If you have chronic indigestion, you could be at a significantly higher risk of suffering a broken bone. At least that’s what federal health regulators are telling doctors.
Of course, it’s not the chronic indigestion that puts your bones at risk. It’s the drugs your doctor will likely prescribe for you. Thus, the warning to doctors.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, heartburn drugs severely weaken your bones if you take them for just one year. The FDA said several studies indicate the drugs, which include Nexium and Prilosec, increase your risk of hip, wrist, and spine fractures.
These drugs are proton pump inhibitors, which means they prevent the production of stomach acid. Why would this increase your risk of bone fracture?
Minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, are vital for bone health. But they require stomach acid to break them down and make them available for absorption. Without stomach acid, your body can’t absorb these and other minerals your bones need to stay healthy.
I suspect we’ll hear a lot more bad news about these drugs in the coming months. You can’t stop a vital bodily function and not expect serious consequences.
If you suffer from chronic indigestion, avoid these drugs. There are better ways to treat your indigestion. First, find out if you really have too much acid. Many cases of indigestion are due to too little stomach acid. The next time you have an attack, take a teaspoon of lemon juice. If it gets better, then you know you’re not producing enough acid. In that case, buy hydrochloric acid (HCl) tablets from your local health food store or online and follow the instructions on the bottle.
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You also need to take nutrients that will help strengthen and balance your entire digestive system. The best product for doing that is Integrative Digestive Formula from Advanced Bionutritionals. For more information on how it can help heal your stomach, follow this link.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.