Why antacids don’t necessarily help with digestion and in the long run might jeopardize our health

antacids dissolving in glass
“Ignoring facts does not make them go away.” - Fran Tarkenton

Antacids are no real peacemaker.

The deep fried mini-shrimps in my stomach are fighting with the corn dogs. I don’t know on what side the German potato salad is or the ice-tea. This has to stop. I like peace so I send the peacemaker antacid on its way. May this issue be settled soon?

And it works. Shortly after the discomfort of a gastric attack, indigestion or heartburn the pain is gone.

I know. I have the same question as you. How did the antacids convince the shrimps and the corn dogs to stop fighting?

Unfortunately, that’s not what really happens. Antacids do not solve the issue. They didn’t talk to the shrimps or the dogs. They just demanded the stomach to shut up which is not very diplomatic. But sadly this is how we deal with pain nowadays. Something hurts and we pop a painkiller to make it stop. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to have that option. If we experience discomfort and pain over and over again than it might be time to start listening and investigating why our body is in pain. In this case it’s because of too little or too much stomach acid.

What do you think of the following situation: Your partner is demanding that you hammer 100 nails into a brick wall within the next hour. The only hiccup is you are not allowed to use any tools like a hammer. Does that sound like a mission impossible? Yes it does.

Antacids tell the stomach to shut the f### up.

We put our stomach in the same situation when we use antacids. We demand the stomach to digest food. The stomach uses its tool stomach acid to break down food. For reasons that have to be investigated the stomach produces too much or too little acid, which puts us in discomfort. Because we don’t like to be in discomfort, we use antacids to neutralize stomach acid. This hinders proper digestion. If digestion is hindered we can’t absorb nutrients and therefor won’t be as healthy as we should be.

Faulty digestion is a cornerstone for the onset of disease. The following is why it is important to have the right amounts of stomach acid:

  • Stomach acid is crucial for the absorption of minerals and amino acids (the building blocks from protein).

  • Low stomach acid and a sluggish liver compromise bile flow which is needed to emulsify fat.

  • Proteins and fats that aren’t broken down properly can cause deficiencies and allergies.

  • A lack of amino acids can resolve into a lack of enzymes that are needed to digest food.

  • A lack of fatty acids could lead to a lack of building blocks for hormones.

To make a long story short: Antacids do not solve the problem of an over or underactive stomach. They are not a long-term solution and can jeopardize our health. We have to start listening to our bodies and stop seeking relief with medication. Making Ernst will teach you how to improve digestion and how to live without antacids!

Antacids may contain aluminum.

Read this blog post about aluminum, which might also be an ingredient in your antacid and why it’s not good for your health.

Why antacids don’t necessarily help with digestion and in the long run might jeopardize our health by
Tanja Knapp
About the Author
Tanja Knapp

Tanja Knapp is an Explorer, Adventurer and Happiness Hunter currently camping in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Her roots are in Germany where she grew up on a remote farm. A colony of abnormal cells in her cervix taught her the lesson that would change her life forever. Life doesn't get better by chance, it get better by change. She truly believes in creating happiness & health through constant adapting, growing and evolving. Her super power is curiosity. With her blog she likes to inspire others to explore uncharted territory.

If she is not busy writing, running, swimming or cycling, she is expanding her knowledge, exploring the World, and taking on new challenges.

She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and graduated with an Honors diploma in Holistic Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2013. She obtained a Hospitality certification in 1998 and a Marketing Communications diploma in 2004. She has worked both in Europe and North America.

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