Acid reflux is a big problem. Forty-four percent of Americans have heartburn at least once a month, and 25 to 35 percent have reflux. But acid blockers won’t solve this epidemic. In fact, these drugs cause all sorts of other difficulties, increasing your risk of pneumonia, bloating and the overgrowth of “bad bugs” in your gut.
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Acid blockers can prevent your stomach from absorbing nutrients from food, such as vitamin B12 or zinc. The consequences are serious and include depression, neuropathy, memory problems, digestive issues, osteoporosis, and much more.
So try these steps on your own to figure out what may be causing your reflux. You just might find relief.