If you’re prone to acid reflux, this time of year can feel like leaping headfirst into a bubbling vat of stomach acid.
There’s the stress of the holidays (on top of the anxiety of the endless pandemic). Then there are the massive holiday feasts that are, in many cases, making a comeback this year.
And, of course, there’s the parade of endless sweets and treats you swear you’re only going to take one little bite of.
Next thing you know, you’re in total agony as your acid reflux kicks in with a vengeance. Your gut boils over, burning your throat and mouth and leaving you miserable beyond belief.
Doctors call it Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. But I call it agony. And I’ll share my own tip for quick reflux relief in a moment.
But first, new research reveals a way to END that pain once and for all. And it’s not with any of the acid-reducing drugs on the market. It’s with a whole new approach, instead.
The dangers of acid-reflux drugs
A bout of acid reflux can really ruin your day fast. And if it happens at night… well, you’re not getting much sleep, are you?
But as agonizing as the burning bubbling pain of acid reflux is, there’s something even worse. And that’s the PPI drugs used to treat it.
PPIs can wipe out stomach acid. Which might sound fantastic at first. But in most cases having too much stomach acid isn’t the problem. And suppressing yours can lead to even MORE issues.
Slashing or nearly eliminating your stomach acid levels can mess with your digestion. Without a sufficient amount of acid, it becomes difficult, or even impossible, to pull critical nutrients out of your food, especially vitamin B12 and essential minerals.
That sets the stage for dangerous deficiencies. And it gets worse. Long-term use of PPIs can potentially lead to bone loss, infections, a higher risk for diabetes, and even cancer. (Check out my earlier report to find out how these drugs can send your risk for certain infections soaring.)
But the new study finds one simple step that can help reduce, or even eliminate, the need for those risky acid reflux medications.
Beat GERD without meds
It turns out all you have to do is lose some weight.
Now I know what you’re thinking. There’s nothing easy at all about that. But I promise you, in this case, success will be easier than you can imagine.
Because the research found it almost doesn’t matter how much you lose, only that you lose something. Even just a few pounds can make a huge difference when it comes to acid reflux.
In the new study, nearly a third of patients who lost a little weight had so much improvement in their acid reflux symptoms that they could quit their meds altogether.
Another 15 percent who couldn’t quite quit the drugs were able to at least reduce their use.
And it was all thanks to a little weight loss. And when I say “A LITTLE,” I really mean it. Some of the volunteers lost as few as 2 pounds, and for most, it was about 6-7 pounds.
You can do that. Heck, just about ANYONE can do that in just a couple of weeks of not-very-rigorous dieting. Start now, and you could even reach your goal well before Christmas. And then, you can test out your new acid-reflux-free digestive system on that holiday dinner.
And if the acid reflux doesn’t fade away entirely or fast enough, try this tip to quickly ease the agony. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda into a cool glass of water. Let it sit, and knock it back when the water turns clear.
Sure, it’s a little old-fashioned. But it works.
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