Millions of people consume over-the-counter antacid supplements to relieve heart burn, indigestion, gas, and peptic ulcers. These conditions are most often caused by low or high hydrochloric acid secretions, which include digestive juices and enzymes. Antacids offer temporary relief by raising the pH level but this also inhibits pepsin, an enzyme needed along with hydrochloric acid for proper digestion.
Many antacids such as tums contain calcium carbonate which can cause acid rebound. This occurs when the body attempts to neutralize that stomach acids and it winds up producing even more. Calcium carbonate is also used to supplement calcium levels, but if a person lacks sufficient stomach acids it will not be absorbed. Both carbonate and calcium increases the chances of developing kidney stones.
So what can you do?
Instead of the tums try hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes such as pancreatin. As I have said symptoms are usually due to high or low gastric juices and the best way to find out is through a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis and a pH test. Both tests are non-invasive and take seconds to perform. For more information on these subjects email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.