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SEPTEMBER 2010                                                                       


Antacids, Your Thyroid and Your Bones:
What You Should Know!                           

Do you take the little purple pill, Nexium, for acid reflux? how about other antacids like Prevacid or Tagamet?  Not only do antacids not solve heartburn problems but they can interfere with the digestion of protein from your food, B vitamins, most minerals, and even your thyroid medication. What’s more, antacids actually increase bone loss!

If you are taking any form of antacid you are reducing stomach acid.  This is required to absorb thyroxine (T4) , and vitamins and minerals. Italian researchers discovered that people with low stomach acid secretion who are taking the prescription medication thyroxine required 22% to 34% more thyroid hormone than those with normal secretions.  As if that weren’t enough reason to find an alternative to antacids, a recent study published in JAMA found that if you have been taking antacids for more than a year you have a 44% increased risk of breaking your hip.


If you do continue to use antacids, it is a good idea to separate your antacids and your thyroid medication by 2 to 4 hours; for long-lasting antacids, this may not work.


However, to prevent other negative effects of antacid use, the solution is simple: quit taking antacids and fix your digestive system in four easy steps.


1. Add a natural thyroid support formula to your supplement regimen. This formula should contain iodine and other minerals to boost your thyroid performance.


2. Take 2 digestive enzyme capsules 5 minutes before each meal to upregulate your digestion and replace your lost acid.


3. Take a probiotic with meals to improve your intestinal flora.


4. Avoid all dairy and gluten products. Casein (found in dairy) and gluten are proteins that are extremely difficult to digest and a high percentage of the population is intolerant to them.  Eliminating these foods can often solve other health conditions as well, not just reflux!


You owe it to yourself to take control of your health and well-being. By eliminating the use of antacids, you will improve thyroid function, protect your bones and feel so much better! In fact, why not include the whole family on these diet changes? Call or stop into Snohomish Naturopathic Clinic to find out more about how to get your digestion back on track!


Partially adapted from "Iodine: Why You Need It" by David Brownstein, MD




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