually lead to burning, nausea, and belching.

#4 Replace trigger foods with healthy substitutes.

After you’ve identified the situations that nudge you toward unhealthy cravings, it’s time to take action. Brainstorm how you can replace your acid reflux trigger foods with better substitutes.

For instance, try some fresh-cut peaches instead of a that bowl of ice cream. And instead of going to the coffee pot, why not drink a healthy smoothie?

#5 Learn to practice discipline.

You can’t always avoid tricky situations and restaurants. The key to staying on the path to healing is to practice discipline. At first, it may seem difficult…until you consider all the benefits:

  • Avoiding trigger foods helps keep you out of pain. Remember how painful your burning symptoms were? Eating trigger foods will bring these back again.
  • Avoiding trigger foods helps your stomach heal naturally. You’re giving your body a chance to repair.

If you need help identifying your trigger foods and getting the support you need to avoid them, sign up for my Cure Your Acid Reflux Program.

We’ll examine your unique situation and tailor a program to heal your acid reflux naturally.