May 12, 2022

Overeating during the holidays can lead to reaching for common medications such as Aciphex, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix and Nexium to help ease symptoms of heartburn.

But did you know if taken for a long period of time they may lead to nutrient deficiencies?

One deficiency is Magnesium which is involved in 300 metabolic pathways in the body. Magnesium deficiency is linked to depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and chronic pain.

B12 is another deficiency caused by heartburn medications. When you run low on B12 you may become confused, forgetful, have chronic fatigue, become depressed, and develop tongue, gum, or mouth sores.

Food allergies, heart arrhythmias, tingling in the fingers and toes, dizziness and headache are all problems that can develop if you suppress the natural acid used to breakdown food and medications. Not to mention impairing your immune
system by allowing an overgrowth of bacteria. Heartburn isn’t just too much stomach acid; it can be a symptom of gluten intolerance and low stomach acid which is common as we age.

Reach out to Magnolia Pharmacy if you would like to test for gluten intolerance or a DIY test to check for low stomach acid.