Antacids can mess up your gut.

stomachacheSo you get a stomach ache and reach for that antacid tablet or liquid. Ahhhh! Symptoms gone… but wait… soon they come back. What??? That substance that blocks the production of stomach acid also substantially blocks a normal body process resulting in side effects like more stomach gas, nausea, constipation and diarrhea. Plus it can cause nutrient deficiencies such as Vitamin B12. Acid-blockers reduce the secretion of a compound that binds to and assists the absorption of vitamin B12. So if that antacid reduces B12 absorption you can be at risk for a number of health conditions including dementia.

People using acid blockers are 4.5 times more at risk to develop pneumonia because without the bacteria from the intestine germs can migrate upstream to reach the throat and lungs. People also are more prone to hip fractures when they used acid-blockers. It is thought that these drugs may disrupt bone remodeling making them weaker.

So to avoid this antacid spiral you should consider adding to your diet digestive enzymes including Hydrocholric acid (HCL). The stomach bloating and gas is usually associated with a lack of HCL secretions if it occurs in the first 15 minutes. If it occurs after 45 minutes it is a sign of lack of pancreatic enzymes. For prevention a good all around multi-enzyme that includes protease, lypase, cellulase, lactase and amylase can help digest most of what you eat. We take these at every meal (because as we get older our pancreas gets tired and may not do the job as well), but with a big meal we may take two or three… very good assurance that the stomach aches will be a thing of the past and you won’t have to keep those antacids in your pocket.

ck out his mutli-enzyme we use: http://bit.ly/ZTjsep

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