Are you suffering from heartburn and reaching for over-the-counter medicine or a prescription acid blocker daily? Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, commonly known as heartburn, is typically treated with drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or over-the-counter medications known as “antacids.” 

Too Little Stomach Acid? It’s reported that over 90 percent of people with “acid indigestion” are not making too much stomach acid, but too little stomach acid, i.e. hypochlorhydria. Symptoms include bloating, belching, gas, indigestion, diarrhea or constipation. Stomach acid not only plays a critical role in digestion but also helps to protect you from food poisoning. In addition, a study found that users of heartburn and ulcer drugs such as Nexium, Pepcid and Prilosec faced almost double the risk of developing pneumonia after nearly three years of use. 

Weight Gain & Osteoporosis! A recent study revealed that patients on PPIs gained an average of eight pounds over two years of use compared to those receiving a placebo. More importantly, as stomach acid is needed to not only break down proteins but also to absorb nutrients, especially calcium, iron, zinc and B12. Taking PPIs long term is linked to osteoporosis, anemia, increased risk of fracture, kidney problems, and dementia. A study published in JAMA Neurology reported that the reduction of B12 caused by these drugs leaves the brain vulnerable to damage. 

What to do? Enhance digestion. If you suffer from occasional heartburn and acid indigestion, discuss it with your health care professional. If digestive enzymes are recommended, let us help you choose a formula that is best for you.  Herbs such as marshmallow, slippery elm and aloe have soothing properties while either plant-based enzymes or HCL may assist with efficient digestion of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Support the body’s natural processes rather than suppress enzyme activity. 

Stop by The Natural Alternative and let our friendly staff assist you in finding the right digestive support. 

Get ready for your Thanksgiving dinner with 20 percent off all digestive enzymes during the month of November! 

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Thank You! We love supporting your good health!

Bobbi and her team at The Natural Alternative

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