Common heartburn medicine could increase risk of kidney disease

A sudden, burning sensation strikes your chest.

It hurts to move. You’re having a hard time swallowing or even breathing.

If you didn’t know better, you’d think you were having a heart attack.

But you’re not. You’re just struggling with heartburn.

Heartburn can be agonizing. So I understand why you’d take anything you could to make the pain and irritation go away.

But if you turn to some of the most popular acid-blocking drugs on the market, you could be setting yourself up for permanent organ damage.

Or even early death.

A new study from Johns Hopkins found that people who take proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) could be up to 50 per cent more likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease.

That’s alarming, because people who suffer from chronic kidney disease may not notice any symptoms before it’s too late and their kidneys stop working altogether.

Even worse, another recent study looked at PPI users and found that they were 76 per cent more likely to die early.

That’s not surprising when you look at how these drugs work.

You see, PPIs don’t just block stomach acid. They keep your body from properly absorbing nutrients like B12, vitamin C, magnesium and calcium, all things you need for a healthy heart, brain, bones and immune system.

So while these PPIs may give you some short-term heartburn relief, they can set your health on a dangerous downward spiral.

If you’ve ever taken PPIs for any length of time, it’s probably a good idea to have your doctor check the health of your kidneys through blood and urine tests.

And for natural heartburn relief, look for proven supplements like peppermint, liquorice, and probiotics that can help control stomach acid and settle your stomach.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Common heartburn medicine could increase risk of kidney disease, medicalnewstoday.com

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  1. Thnaks for the info. If you stop taking these drugs will it reverse kidney disease or should I do something to repair my kidneys?

  2. So, what is the solution? I take these drugs on a regular basis. I mean, my diet isn’t great, but I love the food I eat. Will cutting down on milk and sugar help?

  3. I hate those drugs but I have to take them otherwise I suffer too much with heartburn. Can’t seem to win, can you?

  4. Oregano oil with the juice of half a lemon in hot water every morning keeps my heartburn where it belongs – not inside my body.

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