Although they’ve never been formally tested for use beyond a few months, millions of people have been using acid reducers for YEARS because the general consensus is that they are effective and safe.
Well, the first of those descriptions is only partially true and the second is far from true.
Here’s what I mean.
Acid reducers—are they effective?
The answer to that question is: Sometimes, yes.
If excess stomach acid is triggering heartburn and reflux, to reduce the acid that can potentially slide up into the throat can be perceived as relief.
From the heartburn, that is.
But lo and behold, there are other problems that can pop up further down the road as the result of the acid shut-down (more on that below).
Plus if someone has heartburn or reflux stemming from too little stomach acid (which is also a common problem), acid reducers will be useless.
Are acid reducers safe?
Nothing your body does from a biological perspective is unimportant or by accident—and that includes your stomach’s ability to secrete acid.
Reducing or crippling the acid secreting capability in your stomach can lead to these problems:
1- Impaired digestion
Your body must have stomach acid to properly break down proteins. So when you eat protein, your stomach naturally secretes acid.
But if you use acid reducers, the medication shuts down this biological reaction.
Your stomach senses something's wrong and tries to secrete acid to trigger digestion again…but the medication keeps “working” and shutting it down.
The end result is accumulated acid in your stomach that can come rising up your throat—precisely what you were hoping to prevent!
Plus when the initial breakdown of foods in the stomach is interrupted, that can lead to poor digestion-related problems further down the GI tract too—gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
Those symptoms are shown as side effects for most acid reducers and now you know why that is so.
2- Vitamin B12 deficiency
The vitamin B12 in your foods is bound to proteins that must be cleaved off before the B12 can be absorbed by your system.
But when your stomach acid is suppressed by acid reducers, vitamin B12 cannot be released from the protein like it needs to be.
Over time this can result in vitamin B12 deficiency, which can lead to health issues including memory problems, depression, low energy and a weak immune system.
3- Crippled protection
One of the crucial functions of stomach acid is to destroy dangerous pathogens (like salmonella or E. coli) you might ingest with your food.
Without the protection of properly working stomach acid, you are defenseless against many dangerous microbes in your food, and may end up very sick as a result.
4- Imbalanced gut flora
As a consequence of poor digestion and the waste buildup that typically results from it, your intestinal flora balance can be thrown off balance.
Not only can this hamper your immune system and make you more susceptible to illness, but it impairs your digestion even more because the friendly bacteria in your gut help to digest starches and fibers.
And that can mean gas and bloating.
In addition, your friendly flora helps your body absorb nutrients and even produces nutrients too, so you may be more susceptible to deficiencies.
The REAL causes behind heartburn
Now that you've hopefully gotten the idea that acid reducers are not always effective and they’re anything but safe, let's look at the 3 root causes of heartburn and what can be done about them.
Cause #1: Food
It never ceases to amaze me how people load up on junk food or meals that are next-to-impossible to digest, then wonder why they feel like a fire-breathing dragon.
But just as easily as the wrong diet can cause digestive problems, having the right diet can help eliminate them.
When you eat real foods that are nourishing to your body and put together meals that are easier for your system to break down, you can help naturally ease heartburn as well as gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
The Great Taste No Pain program is your ticket here.
Great Taste No Pain will show you step by step exactly what to do. It spells out which foods break down better together in meals, as well as teaches you why eating this way is so effective—it’s based on simple chemistry and the human digestive system.
And it's delicious too--I didn't skimp on the "Great Taste" part! Just wait until you try the luscious dishes in the recipe section.
Cause #2: Too few enzymes
If you've eaten a typical modern-type diet for quite some time, chances are excellent that you have expended far more digestive enzymes than Nature ever intended you to.
As a result, your body's ability to produce adequate enzymes may be greatly reduced...and this can be a major contributing factor to poor digestion and acid reflux!
If you suspect low enzymes are a concern for you, or have out and out been told you're low in stomach acid, then Digestizol Max can be the help you need.
Digestizol Max's 15 plant-derived enzymes can help give your body a boost to keep your digestion smooth and efficient -- and help make heartburn a thing of the past for you.
Cause #3: Stress
Stress is also a common cause of ruined digestion.
Digestion is a parasympathetic process, meaning your body must be in a relaxed, non-stressed state for it to be accomplished efficiently.
So slow down and relax! Avoid eating in a stressed state. Make time for meals and don't eat on the run.
See what a difference it makes in how you feel when you naturally put an end to heartburn.