Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs, Prilosec, HK-20 and others), the most potent of acid-reducing medications, are increasingly popular- any many can be purchased at your local pharmacy without a prescription. They reduce stomach acid production by up to 99 percent by decreasing the action of proton pumps, which are part of the stomach lining’s acid-making machinery. This, however, can strongly interfere with nutrient absorption- especially calcium, vitamin D and B12 among other nutrients. If you have reflux on an regular basis – and find yourself reaching for acid reducers – see your physician and see your Nutritionist. You could be doing more damage than good.
Kimberly Young, M.S. is a practicing Nutritionist in Dallas, Texas. Learn about her integrative and functional approach to diet and nutrition at kyoungnutrition.com