Somebody told me today about having some blood work done. She mentioned that she was taking Prilosec for heartburn and a little bit of stomach pain caused by an ulcer and a few minor nothings that messed with her now and then.
Her doctor said to take Prilosec but only when she was experiencing problems.
Usually too much stomach acid causes problems, but too little stomach acid can also make for some discomfort. So we are lucky to have so many tests available so we can narrow in on the correct cause.
I am not trying to write about stomach acid, but I have to so I can get around to what I thought was worth telling you about.
Minor indigestion discomfort and tummy pains are an annoyance, and it seems that people who start a steady diet of antacids can become hooked, which means your tummy hurts all the time. Tummy is kind of a female word but I use it because it is more user friendly and not so threatening or worrisome when just using it as a generic for indigestion and minor pain.
Prilosec (OTC) and similar products decrease the amount of acid produced in the stomach and reductions of stomach acid can cause their own problems and so it’s worth knowing at least a little about it if your are afflicted.
Here’s the first eye opener
My friend’s doctor mentioned to her that antacids can interfere with calcium absorption because calcium likes (HCI) Hydrochloric Acid for absorption of the mineral.
That is one reason that individuals taking a calcium-spiked antacid, and believing they are getting a double whammy benefit — no heartburn and a free dose of calcium that most people think is connected to being good for bones and avoiding osteoporosis — might want to do a little exploratory reading just to make sure they are getting it correct when they stop at the antacid counter and grab a roll of Tums or whatever.
I don’t know this as the result of a study or anything like that, but I have heard so many people talking about needing an antacid, that they always need an antacid, and have always needed an antacid.
Well, that’s a pain to be chasing stomach issues all the time, and it would be nice to find something else and better, yes?
There are things such as digestive enzymes and probiotics that can do wonders for some people having digestive issues. I know people who began taking enzymes and it was almost miraculous how their stomach problems and heartburn disappeared.
I don’t believe manufacturers are trying to trick us into taking their antacid products by advertising them as being effective against heartburn and also giving us the double whammy dose of Calcium at the same time. I mean, that’s good, it sounds goods, and many people, especially women are worried about osteoporosis and needing more dietary calcium so it would make some sense that if you need an antacid AND calcium you would go for the tablet that gives you both at the same time.
It makes sense, but …
Prior to dosing with calcium as a preventive or treatment for Osteoporosis, you would be doing yourself a favor if you did some light reading about calcium, heartburn, and Osteoporosis so you aren’t wasting money while taking calcium and an antacid at the same time thus cancelling out each other.
Prescription treatments are in a different class than the over-the-counter antacids and so you want to know what you are getting yourself into. Your doctor would probably know about Calcium and need for HCI to make it get absorbed so it won’t hurt to ask for their expertise.
Now and then I get an insane heartburn. I have no idea how come, but wow it hurts. Seems like it has to do with fat consumption a few hours ahead of going to sleep. I guess laying on my side or back with some fat in the plumbing is not user-friendly for my inner workings.
Maybe it happens once or twice in six months, but I have found that Baking Soda knocks it out pronto.
I don’t know how to compare my heartburn to yours on a pain level, but I run for the baking soda if it happens to me. I actually have a small container of baking soda in my carry-on bag just in case, and that bag goes to the gym with me, too.
That’s just a thought you might want to keep in mind if heartburn hits you occasionally. My parents used to use baking soda for that purpose, and I am 70 so it’s been around a while.
And then there is Apple Cider Vinegar
I read about this some ages ago and it does work if it is the correct kind of heartburn, which I don’t know how to identify as being the correct kind, but sometimes it works, and if not I just follow it up with baking soda and does the trick.
By the way, baking soda causes a major burp to let me know it is working. And it does work. I promise.
I would not do any of the above unless you have only occasional heartburn (meaning it is not anything serious).
I think I’m going to do a column soon about Apple Cider Vinegar and all the stuff it is good for, which is pretty surprising when you get into it.
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