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I've been taking omeprezole for 11 years and don't know why. My GP said don't worry about it, its safe, keep taking it. I'm not happy with that, does it sound sensible to take medication for something and you don't know what it is, even if it does relieve heartburn?
Here is what I am doing and what I have found out ( PS I'm not a medical professional, this is just my research and action)
- Side effects for this drug are not listed correctly, why? Because this drug and other PPI tablets were designed for short term use only, to be combined with lifestyle changes that would get rid of your CONDITION not your SYMPTOMS. Long time side effects are not common knowledge because this drug was not designed for long term use, but of course pharma companies love that doctors push it. These PPI drugs hide the symptons of other conditions like cancer, and also hide the damage still being done to our bodies by excess acid.
Processed Food - the more processed the food the more acid it contains, the same acid that out stomach uses to break down food, so by simply eating crap we are feeding ourselves more of the acid needed resulting it too much acid. We all have our own one or two foods that trigger reflux, but generally, the closer it is to coming from the ground or a tree the better it is, the closer it is to being a microwave meal the worse it is. I'm not eating raw onions and garlic anymore.
PH Levels - look at a PH level food chart and aim for foods between 6.00 - 8.00 below 6 is too acidic and bad for us, fizzy drinks are off the charts which mean they are actually not fit for human consumption, its like trying to fill your car with bleach and hope it works.
Weightloss - dropping weight takes pressure off organs making them work better.
Alcohol - Smoking - Fizzy Drinks - cut these out, they are the worst things for reflux.
Since I've started changing my diet a little, drinking more water every day, and taking omeprezole every other day, I feel ok, I can't change everything at once but I'm convinced reflux is a lifestyle issue and not something that needs to be medicated for life.
Hope this helps.
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