Are antacids the answer to your reflux or GERD?
First of all, these medications block the absorption of nutrients like zinc, folic acid, B12, calcium, and iron. This can lead to fatigue, anemia, and depression.
BUT EVEN WORSE THAN THAT, long term use of medications like Tums, Tagamet, Zantac, etc. can block all stomach acid…. Which is what you want, right? Wrong!
Turns out, your body needs acid. Here’s Why:
- The esophageal sphincter is stimulated to close by the release of stomach acids. Picture the esophageal sphincter as being a door that separates our esophagus (throat) from our stomachs. The door is opened by the food we take in and closed when the naturally occurring stomach acid is released. When there’s not enough acid present—because antacids have neutralized them—the esophageal sphincter may not close properly, allowing acid to travel back up into the esophagus and cause heartburn. Ironic, isn’t it? Antacids can actually make heartburn worse.
- The stomach needs acid to break down proteins for digestion. No protein digestion means no amino acids. No amino acids means no neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, etc.). This can lead to all sorts of problems: including intestinal permeability, anemia, fatigue, increased allergy disorders, depression, anxiety, and bacterial and yeast overgrowth.
- An acidic environment is one of the body’s first lines of defense, destroying viruses, parasites, yeast, and bacteria.
THE GOOD NEWS IS, THERE IS ANOTHER WAY
I hope you can join me for Wednesday night’s live Facebook video. I’ll be sharing more information about the likely causes of your digestive issues, and giving you concrete tips on what you can do to fix the problem…. naturally.