heartburn

  1. DOUSE your heartburn with this natural “candy”

    It’s that time of year again! 

    You know, when it’s almost IMPOSSIBLE to avoid overeating. 

    There’s turkey and all the fixings at Thanksgiving… Christmas hams and cookies … and all of those holiday dinner parties with friends.  

    And before long, you start to “feeling the flames”... and I’m not talking about the Yule Log.  

    Nope, it’s that heartburn fire in your stomach – and it can burn all the way up into your throat.  

    Luckily, there’s a natural “candy” that can calm even the most nagging heartburn 

    It’s cheap… easy to get your hands on… and I use it in my practice all the time.  

    The “candy cure” for heartburn 

    First, let me tell you what you DON’T want to do – and that’s take proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium and Prilosec.  

    Recent research has revealed that taking PPIs on a regular basis increases your risk of infectious gastroenteritis by a WHOPPING 70 percent.  

    That’s a dangerous bacterial infection of the stomach that can land you in a hospital.  

    Scientists believe this is because the stomach acids that are blocked by PPIs also provide the first line of defense against these nasty bugs. Remove the acids, and you open the door for these bad bacteria to take up residence.  

    If you take PPIs regularly, you’re also at higher risk for liver and kidney diseases… heart attack and stroke… and even dementia.  

    So, if you want to douse those burning flames in your belly and throat, try deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) instead.  

    DGL boosts your natural mucus production. This acts as a barrier to excess acid and protects your stomach and esophagus 

    This barrier allows your tissues to HEAL, and STOPS the damage in its tracks! 

    I’ve used DGL (made from REAL licorice… not the kind you find in the candy aisle) with my own patients. And the results are INCREDIBLE. 

    You can find DGL tablets in your local health store or online. Just chew two tablets slowly for 15 minutes before every meal and at bedtime.  

  2. Heartburn meds increase your risk of stomach infections

    Acid blockers invite bad bugs into your belly

    Look, it happens.

    You might pour too much gravy onto your holiday roast... treat yourself to a slice of "yule log" cake... or realize too late that the eggnog was spiked.

    Whoops!

    When you've got acid reflux, holiday parties are full of potential triggers.

    It may be cold outside -- but one misstep, and suddenly you're burning up INSIDE.

    No wonder so many Americans turn to drugs like Prilosec and Nexium to stop heartburn before it even starts!

    But according to a new study, the relief those so-called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) give you in the short term may come back to haunt you in the long term -- because using them could put you on the fast track straight to the hospital.

    And instead of a burning in your throat, you could be dealing with a potentially lethal stomach infection.

    The study out of Australia followed over 38,000 older folks, about half of whom were active PPI users. The rest of the group had either never taken PPIs or stopped over a year before the study began.

    After four years, it turned out that the active PPI users were a whopping 70 PERCENT more likely than the rest of the participants to be hospitalized with infectious gastroenteritis, a nasty bacterial infection of the stomach.

    But even those who had quit PPIs a year prior to the study's start had an elevated risk -- which means that taking PPIs NOW could make you more vulnerable to stomach infections years LATER!

    And the higher the dosage of PPIs the participants took, the higher their risk of winding up in a hospital bed.

    The theory is that when PPIs block production of the stomach acid that causes your heartburn, they also rob your body of its first line of defense against any pathogens that may hitch a ride in via the food you swallow.

    And when bad bugs aren't killed by your stomach acid, they could take up residence... and multiply until they sicken you with diarrhea so deadly that you need hospital care.

    Unfortunately, the problems with PPIs don't just begin and end in your gut. These drugs can also saddle you with liver and kidney diseases... up your risk of heart attack and stroke... and even bring on dementia.

    So, if you don't want to be troubled by the "ghosts" of PPIs past, present, or future, try some natural ways to ambush that acid.

    For starters, be mindful as you graze at the buffet: Avoid spicy and acidic foods like citrus or tomatoes, which are known to kick up acid production.

    And don't pile your plate too high -- because packing on pounds can worsen acid reflux.

    Instead of drinking alcohol, which is an acid trigger, the only "cocktail" you should be mixing up is a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved into a glass of water.

    I also recommend capsules of Chios mastic gum, which can bring your acid levels down AND may also kill off nasty gut bugs.

  3. Heartburn meds promote chronic liver disease

    PPIs could light a fire in your liver You've just had a big, satisfying meal... and a couple of drinks... and the next thing you know it's "Burn, baby, burn." And no, I don't mean a "disco inferno" out on the dance floor -- I'm talking about the blaze that's burning in your chest! Heartburn, acid reflux, GERD -- whatever...
  4. Relieve heartburn without getting a stomach infection

    Some popular heartburn meds -- both PPIs and H2 blockers -- have been found to damage the bacterial balance in your stomach, lowering your defenses against stomach infections. Here's how to stay safe while alleviating your symptoms.
  5. Heartburn drugs linked to kidney failure

    Folks taking popular heartburn meds have 96 percent increased risk of kidney failure, study says.
  6. PPI heartburn drugs linked to heart attack

    The PPI heartburn drugs taken by millions can increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 20 percent, according to new research.
  7. Feds ignoring call for stronger warnings on PPIs

    A leading public interest group is hauling the FDA to court for refusing to respond to a petition on the dangers of popular heartburn drugs.
  8. Heartburn drugs can rob you of B12

    Common stomach acid meds such as proton pump inhibitors can cause vitamin B12 deficiency, according to a new warning.
  9. When two-for-one is a bad deal

    Pills and more pills. First you've got the pills you're supposed to take, and then you've got the pills you've got to take to deal with the side effects from the first ones.
  10. PPIs in new fracture link

    If a permanent case of the runs isn't enough to keep you away from proton pump inhibitors, maybe this will do the trick: These drugs can also leave you crippled for the rest of your life.

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