In a nutshell, heartburn occurs when stomach acids back up (or “reflux”) into the esophagus due to the sphincter between the two failing to close entirely.
Two common commercial treatments are antacids and acid blockers.
Acid blockers reduce stomach acid production.
Antacids neutralize or attempt to eliminate the acidity of the stomach contents.
Both use a witches brew of chemicals and minerals, which, over time, build up in the system causing a host of problems.
This element is common in many antacids, and can contribute to phosphate deficiency. Natural phosphate in food reacts with the aluminum to form solid material that is just passed in the stool. To keep enough phosphorus in the blood, the body then takes it out of bones – a problem particularly an issue for older people.
Mental & Nervous System Concerns
Aluminum has also been also linked to kidney problems and possibly Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Magnesium is also a very common ingredient generally used in milder antacids such as Tums. However, they are also laxative and can cause diarrhea and can be a problem for people with poor kidney function.
Other Side Effects of Antacids
Use of antacids can lead to bowel problems that include constipation, nausea and diarrhea or occasional vomiting, as well as kidney stones. Due to , demineralization, bone pain and muscle weakness are possible.
Lastly, stomach acid is a critical part of digestion, and reducing this acid can also limit absorption of nutrients – leading to malnutrition.
As discussed in the previous article, lifestyle changes of diet and exercise can be the greatest approach to a healthy digestive system. Couple that with known “nutraceuticals”, and you’re on your way to a long term cure as opposed to a quick fix.
There are many herbs that lend themselves to this healing process, among them, is a derivative of the Persian Oak or Brant’s Oak. This native of Western Asia has been used in traditional medicines for centuries without side effects, without long term damage. It reduces acid production so that the esophagus can heal.
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