Acid Reflux: Antacids Treat the Symptoms, Not the Root Cause
It’s estimated that 60 percent of adults in the U.S. have experienced acid reflux-type symptoms at some point during the year. 20 to 30 percent experience these symptoms on a recurring basis.
If you’re one of the few who has never experienced heart burn or acid reflux, the sensation is extremely unpleasant, and many doctors prescribe proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Prilosec and Prevacid to ease symptoms, even though recent studies show these drugs have been linked to a higher risk of stomach cancer.
Acid reflux is actually caused by too little acid in the stomach, not too much as PPIs work to correct. So in treating the root cause and not just the symptom, one needs to look at balancing stomach acid levels.
Learn how antacids make things worse in the long run and how to improve low stomach acid with our fact sheet.