In many parts of the country, the “cold” season is giving way to the “cold and wet” season… which will then be replaced by the “just wet” season.
That means people will spend a LOT of time indoors… cooped up together… probably learning to recognize each other by smell alone over these next couple of months.
But you could end up sharing something a whole lot worse…
Too much time in closed quarters allows viruses to spread quickly -- especially the nasty germs behind stomach infections.
But a new study shows that if you get sick, it’s not just each other you can blame.
It’s your MEDS!
Acid relief… WITHOUT infections!
New research finds a scary new risk associated with the PPI meds taken for acid reflux by so many millions -- especially seniors.
They can lead directly to viral gastroenteritis.
And the reason is baked into the very nature of how the drugs operate.
See, that bubbling cauldron of acid in your stomach can BOIL germs alive… including the germs behind nasty stomach infections.
When all is well, the acid can KILL a “stomach flu” virus -- even if you’ve been exposed, as you often are this time of year.
But when those acid blockers “work”… and your acid levels drop… the bugs survive.
And when they survive, you get sick.
Like, I’m-just-gonna-spend-the-night-here-in-the-bathroom-so-I-don’t-miss-the-toilet sick.
It’s so bad, the new study finds that taking PPI drugs will increase your risk of the acute viral form of gastroenteritis by whopping 80%.
In seniors, the risk is even bigger – because these drugs will DOUBLE your odds of facing this nasty infection!
The biggest jump in risk is in winter…
But other studies have also found that PPIs will increase the risk of any number of infections that could STRIKE at any time of year.
And that includes one of the worst of all -- C. diff, which has been turning into one of the nation’s top superbug threats.
One study found PPIs increase the risk of C. diff by as much as 60%.
Trust me – a little extra acid isn’t nearly as bad as “deadly diarrhea.”
For some quick acid relief, try licorice… and I don’t mean the candy. You want an extract of licorice root sold as DGL.
But to get complete control over long-term issues with stomach acid, you need more than just that.
Try these two natural therapies…
- Acidophilus: Don’t just swallow it, as you normally would. Pop open the capsules into your mouth and into your saliva to absorb and swallow.
- Digestive enzymes: These will improve digestion, and ultimately stop acid from bubbling up where it shouldn’t. Look for a formula that includes betaine hydrochloride.
These two steps will work MOST of the time. But not ALL of the time.
If you’re still having problems, get tested for other possible causes of reflux… including an undiagnosed ulcer and/or food sensitivities.