Can a Ketogenic Diet Help People with Acid Reflux?
Dangers of Antacid Drugs
As mentioned earlier, prescription antacids inhibit the natural, normal secretion of stomach acid. But stomach acid is essential for proper digestion, including the liberation of vitamins and minerals from food.
The old saying, “You are what you eat” isn’t quite accurate. You’re not what you eat but rather, what you digest and absorb. So imagine the consequences for someone who has been dutifully taking a powerful antacid for years, maybe decades. Their absorption of key nutrients has been compromised for this length of time, which can affect any number of body systems and functions.
Owing to reduced absorption of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, and vitamin B12, long-term antacid use is associated with increased risk for several alarming outcomes: chronic kidney disease, iron deficiency, hypomagnesemia (low blood magnesium), bone fractures, B12 deficiency, pneumonia, and dementia. People who consume these drugs for extended periods of time think all they’re doing is reducing their stomach acid. They often have no idea that the consequences can be so dire.
Over-the-counter antacids may not carry risks quite as severe as prescription versions. Rather than preventing the normal secretion of stomach acid the way the prescription PPIs and H2 receptor antagonists do, OTC antacids buffer or neutralize acid that has been produced. Taken often, though, and over the long term, the way many individuals use them, it’s possible for them to ultimately lead to some of the same conditions the prescription medications do.
Considering these very serious issues, it would be helpful to find a natural strategy for eliminating acid indigestion.
Enter carbohydrate restriction!
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