10 Causes of Acid Reflux & How To Easily Treat Them
The problem with acid lowering drugs
If the acid lowering drugs don’t treat the cause of reflux, but they do take away the symptoms of reflux, and potentially prevent esophageal cancer and ulcers, then what is the problem you may ask.
Decreased vitamin and mineral absorption
Decreased Magnesium Absorption:
In March 2011, the FDA released a warning regarding low serum magnesium levels associated with long-term use of PPIs –
Because magnesium is a key mineral in over 300 different enzyme reactions in the body, a deficiency in magnesium can affect your health in many ways.
Decreased Calcium Absorption:
Long-term PPI drug use has been associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis and decreased bone mineral density (BMD), with a 35% increased risk of fractures. Especially for women who have a greater risk of fractures, this can be a real problem.
PPI medications like Nexium, Pariet and Losec also affect the absorption of other nutrients like B12, Zinc, Iron and Vitamin C. A deficiency in these nutrients can cause problems with energy, mood, hormones and other aspects of health, because they take some time to appear it is often not associated with medications causing these problems.
Proton Pump Inhibitors and Fatigue
Proton pumps aren’t limited to the stomach; they are present in just about every cell in your body. All of your cells, with the exception of red blood cells, have mitochondria that allow your body to metabolize carbohydrates and fat to produce energy. They do this by pumping protons across the membrane to generate a source of electric potential that can be harnessed to form ATP, the body’s main storage form of energy.
The PPI medication that is prescribed to inhibit the stomach from releasing stomach acid can also affect our energy producing systems, it may inhibit stomach acid but can leave us feeling flat in the process.