Do you take a prescription or over-the-counter heartburn medication of the proton-pump-inhibitor variety? These include name brands such as Prilosec (omeprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole), etc.
If you do, and have been taking them for over a year, new research shows that these drugs, and a few other PPI’s, can dangerously lower magnesium levels in the body according to pharmacist Kieu Okuley of Okuley’s Pharmacy in Defiance, Ohio.
Why worry about low Magnesium?
- It’s one of our body’s essential ions
- Potential for bone health problems
- Increased risk of heart health issues
- Decreased ability to synthesize proteins
- Lowered carbohydrate metabolism
- Detrimental to over 300 enzyme systems
What are the symptoms of low Magnesium?
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle twitching
- Muscle aches
- Chocolate cravings
How can I remedy the effects of low Magnesium?
- Stop taking PPI’s with the recommendation of your health care provider
- Use natural remedies such as Papaya Enzymes or Apple Cider Vinegar
- Remedy reflux issues by keeping of food diary to identify trigger foods
- Eat less or eliminate refined sugars and flours from the diet
- Use an elimination diet to see if food allergies are causing reflux
- See a nutritionist, chiropractor, or naturopath to help determine the cause and treat the symptoms naturally
- Take a high quality Magnesium supplement
Disclaimer: The author of this article is not a medical doctor. Please seek the help of a trained and licensed healthcare provider if you need assistance treating acid reflux, or suspect low Magnesium.
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