Antacids also contain excessive amounts of sodium, aluminum, calcium, and magnesium,
so prolonged use can lead to serious mineral imbalances.
Excess sodium aggravates
high blood pressure
excess aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer's disease.
When you take antacids the production of acid is blocked, so they will mask the symptoms of your acid reflux or GERD.
However, hydrochloric acid and the digestive enzyme pepsin, play an important role
in breaking down and digesting food in order for your body to use the nutrients.
Pepsin needs an acidic environment in order to work.
With long term use of these medications, the stomach becomes
"lazy" and the
production of hydrochloric acid is reduced, resulting in hypochloridria.
The indigestion continues and...
when you stop taking these
medications the problems are often much worse!
Long term use of antacids
will lead to:
- inability to absorb iron, calcium,
protein, vitamin B12
- total lack of energy
- an exacerbation the situation
- high blood pressure
- toxicity in the body
When you aren't absorbing calcium and protein, every part of your body will be weakened over time.
Protein is needed for every cell, hair, skin, nails, bones, teeth, muscles, tendons, ligaments, eyes, tissues, growth and repair, enzymes and hormones, for metabolism and digestion, etc.
But by all means if you are taking medication consult your doctor first
before making any changes.