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What is a Good Alternative to Using a Tums: Antacid Supplement?

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Created January 02, 2013 at 4:09 PM

For the past 10 years I was in the habit of popping a couple Tums (Antacid Supplement) whenever I experienced heartburn, indigestion, or an upset stomach.

Is there a good alterative that would offer a better reprieve?

If so, what would you recommend?

Additionally, what are the negatives to using Tums for relief?

Thank you. All suggestions and advice are welcome.

NOTE: I should add that I began to follow strict Paleo in November. Every once in a while I still experience heartburn, indigestion, and an upset stomach. I noticed it primarily when I visited my family for the holidays. During the holiday parties I made the best food choices I could, but when everyone brings a dish it's hard to see some of the hidden ingredients unfortunately.

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on January 03, 2013
at 08:55 PM

don't ask me, copy and paste from MarksDailyApple.com

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on January 03, 2013
at 08:41 PM

CD - "Old fashioned bitters?"

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on January 03, 2013
at 08:15 PM

i would be pooping.

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on January 03, 2013
at 06:30 AM

Ive suffered with this problem for several years and I have just figured out my Bacterial overgrowth and heartburn were related. But now reading that article, it has been mindblowingly helpful for me. Thank you so much Amy!

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on January 03, 2013
at 02:51 AM

If I remember correctly you Source Naturals makes ACV tablets. Many brands of betaine HCL are out there. I currently have HCL from NOW Foods. You can buy the stuff from amazon.com or a discount vitamin online retailer like iherb.com. VitaminShoppe or even Whole Foods might carry these, albeit at a higher price. _Lazza

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on January 03, 2013
at 01:57 AM

Lazza - Where do you purchase the ACV tablets and Betaine HCL Capsules? Is there a specific brand you would recommend?

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on January 02, 2013
at 10:03 PM

4 oz of cold, cold water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. You can do this several times a day. What it does is raise the Ph balance to alkaline in your blood and buffers the stomach. The water has to be cold to activate the baking soda. Alka Seltzer is basically baking soda.

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on January 02, 2013
at 06:21 PM

Someone mentioned Chris Kresser's series on GERD/heartburn. It's extremely informative and well researched. I'd check it out if I were you. Probably a ton of eye-opening info in there for you, but like you've said, changing to Paleo has probably already helped your symptoms dramatically. It's a series in several parts (all of which are awesome). Start here: http://chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd

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on January 02, 2013
at 05:27 PM

Jon - Is the "Now Super Enzymes" you mentioned a brand name for Betaine HCL?

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on January 02, 2013
at 05:03 PM

I'm not sure. I just mix it in a glass of water and it works very well.

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on January 02, 2013
at 04:27 PM

A apple cider vinegar tablet would be great for me when I'm on the go or traveling.

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Kashkills - Is there a ratio of baking soda - water that you would suggest? Or is it just enough to get it down?

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Sioux - Where can you purchase it in tablet form? I've only purchased the bottled. Is there a brand you would suggest?

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on January 02, 2013
at 04:18 PM

Apple cider vinegar, the organic kind. You can also get it in tablet form. It will cure indigestion better than tums without skewing the acid balance in your system.

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on January 02, 2013
at 04:27 PM

A apple cider vinegar tablet would be great for me when I'm on the go or traveling.

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on January 02, 2013
at 04:24 PM

Sioux - Where can you purchase it in tablet form? I've only purchased the bottled. Is there a brand you would suggest?

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on January 02, 2013
at 04:55 PM

Apparently heartburn and similar symptoms are from too little acid not too much. It's the strength of your stomach acid that shuts the valve to prevent heart burn. Chris Kresser has written much on this. As folks have mentioned apple cider vinegar or some betaine HCL (like Now Super Enzymes) might be the ticket.

Good luck,

Jon

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on January 02, 2013
at 05:27 PM

Jon - Is the "Now Super Enzymes" you mentioned a brand name for Betaine HCL?

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on January 02, 2013
at 04:23 PM

I second the apple cider vinegar (unfiltered). It seemed to fly in the face of logic, but worked amazingly well for me. My brother uses probiotics with success.

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on January 02, 2013
at 07:47 PM

Both CalMag Citrate and/or Magnesium Citrate were my saviors when I had heartburn near the end of pregnancy, both worked even better than Tums, especially at bedtime.

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on January 03, 2013
at 08:15 PM

i would be pooping.

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on January 02, 2013
at 05:17 PM

I chew a small piece of candied ginger.
tasty and works well.

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on January 02, 2013
at 04:21 PM

1 tsp baking soda in water. I think it's the same active ingredient as most antacids. I could be wrong ..

I also am pretty sure that overuse could cause you some trouble, since the basic mechanics is a buffering of you stomach acids.

