In times of extreme stress — like we’re currently experiencing — gastric distress skyrockets.
I know that when I’m faced with fear or a stressful situation I usually have an immediate need to run to the bathroom…
But before you reach for an over-the-counter remedy called a proton pump inhibitor to help ease stomach discomfort, I suggest you think twice…
Proton pump inhibitors (or PPIs as they’re more commonly known) are designed to treat the uncomfortable symptoms of conditions like heartburn, gastritis and stomach ulcers.
Not only have PPIs been tied to a known carcinogen, but studies have shown an undeniable link between these drugs and memory loss.
Now, a new study has discovered exactly why they are so dangerous for your brain
There are many reasons to avoid acid-suppressing PPIs. The main reason… you need stomach acid!
Instead of the short-term neutralization of acid a PPI provides, the very best way to help eliminate digestive distress once and for all is proper pH balance in the body and an alkaline diet.
PPIs known carcinogens and danger to your brain health are all the more reasons to find a natural solution to care for your digestive system.
This connection between PPIs and memory problems is not new
A team of scientists at Ohio State University studied breast cancer survivors who used PPI drugs. This group was chosen because cancer treatments often lead to stomach troubles that doctors treat with PPIs.
The researchers found that not only was there a clear association between PPI use and memory loss, but PPIs resulted in memory problems that were a whopping 28 percent more severe for those who used them than those who did not.
But researchers still could not explain why PPIs had such extreme effects on the brain… until now.
New research uncovers the PPI-brain connection
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden were finally able to answer that question thanks to cutting edge 3D computer simulations which examined how six different PPIs affect nerve cell signals in the brain.
And here’s what they found…
For your nerve cells to pass signals so your memory works properly, you need an enzyme called choline acetyletransferase to synthesize the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Acetylcholine is a transmitter in the central and peripheral nervous system. It is the chief neurotransmitter in the parasympathetic nervous system which controls many functions in the body that includes smooth muscles, blood vessels, bodily secretions and heart rate.
But in the central nervous system specifically it plays an important role in learning and memory… and it’s been found to be critically low in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.
Acetylcholine is inhibited by the enzyme choline acetyletransferase.
The researchers discovered that PPIs bind to the choline acetyletransferase enzyme which blocks the crucial production of acetylcholine.
Researchers warned long-term use of PPIs could increase the risk of dementia and that special care should be taken with elderly patients.
In some PPIs the impacts were stronger than others
According to researchers, the drugs omeprazole, esomeprazole, tenatoprazole and rabeprazole were the strongest inhibitors of the enzyme. You might recognize these under their more common names, including Prilosec and Nexium.
So, does that mean you have to choose between easing your stomach distress and your memory?
Luckily, the answer is no.
That’s because there are natural ways to soothe an upset stomach and help regulate acid production to ease digestive distress. Here’s a few tips that can make a big difference:
Break it down — Eat more frequent, smaller meals to reduce your indigestion.
- Time it — Be sure to wait at least 45 minutes to lie down after eating.
- Lift it — Raise the head of your bed eight inches.
- Mix it — Try a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a full glass of water per day.
- Pucker up — Add lemon juice to meals and acidic drinks.
- Balance it — Alkalize your body, add digestive enzymes and probiotics to promote digestion and healthy gut flora.
When your body is too acidic, all heck can break loose. Acid buildup wreaks havoc in your entire body resulting in uncomfortable digestive disturbances… joint discomfort and muscle aches.. and low energy to name a few.
Fruits and vegetables help keep your body alkaline, but you must eat the right ones and you must eat the right amounts.
That’s because not all fruits and vegetables are alkalizing… and some are just as acid-forming in your body as processed food, meat and beer! Plums, peas, corn and squash for instance break down and leave an acid ash in your body.
But a study from the CDC shows most people are “barely” eating any fruits and vegetables.
That’s where powdered greens can help. Formulated with organic greens, organic fruits and vegetables, an organic fiber blend, an organic antioxidant and alkalizing spice blend plus enzymes and probiotics — you get everything you need for proper pH in a delicious, easy-to-take drink.
Altogether, these natural ingredients can help calm the fire in your belly — without any of the fear or concern of memory loss.
On the contrary, a healthy pH balance can contribute to a brighter brain!