Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are popular drugs on the market to treat ulcers and GERD.
They’re also used in combination with antibiotics to treat Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria in the stomach that can lead to ulcers and in some cases even stomach cancer.
I’ve been on PPIs myself back in the days when my heartburn and GERD were so bad it was hard to function. What I didn’t know then is that it was brought on by certain foods I was ingesting as well as undetected gut infections. Once I removed the food triggers and cleared up the gut infections, I no longer depended on these drugs.
PPIs can really wreak havoc on your overall health.
According to Dr. Lipman’s article linked below, some of the concerns with PPI use are, “increased risk for stomach cancer, worsening kidney disease, and digestive ills, not to mention issues with dependency.”
According to the article, ironically acid reflux is not caused by too much acid but rather too little stomach acid. You need stomach acid to digest and assimilate your foods and nutrients well. The burning sensation can occur due to undigested food sitting in your stomach that then backs up into your esophagus along with some stomach acid. While PPIs temporarily help the burning sensation, they are actually depleting more stomach acid.
The article also goes on to to share other issues that can occur when taking PPIs long term like:
- Making it harder for you body to absorb vitamins and minerals which can compromise cardiovascular health as well as create malnutrition.
- Malnutrition can cause other issues like anemia, fatigue, bone loss, stomach pain and headaches
- Weakening your immunity and microbiome’s defense against pathogens and viruses
According to Lipman there are many ways to get control over your symptoms and I can say my personal experience it’s true. Once I pinpointed the underlying causes of my painful GERD and heartburn, I was able to eliminate symptoms and the PPIs.
My healing came from changing my diet, reducing stress, eradicating gut imbalances and infections, replenishing stomach acid, vitamins and minerals as well as rebuilding my digestive tract lining with targeting supplements. When I work with clients, we look at all of these things too. We find your healing opportunities through targeted testing and use the data to create personalized plans for healing.
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To read Dr. Lipman’s article use the link below.
PPIs can increase risk of stomach cancer and many other digestive ills. Discover how to tame your symptoms without using dangerous medicines.
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