From: Dr. Keith Currie, D.C.
I have been doing some research for one of my patients who has a health problem with a bacterium in the digestive tract called Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori). H. Pylori is an aggressive intestinal bacteria that is often treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics have many possible side effects and can cause damage to the liver which is definitely not a desirable tradeoff. Even with the use of antibiotics, H. Pylori is difficult to eradicate because it has a shape and coating that makes it difficult for the antibiotics to penetrate. It is kind of like a weed. It is so embedded into the intestinal lining that it comes back with time even when you try your best to kill it.
A common theme that I have seen in my research is that there is a direct correlation to decreased stomach acid and issues with H. Pylori. Put bluntly, if you are taking an antacid because you have heartburn or acid reflux, it is not the right approach! It makes the environment in your gut ripe for all kinds of health and mal-absorption/malnutrition issues. I know you have been told differently but I can prove what I am saying is true.
Your stomach needs an acidic environment in order to absorb the nutrients from your food. However, if you are taking antacids, you are raising the pH (making it more basic or alkaline) which means that your body isn’t absorbing the nutrients you need and you start developing more health problems such as getting sick more often, slow wound healing, nutritional deficiencies, low energy, etc… Eventually, you have to take more over the counter antacids because you are having more burning and you have gained some weight. I have had good success in helping patients with active H. Pylori infections get healthier and feel good again through natural methods.