The truth about antacids

Antacids are the number 1 selling over-the-counter medication, and the 4th most prescribed prescription drug in the world today.

They provide a quick fix for common digestive problems like heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, and gas pain which are caused by excess acid in your system.

The science of it?

The reason that most antacid brands work is because they all contain alkaline minerals like calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and sodium bicarbonate. These alkaline minerals are then able to help neutralise the acid.

However, just like how adding alkaline minerals such as baking soda and sea salt to your water to turn it alkaline isn’t a long-term solution as it can create health problems of its own, so can taking antacids regularly.

When you ingest overly acidic foods, your body tries neutralise those acids by pulling alkaline minerals from its internal reserve. This is because our blood must remain at a pH of 7.35 in order for us to survive, the body will do whatever is required to preserve that delicate pH balance.

When your alkaline reserves are low (as we get older and continue to eat increasingly unhealthy foods), our bodies may need to pull alkaline minerals from places like our bones, heart and eyes, i.e. the rise in osteoporosis, heart failure and poor eyesight among middle-aged and elderly people.

What are the dangers of frequent antacid use?

Reducing or blocking the production of your stomach acid by frequently ingesting antacids can leave you undernourished, because your body may not be able to properly absorb proteins and vitamins from your food.

If you are undernourished your immune system could break down, making you more susceptible to things like food poisoning, parasites, peptic ulcers and more. These can be caused by the fungi and bacteria in your food that would normally be killed by the stomach acid.

What is a better solution?

When you follow an alkaline diet consisting of 80% alkaline foods and drink plenty of ionized alkaline water, your odds of experiencing common digestive problems decrease dramatically.

Ask yourself: When was the last time you experienced heartburn, bloating or gas pains? Most likely, it wasn’t after finishing off a plate of steamed veggies or a healthy salad. No, those issues usually occur after consuming things like burgers or chips–unhealthy acidic foods our bodies have a hard time digesting.

Some people are confused about the effectiveness of ionized alkaline water, believing that stomach acid will render it useless.

Dr. Robert O. Young explains, “Alkaline electron-rich water…does not trigger the release of sodium bicarbonate and thus does not cause the creation of the acid HCl, so it does not interfere with the alkalizing of the food. In fact alkaline electron-rich water with its high concentration of electrons helps the alkalizing of the food and also helps to neutralize the caustic acidic poisonous HCL, preventing the acidification of the blood and tissues.”

So rather than treat the symptoms of overacidity with an over-the-counter or prescription antacid which can cause further health issues, we recommend that you eat more alkaline foods and drink ionized alkaline water daily. For more information on the benefits of ionized alkaline water visit www.restoreh2o.co.za

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