Anti-acids and acid blockers have a negative effect on general health – stomach acid

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Stomach Acid

Normal stomach acid assists in killing bad bacteria and fungi in the stomach. It is also needed for protein absorption and assists with vitamin and mineral absorption.

Anti-acids decrease stomach acid and can affect the following:

a. Reduced absorption of vitamins and minerals and that can lead to the following:

  • Systemic decline in general health
  • Reduced neurological function
  • Weakened immune system
  • Prone to osteopenia and osteoporosis
  • Tiredness

b. Reduced absorption of proteins can lead to the following

  • Hair loss and weak nails
  • Muscles that have weakened
  • Decreased enzyme secretions
  • Slow healing

c. Bacteria and fungi can easily flourish and lead to the following

  • Inflammation of the stomach lining
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Ulcers in the stomach
  • Cancer of the stomach
  • Failure of the heart

Be very careful to just take anti-acids. Rather establish the cause of the problem and address that. Have you got reflux or heartburn? If so and you cannot solve your reflux or heartburn contact your integrated healthcare professional to assist you.

References

www.medford.co.za

www.drmeletis.com

 

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Dr James Liddell is an Integrated Healthcare Specialist (B.Pharm; M.Pharm; PhD; SAPC and PSSA registered) specialising in integrating different disciplines of healthcare to ensure holistic healthcare solutions. With 25 years experience as a Pharmacist, Dr of Nutrition and Complementary & Alternative Medicine Healthcare Practitioner, he believes lifestyle is ultimately the key to optimal health; a good nutritional foundation combined with sound emotional health are the fundamentals to what he calls ‘the optimal health zone’.