All the same, it's got to be healthier than all the other added ingredients in conventional treatments.

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on January 02, 2013
at 10:03 PM

4 oz of cold, cold water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. You can do this several times a day. What it does is raise the Ph balance to alkaline in your blood and buffers the stomach. The water has to be cold to activate the baking soda. Alka Seltzer is basically baking soda.

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on January 02, 2013
at 05:03 PM

I'm not sure. I just mix it in a glass of water and it works very well.

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on January 02, 2013
at 04:25 PM

Kashkills - Is there a ratio of baking soda - water that you would suggest? Or is it just enough to get it down?

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on January 03, 2013
at 10:36 PM

Aloe juice or gel! I've personally only used the gel, but know others who have used the juice. Make sure to get organic, inner filet only (whole leaf acts as a laxative from what I understand).

Really amazing: http://www.vitacost.com/lily-of-the-desert-organic-aloe-vera-juice-inner-fillet-128-fl-oz OR http://www.lilyofthedesert.com/our_products/item/inner-fillet-aloe-vera-gel/20

Also, sometimes I'll munch on a few baby carrots before bed if I'm worried I'll get reflux. I figured if it takes the acidity out of tomato sauce it could work and it seems to have an effect.

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on January 03, 2013
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Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/gerd-symptoms-causes-natural-remedies/#ixzz2Gwii47Ez

Here are a few things you can do to support healthy digestion:

Take an HCl or other digestive enzyme supplement for at least a few weeks if not months (if your reflux is bad). I believe Robb Wolf recommends NOW Super Enzymes.

Try old-fashioned bitters (remember those?) with or after each meal which can encourage better digestion.

Repopulate your system with healthy bacteria with hefty probiotics (e.g. Primal Flora) and frequent fermented foods.

Up your intake of anti-inflammatory omega-3s (e.g. Vital Omegas).

To contend with lingering symptoms while your system heals, try slippery elm, ginger, or DGL (deglycyrrihizinated form of licorice).

Some people – men and women – have luck with the various morning sickness teas, which contain a combination of stomach soothing and pro-digestive herbs.

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on January 03, 2013
at 08:55 PM

don't ask me, copy and paste from MarksDailyApple.com

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on January 03, 2013
at 08:41 PM

CD - "Old fashioned bitters?"

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on January 03, 2013
at 11:19 AM

Years ago I used DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice). I might have been when I was pregnant with my first, but I can't remember, but I recall having terrible heartburn on a regular basis. Whenever it was, it definitely helped. I just read that it can raise your blood pressure a little bit. I'm usually around 90/60, so I don't think of those things, but if you're higher, you might want to be aware of that.

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on January 03, 2013
at 06:17 AM

Betaine HCL might be what your looking for. The symptoms of Hypochloridia or hyperchloridia are very similar. Most people today have very low stomach acid

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on January 02, 2013
at 11:55 PM

I used to use d-limonene. Fantastic stuff. Bananas are rich in Mg and may also help. I've also found Tai Chi to help - both from movement, position, and relaxation. My GI recommended walking but it didn't seem as effective to me. The low acid theory seems to be popular but too speculative for me. I also knew that I at least had other problems which it would only worsen. I suspect others are in the same boat but don't realize it.

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on January 02, 2013
at 10:08 PM

If you use Tums or some store brand of the equivalent only occasionally I can't see there being any health risk. However before you eat a meal you suspect will give you heartburn I suggest you have an apple cider vinegar (ACV) tablet or a betaine HCL capsule at hand. Taking either at the start of the meal could be helpful. Essentially what these supplements do is provide additional gastric acid so you can more quickly digest the meal.

I keep betaine HCL in my car should I find myself eating out. If I don't take an HCL capsule I often suffer from horrible acid reflux, especially with a meal containing meat.

_Lazza

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on January 03, 2013
at 02:51 AM

If I remember correctly you Source Naturals makes ACV tablets. Many brands of betaine HCL are out there. I currently have HCL from NOW Foods. You can buy the stuff from amazon.com or a discount vitamin online retailer like iherb.com. VitaminShoppe or even Whole Foods might carry these, albeit at a higher price. _Lazza

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on January 03, 2013
at 01:57 AM

Lazza - Where do you purchase the ACV tablets and Betaine HCL Capsules? Is there a specific brand you would recommend?

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on January 02, 2013
at 05:04 PM

I use Bragg's ACV WITH Baking soda but not much. Be careful with baking soda as it can influence blood pressure. I think I was doing one tablespoon ACV to 1/4 teaspoon BS in a juice glass of water. I use digestive enzymes when I know I am going to be eating poorly or potentially poorly and this helps ward off heartburn. I use a chewable digestive enzyme with papaya extract that i get at vitamin shoppe.

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