It strikes THOUSANDS of older Americans every year. A deadly wave of illness, infection, and even death.
But this disaster isn’t being triggered by rotten luck, bad weather, or some horrific new viral strain. It’s caused by medication.
More specifically, it’s ushered in by a common class of drugs used by millions of folks, ESPECIALLY seniors.
They’re taking PPI meds to help CURE the common digestive disorder acid reflux.
But instead of the relief they’re looking for, they could end up suffering from a dangerous digestive infection.
ACID REFLUX drugs can trigger infections
When it strikes, sick doesn’t’ BEGIN to cover how you’re feeling.
You’ve been under the weather many times before. But this is different. You’re not JUST sick.
You’re battling the kind of nightmare illness that requires you to practically move into the bathroom. You know, like a belly churning stomach flu or a case of bowel sweeping food poisoning.
It’s caused by germs, usually from poorly handled food.
But here’s the thing. You’re exposed to these viruses and bacteria far more often than you’d like to think about. And yet, you DON’T usually get sick.
That’s because you’ve got a natural defense system in your stomach that kills germs. This unsung hero… your first line of attack against invaders… is your stomach acid.
But when you take a drug for acid reflux to cut those levels, you’re disarming your built-in bug-fighting barrier. And that can allow nasty viruses to march through and make you sick.
The devastating result is exactly what researchers recently uncovered in a new study. Taking PPI drugs for acid reflux can increase your risk of acute viral gastroenteritis by an astounding 80 percent.
And in seniors, the drugs more than DOUBLES the risk of infection.
Breaking down the numbers, one in every 153 folks who take a PPI in winter can expect to develop this nasty gut-busting infection. Given that 15 million people regularly take acid reflux drugs, that could mean nearly 100,000 cases of viral gastroenteritis every year CAUSED by a doctor recommended medication.
Reduce reflux WITHOUT raising your risks
Ready for the most alarming part?
The worst time of year for it is right now. The biggest risk is during the winter months, with the first three weeks of January being the worst window of time. So if you’re taking an acid reflux drug be careful, we’re still smack dab in the middle of this yearly threat.
But here’s the thing. PPIs increase the risk of OTHER infections, too. And that includes some with no season at all like C. diff, a form of diarrhea so nasty you could actually die from it.
And the same low acid levels that allow infections to slip in can cause other problems, including the malabsorption of key minerals such as magnesium and bone loss.
Why risk all that when you don’t have to?
A compound in licorice root called DGL can often help naturally balance acid reflux AND shore up the lining of the stomach to protect it from damage. While a compound found in citrus peels called d-limonene can help restore your esophagus . That way, everything stays where it should so you can rid yourself of acid reflux once and for all.
A good digestive formula will often have both ingredients.
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