I can’t tell you how many patients enter our office taking TUMS in hopes of increasing their daily calcium intake. To say this is a travesty is an understatement! If you want calcium, do what cows do – eat your greens. Taking an antacid is a B A D idea for several reasons.
- It sounds good in theory, but it doesn’t work in REALITY. Calcium is best absorbed in an acidic environment – Antacids neutralize stomach acid. Therefore, a bad environment is created or at least one that is not conducive to the absorption of calcium is created.
- Calcium based antacids contain the poorest quality calcium (calcium salt with about 3% absorption) – if you think you need to supplement your diet, purchase a high quality supplement from the natural food store.
- Frequent use of antacids can lead to constipation. Next, they’ll want you to buy their calcium enriched laxatives!
- Frequent use of antacids can throw-off your physiologic balance of electrolytes, thus having the possibility of affecting your heart, muscles and virtually anything else in the body.
- By neutralizing the stomach acid, the food in your gut can not be digested properly – this will lead to digestive problems and poor nutrient absorption, i.e. you’ll get sicker and sicker.
Moral of the story:
If you want strong bones, exercise regularly (specifically anaerobic exercise – weight lifting) and eat a balanced diet rich in vegetables, grains and fruits.