Proton Pump Inhibitors

Millions of people worldwide suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. It is that sharp burning sensation that you feel either after a heavy meal or because you have not eaten for a while. Most turn to medication to treat it. This drug goes by the scientific name omeprazole and is a proton pump inhibitor. Its role is to coat the lining of your stomach and prevent the digestive juices from secreting. Apparently not a long-term solution; because of the immediate relief they provide, many convert this into a life-long companion.

The British Medical Journal recently published a long-term study that showed that consumption of this medication could significantly increase the risk of death. Other studies showed that omeprazole increased the risk of dementia, heart attacks, chronic kidney infections and stomach cancer. If this list is scaring you, think of the alternative – not doing anything. GERD left to itself will find a way to give you a chronic cough, fatigue, sleeplessness, bronchial infection, sinus infection, etc.

So you need to do something to address acidity if you have it. Your body exists in an extremely delicate balance especially with regard to its Ph levels regulated by a process called homeostasis. Your stomach Ph level is between 1.5 – 3.5 (overall body 7.36-7.4). You may not realize it but the food you eat plays a significant role in modulating your acid levels. Eat complex foods along with transfats and your body will need more acids to break it down or perhaps even leave it undigested.

The best cure for those suffering from acids is to eat natural, whole foods such as plants, vegetables, and fruits along with nuts and seeds and good quality fat. Limit your intake of high protein foods such as red meats. You will find your acidity will disappear without the need to spring for expensive medication.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.