Do you have heartburn?
*Are you over 50?
*Are you taking
one of the popular heartburn drugs such as Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Tagamet or Pepcid?
*Have you been taking it for more than a year?
*If you have, you’re at an increased risk for a broken hip
Why is there a risk with these drugs?
Researchers think that these drugs reduce the acid in the stomach
and make it more difficult for your body to absorb bone-building calcium. That can weaken your bones and lead to fractures.
If you’re older, this can be life-threatening.
What should you
do to protect yourself?
never take the drug for longer than
talk to your health care provider and ask for a safer
use safer self-care measures, e.g.,
3 times a day, drink ¼ glass of aloe vera juice (from the health food
store only; if you try to make your own, you could develop diarrhea)
sip peppermint tea, a known stomach calmative that doesn’t disrupt calcium absorption
keep a record of what you’ve recently eaten, done or thought when
your heartburn starts; take action to stop doing those things
eat small meals and take your time; swallowed air and overeating can result in indigestion, gas and bloating
sip warm water as you eat; it dilutes the heartburn effects of many foods
never eat a large meal at night and don't eat after 7 p.m. (this will also
help you lose weight!)
look for supplements
at the health food store that contain digestive enzymes; as you age, your body makes fewer of these
add friendly bacteria that can help you digest your food
better; get an acidophyllis supplement at your health food store
sip chamomile tea after meals (unless you're allergic to ragweed)
avoid coffee, chocolate, and alcohol; they all puff up your
throat and increase acid reflux (heartburn)
eat fresh papaya or pineapple with protein or an hour after you eat carbohydrates; both fruits contain digestive
To order digestive enzymes or aloe vera at a discount, go to http://www.iherb.com/
, use the search box to find your supplements, and then use BNN951 at checkout to get $10 off your order.