The answer depends upon if you’re looking for relief or a solution.
Antacids like Tums might provide fast temporary relief but when taken repeatedly, the problem can actually worsen. There’s always a tradeoff.
Antacids stop the digestive process, and partially digested, rotting food is forced through the rest of the digestive tract. Not a pretty picture. This is also true of acid stoppers like Zantac, Nexium, and especially Prilosec.
Minerals depend on a strong acid medium in the stomach for digestion and absorption. Antacids and acid stoppers create just the opposite effect in the stomach and so make it almost impossible to digest calcium and most other minerals (so much for Tums).
We think that at least 90% of those suffering from “acid indigestion” are in reality suffering from too little stomach acid.
Here’s how it works: When you eat a meal, the stomach is designed to produce strong acid to begin the digestive process, especially of proteins. When there is too little stomach acid, the food sits too long in the stomach undigested, and begins to ferment. The gas produced, rich in acids is what causes the feeling of acid indigestion.
The real solution is simple. There are natural and very effective supplements to assist digestion and help your body to repair its own digestive ability. Ask your doctor about the appropriate supplements and course of action.