Tommy Stern, founder and CEO of Reflux Guard®, wrote this guest post for our members.
I spoke to a lady recently who, after I told her my line of work, opened up to me about her digestive problems and the suffering she endures most days of the week.
“My stomach seems to always be bloated, and it causes me great distress. After every meal, my stomach expands terribly. Do you know why this happens?”
This problem is very common, and I hear these complaints rather frequently. So then I asked her, “Are you taking pills for reflux like Prevacid or Nexium?”
She replied “Yes,” then looked at me like I was some kind of genius. “How did you know?
“Well,” I explained. “It’s not too difficult. These are common side effects that people who are on long term proton pump inhibitor medication experience.”
Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs are among the most highly prescribed medications nationwide. However, very few people take them according to the manufacturer’s direction, and even fewer are aware of the common side effects that they cause.
If you suffer from GERD, it is important to understand that you can experience complete relief without becoming dependent on pills, and at the end of this article, I will share something that can help. But first, I will tell you more about the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec.
Use caution when taking PPIs
PPI medications for GERD are powerful body chemistry altering drugs, this is why the manufacturer states on the medication packaging to take for only two weeks! This note escapes
many people who take it on a daily basis, and in most cases, for years on end. The label on the Prevacid box states: “Do not take for more than 14 days or more often than every 4 months…” Other brands of proton pump inhibitors have similar directions.
If you take PPI medications for GERD everyday, and it serves as your only means to combat your GERD symptoms, it’s time to take a closer look at your treatment. There is a strong movement in the treatment of this disease that is working to put the word out that you are treating your acid reflux incorrectly.
PPIs dramatically reduce the amount of acid in your stomach. Stomach acid is in fact a vital component for proper digestion. You NEED acid to help digest food properly. What you don’t want is the acid to escape from your stomach and travel to areas where it can reflux and cause GERD symptoms.
There are valves in your body that are supposed to prevent the acid from backing out of your stomach, but these valves can be compromised by factors such as age or being overweight. What you need to know is that you don’t need to cripple your digestive ability and alter the natural chemistry of your body to relieve your acid reflux symptoms.
Relieve your symptoms without medications
Below are proven steps that will alleviate your suffering. These steps are very simple — almost anyone can do them.
Refrain from eating a meal 3 to 4 hours before going to sleep
This will give your food the necessary time for proper digestion, and will allow your stomach to return to normal acidic levels before lying down in bed. If you find that this discipline too restrictive, you should know that there are many digestive aid products available in health food stores that could help, as well. An excellent option is Solgar Digestive Aid. Personally, I believe their vegetarian version called Solgar Vegetarian Digestive Aid works even better. The vegetarian version is certified Kosher which is a big plus for many consumers.
Bed Wedges for Acid Reflux
One of the most amazing solutions for GERD is a product that fights acid reflux with the power of gravity. By using a Reflux Guard© under mattress bed wedge for acid reflux, you can keep acids down while you sleep. By tilting your mattress at just the right angle it keeps your stomach acid contained right where your body needs your stomach acid to be — in your stomach.
While a Reflux Guard is designed to help, there are times we just overdo it, severely overeating or laying down too soon after a meal. The Reflux Guard really guards against these missteps by draining the harmful stomach contents back into the stomach. Without the Reflux Guard, the corrosive stomach contents can sit on the lining of the upper esophagus all night, and that’s when significant damage can occur.
The Reflux Guard bed wedges are very affordable and are available at www.refluxguard.com. Most everyone I know who has gotten this product, sings its praises. The RefluxGuard mattress wedge for acid reflux is guaranteed for 10 years, and comes with an easy to remove cover for easy laundering. Once installed, this mechanism becomes passive – you don’t have to worry “did I take a pill?” or “is a regular bed wedge going to be comfortable?” o
r “am I going to roll off of it and knock it to the floor?”
The combination of the digestive aid and the Reflux Guard have eliminated my symptoms of reflux for years. I have quite a few friends who have reported to me that the Reflux Guard alone has done the trick for them. I’m happy for them especially because they thank me for turning them on to this amazing product.
What I hope for you to get from this is that you do not need to take a pill that alters your body chemistry and can set off a whole chain reaction of side effects to find relief. From PPIs, I’ve had friends who have suffered from severe bloating, intestinal yeast infections and low magnesium levels which can affect the heart. Who needs this when there are simple straight forward solutions like the Reflux Guard© that are easily available?