Are you taking Zantac for heartburn and indigestion issues?
If so, you should call your doctor immediately and find a way to stop taking it as soon as possible.
The FDA has issued a recall due to its connection with causing cancer.
Higher than acceptable levels of NDMA (Nitrosodimethylamine) have been accumulating in ranitidine products and are raising concerns for causing cancer.
If the drugs stored at higher than average room temperatures at any given time, it seems to significantly increase the amount of NDMA to over the safety threshold.
The FDA believes that extended exposure to these levels of NDMA (a known carcinogen) increases your risk of getting cancer. They have asked companies to pull the drug from their shelves and stop selling it.
Consumers should safely dispose of any Zantac in their possession and refer to their doctors for a recommended replacement.
Or you can take this as an opportunity to address your condition naturally.
You start by reducing your dependency on antacid medications all together by addressing dietary triggers.
Some common foods that lead to digestive issues are:
- Food and beverages with high levels of caffeine
- Spicy foods and hot sauces
- Black pepper, raw onions, and garlic
- Citrus fruit and juices
- Tomatoes and tomato products (pasta sauce, pizza sauce, ketchup)
- Fried Foods
- Processed Foods
Also, the time you eat, vitamin deficiencies, and sensitivities can cause digestive upset. Here are a few factors to consider:
- Eating right before bed
- Overeating (eating to become overly full)
- Belly bulge and being overweight
- Food sensitivities 9that you may not know you have)
- Deficiency in particular nutrients
You don’t need to remain dependent on antacids to control your symptoms. Medications such as Zantac do not even correct the actual reason why you are experiencing these gastrointestinal problems. They only help to ease the discomfort of your symptoms.
Instead, why not get a little curious and discover the actual root cause behind your upset?
Dr. Mark Hyman offers the following suggestions for figuring this out for yourself:
- Fix your diet (stop eating the foods mentioned above)
- Eliminate possible food allergens (start by testing out the removal of gluten or dairy as they are common allergens)
- Get rid of triggers (no alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine for a few weeks to see if you get any results)
- Change your lifestyle (eat earlier and not right before bed)
- Reduce your stress (find a way to relax before eating)
- Try natural supplements (such as deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) )
- Get tested (if you are still experiencing issues, contact a functional medicine doctor for testing)
There are also lots of inexpensive, all natural ingredients that can help.
-Ginger (tea, capsules, or chews)
-Peppermint (tea, capsules)
-Fennel (chew the seeds following meals or as symptoms occur)
-Chamomile (drink as a tea throughout the day or take as a tincture)
-Licorice (deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) can be found at health food stores)
-Apple Cider Vinegar (mix 1 tsp. with 1/2 cup water and drink after meals)
-Baking Soda (stir 1 tsp. into a glass of water and add a splash of lemon juice)
Medication, whether they are over the counter or prescriptions, should be viewed as a last resort. To avoid putting yourself at any unnecessary risk, take control of your health, try a more natural approach, and get in tune with your body.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. -Hippocrates