#78 – Why You Shouldn’t be on Acid Blockers Long Term

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#78 - Why You Shouldn't be on Acid Blockers Long Term

In this quick episode of HealthiHer Podcast, Dr. Amy Brenner dives into a topic that affects millions of people worldwide – acid blockers, and why you shouldn’t be on them long term. Join us as we uncover the hidden dangers and explore alternatives to managing acid reflux and heartburn. Long term acid blocker usage is becoming more prevalent and comes with long term effects to consider.

Acid blockers, also known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 blockers, are commonly prescribed to alleviate the discomfort of acid reflux and heartburn. While they provide immediate relief, what many people don’t realize is that prolonged use can come with a myriad of health risks. So what is the long term solution to dealing with these GI symptoms? Dr. Amy Brenner discusses why patients should reconsider long term use of acid blockers and alternatively what can be done in place, resulting in long term wellness.

In this episode, we’ll cover:

  1. The Acid Reflux Epidemic: We’ll examine the reasons behind the widespread use of acid blockers, from dietary choices to lifestyle factors, and explore why these drugs have become so prevalent.
  2. The Hidden Risks:  Potential long-term risks associated with acid blocker use, including nutrient deficiencies, increased susceptibility to infections, and even the development of other conditions
  3. Alternatives and Lifestyle Changes: Discover effective strategies for managing acid reflux and heartburn without relying on acid blockers. From dietary adjustments to stress management techniques, we’ll explore natural and sustainable approaches to better digestive health. Dr. Brenner also touches on the transition to getting off of acid blockers.

Learn more about gut health and testing on episode #73 – What the Gut has to Say


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