When was the last time you thought about your kidneys?
If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, that sure got you thinking about them — but for the most part, they’re like the kitchen help in a decent restaurant. They’re always there, doing their job, and you never see them or even think about them…unless something goes wrong.
And if you want to keep it that way, do your kidneys a favor and lay off the stomach acid drugs.
Taking proton pump inhibitors such as Nexium and Prilosec is pretty much like dropping a bomb in your kidneys — and new research confirms they can set you down the path toward kidney failure.
The longer you use PPIs, the higher your risk. Take them for five years, and your odds of developing chronic kidney disease jump by 28 percent, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Think that’s bad? That’s just the beginning… because the same study finds your risk of chronic kidney failure actually doubles!
The researchers claim the overall risk is low. Without PPIs, your risk is about 0.2 percent… and with the drugs, it doubles to 0.4 percent.
But don’t take much comfort in that, as other studies have found numbers that were much more frightening. One I shared with you just last year found four of every 300 seniors on PPIs suffer from kidney failure.
I don’t know about you, but that’s not exactly what I’d call a “low” risk. And if you end up having to live with kidney failure… if you find yourself locked in the dialysis room three times a week for up to five hours at a time… you won’t think so, either.
I get it, though.
Reflux can make you so miserable that you’re willing to play the odds — but don’t start jumping for joy if you’re among the 296 out of the 300 who DON’T develop kidney failure.
All that jumping could cause you to crack a bone, which is ANOTHER side effect of the drugs, probably due to the fact that they block the absorption of calcium and magnesium.
Those low magnesium levels could have you jumping right into the grave, too — because that deficiency could literally stop your heart.
I’d take the heartburn over those risks any day of the week!
Fortunately, you don’t have to make a choice here. You don’t have to live with acid reflux, and you don’t have to swallow those pills, cross your fingers, and hope for the best.
There are simple, safe, and effective ways of battling acid reflux, including supplements of deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) and drinking glasses of fresh-squeezed cabbage juice.
In extreme cases, you might have a dietary issue that needs some attention. Seek the help of a naturopathic medical doctor.