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Indigestion-Is Pepto Bismol Your BBF?

When it comes to symptoms like acid reflux, acid indigestion, heartburn, and regurgitation, they all point to the same underlying issue.

 

Contrary to what commercials often suggest, it's not necessarily excess stomach acid that's to blame.


Yet, around 15 million individuals in the U.S. rely on antacid products such as Tums or Mylanta, or opt for stronger medications like Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium or Prilosec to manage acid reflux. Surprisingly, studies reveal that 70% of these individuals derive no significant benefit or long-term relief from these medications.



This poses a concern, especially considering that many people extend their use of these medications beyond the recommended duration.


For instance, Prilosec OTC, a widely used acid reflux medication, advises users to take one pill daily for up to 14 days, with a maximum frequency of every four months unless directed otherwise by a doctor.




However, it's not uncommon for individuals to "graduate" to prescription strength or to use these medications for prolonged periods without the specified breaks.



Recent research, like a study published in Neurology, has even suggested a potential link between long-term use of proton pump inhibitors and a higher risk of dementia, emphasizing the need for caution in

their use.


Considering the prevalence of acid reflux affecting more than 3 million individuals annually across all age groups, it's crucial to understand that acid reflux and its more severe form, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), are not diseases themselves but symptoms of underlying issues.


This distinction underscores the importance of addressing the root causes rather than merely treating the symptoms.


At Krager Wellness, we recognize the significance of holistic approaches to digestive health.


Our Whole Health Digestive Program offers tailored support for addressing acid reflux and other digestive concerns.



Schedule a Complimentary Consultation today to discuss your health goals and explore personalized solutions.



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