It’s Thanksgiving: How to Avoid Heartburn Naturally

ThanksgivingWith Thanksgiving around the corner, you may overindulge at your get-together and you may be rewarded with heartburn. Instead of grabbing for the antacid, here are some natural remedies that you can try to help avoid heartburn naturally.

Eating habits tend to be the biggest culprit behind heartburn. If you suffer from heartburn on a regular basis, you may need to change the way you eat, and what you eat. Fatty, fried, or high-protein foods, alcohol, and coffee are all foods that can trigger heartburn.

Also make sure to chew your food and eat slowly. Continue reading “It’s Thanksgiving: How to Avoid Heartburn Naturally”

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Heartburn Drugs Linked to Liver Disease

heart-burnIt seems new studies about proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and their side effects come out every few months. Just over a year ago, a study linking them to kidney disease came out. And earlier in the same year, a link between PPIs and dementia was made. This week, a study was published where researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found a link between PPI use and chronic liver disease.

Proton pump inhibitors are a popular class of heartburn medications that includes Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. These medications, which are available over-the-counter (without a prescription), Continue reading “Heartburn Drugs Linked to Liver Disease”

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Enjoy Thanksgiving Without the Heartburn

thanksgiving-meal_aFirst of all, Village Green Apothecary would like to thank all of our wonderful customers, from those who have been with us since the beginning, to those who have just discovered us through our blog or our website, or from a friend.

Tomorrow many of us will be sitting down with loved ones to a really big meal (just one of many things to be grateful for). Unfortunately, for many that also comes with a dose of heartburn. Read on to learn about some tips on how to enjoy Thanksgiving without the heartburn.

If you suffer from heartburn on a regular basis, you may need to change the way you eat, and what you eat. Continue reading “Enjoy Thanksgiving Without the Heartburn”

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New Study Links Heartburn Drugs and Dementia

seniorProton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a popular class of heartburn medications that includes Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid. These medications, which are available over the counter (without a prescription), lower the amount of stomach acid produced by the stomach. Concern has been increasing that Americans might be overusing PPIs to treat minor cases of heartburn or acid reflux. And, a new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology, shows heartburn drugs and dementia are linked, in that these drugs may raise a senior’s risk of developing dementia.

Researchers collected data from a large German health insurance firm on almost 74,000 seniors aged 75 or older. The data ran from 2004 to 2011, and included diagnoses and drug prescriptions. About 2,950 patients regularly used PPIs, which for this study was defined as at least one PPI prescription in each quarter of an 18-month interval. Regular users of PPIs had a 44% increased risk of dementia compared with those not receiving PPI medications. Continue reading “New Study Links Heartburn Drugs and Dementia”

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New Warning About Heartburn Medications

Heartburn is one of the most common GI problems in America. It is a condition where stomach acid is regurgitated up into the esophagus giving rise to symptoms such as chest discomfort, wheezing, asthma, hiccups, and hoarseness. Acid reflux can cause damage to the lining of the esophagus and should be taken seriously.

Heartburn medications are widely available, both by prescription and over-the-counter. They work by blocking stomach acid from being produced. As a result, they disrupt the body’s ability to absorb calcium, along with other important minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. High doses of these medications or duration of use longer than 1 year have been associated with an increased risk of fractures to the hip, wrist and spine. This concern has led to a recent FDA announcement that popular heartburn medications such as Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium will now come with a warning linking them to an increased risk for fractures. The FDA has also advised that the over-the-counter proton pump inhibitors (Prevacid, Prilosec, and Zegerid) should only be taken for a maximum of 14 days. Continue reading “New Warning About Heartburn Medications”

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