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My great uncle Paul was one of the most generous men I knew. He would come to the aid of any family member no matter how far across the world they were.

But for the last 10 years of his life, Paul could not recognize the family he had devoted his life to. It was heartbreaking, but the harsh reality is that this is not a unique case. Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating illness that affects both the victims and their loved ones. Chances are you know of someone who has or had alzheimer’s disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. It’s so prevalent that 1 in 3 seniors dies with a form of dementia like alzheimer’s. It’s a common misconception that alzheimer’s isn’t fatal, but you can’t get further from the truth. This disease destroys brain cells which can result in memory loss and an inability to carry out basic bodily functions. So what’s causing the rise in this deadly disease?

It may come as a shock to you, but the over-the-counter antacids that many of us have daily might be causing irreparable damage to your brain with one common ingredient: aluminum.

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The Hidden Dangers of Aluminum

I’m not talking about the aluminum foil you can buy in stores, but the heavy metal toxic aluminum that can occur in your tap water. Exposure to any sort of toxin can only mean harm for your body. Mercury, aluminum, and lead are just some of the biggest offenders. Aluminum that enters your brain tissue is suspected to cause Alzheimer’s and other mental conditions.

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With regards to aluminum’s link to alzheimer’s disease, conclusive studies have been severely lacking both because of a lack in long-term studies and because of industries which make use of aluminum. But a case study from Keele University in the UK has shown a definite link between aluminum exposure and alzheimer’s. The case study followed a 66-year-old man who was exposed to aluminum dust daily, who subsequently died from alzheimer’s disease.

Aluminum has found its way into many products (like deodorant), and the fact of the matter is that many of us, especially as we get older, take antacids formulated with aluminum into it. Some of these major offenders include: Gaviscon, Aludrox, Di-Gel, Gelusil, Maalox, Magalox, Mylanta. Which pretty much writes off some of the biggest names in antacids.

What to do Instead?

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The easiest thing you can do is making sure the antacids you grab at the store are aluminum-free. These are formulated using calcium carbonate (popularly sold as Tum’s). But there’s an even better way to treat your acid reflux than aluminum-laden antacids. Not just for acid reflux, but the best way to treat the majority of illnesses is holistically.

Here are a few healthier ways to get at the root cause of acid reflux.

  • Avoid overeating and eating too fast.
  • De-stress and make sure you’re not putting too much pressure on yourself.
  • Avoid processed foods, caffeine, carbonated drinks and alcohol.
  • Take betaine HCL if you’ve got low stomach acid (read about this further here)
  • During a meal, avoid drinking cold water. It’s fine to drink afterwards.
  • Try out some healing plants and herbs like aloe vera, chamomile, and peppermint (makes for a great after dinner tea).
  • Take some probiotic supplements. Find these at your local health food store.

Instead of exposing yourself to aluminum, try these strategies to improve the health of your digestive system and prevent acid reflux.

Sources

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/keeping-your-brain-sharp/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/22/aluminum-toxicity-alzheimers.aspx

http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp

http://theheartysoul.com/low-stomach-acid-test/

http://theheartysoul.com/10-natural-ways-to-relieve-bloating-acid-reflux-and-almost-every-other-digestive-issue/

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