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How a “simple” case of heartburn leads to kidney damage

The worst part of Thanksgiving dinner isn’t an overcooked turkey or an undercooked pie.

It’s not when the cable goes out and you miss the game.

It’s not even being forced to sit next to your know-it-all brother-in-law and having to listen to him prattle on and on and on (and on).

No, the worst part hits you after dinner, when you feel that telltale burn in the back of your throat that signals a looming battle with acid reflux.

There’s nothing worse than a bad bout of heartburn, not even your bore of a brother-in-law.

So I get why people turn to meds. By that point, they’re at their wit’s end — but new research shows again why you need to treat those drugs like your brother-in-law and just stay away.

Because even when they work… even when they give you that much-sought relief… they can slowly screw up your insides so badly you could end up with conditions far worse than heartburn.

They can even cause chronic kidney disease.

Proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid could increase your risk for this life-ruining disease by 50 percent, according to a new study.

Once you’ve got kidney disease, the drugs aren’t done with you yet. The same study finds they’ll also increase your risk of DEATH!

The simple explanation for the risk is that the drugs “work” by causing your stomach acid levels to sink faster than Jeb’s presidential hopes, which might sound like a good thing when you’re suffering from reflux.

But there’s a very good reason your body makes that acid. You actually NEED it to digest your food and absorb nutrients. When you don’t get it, you can fall short in essentials such as magnesium — and chronically low magnesium can damage the kidneys and lead to disease.

On the other hand, maybe that’s getting off lucky. These drugs could also cause your magnesium levels to drop so low that it can induce a deadly heart attack.

Why face those risks when you don’t have to? There’s a much simpler way to beat heartburn… and it’s marshmallow!

No, it’s not the stuff you make ‘smores with. (Wouldn’t that be nice?) It’s the extract from the root of the Althaea officinalis plant. Mix one teaspoon with 8 ounces of water and drink four times a day.

That’s just one of the many safe and natural cures for common problems you’ll find in the FREE e-book “Kitchen Cures” from my colleagues at Healthier Talk, and you can get your own copy right here.

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