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Zantac/Ranitidine Removed From U.S. and Canada but Home Remedies May Work for Those Who Suffer From Heartburn

Updated on April 13, 2020
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Cheryl was part of a church health and nutrition team and is currently researching and writing about natural cures.

Zantac/Ranitidine may cause a variety of cancers

You may have seen the adds on television, or perhaps they popped up on your Facebook news feed. In case you have not, please be aware that Zantac and it's generic form Ranitidine, have been found to contain low doses of the cancer-causing agent NDMA. According to the Daily Mail, the FDA found traces of this chemical which has been linked to gastric, colorectal, and kidney cancer in animals. Walmart, CVS, and Rite-Aid voluntarily removed this product from their shelves, but it still could be sold in other stores. I have seen sample packs in recent weeks behind the counter at local convenience stores. If you are taking Zantac or Ranitidine in the prescription form please contact your health care provider. If you suffer from heartburn, please do not panic because there are a number of simple ways you may be able to treat this painful issue through diet and lifestyle changes.

Dietary changes to prevent heartburn

If you suffer from frequent heartburn, indigestion, acid indigestion, and acid reflux you know how uncomfortable it can be. The burning sensation in the chest, throat, and ears is painful. You may also burp and feel the sensation of your food coming back up your throat, have it come through your nose, or actually vomit. Anyone who has been taking Zantac or Ranitidine and it was working, will not desire to feel the pain and burning they thought was under control. Heartburn is caused when acid moves from the stomach to the esophagus. The esophageal sphincter is supposed to allow food to move downward through your digestive system, without allowing acid to move upward. When the sphincter does not work properly acid gets through and causes all the problems.

The Global Healing Center lists seven dietary changes that may benefit those who deal with heartburn.

1. Take your time and eat your food slowly so that it will digest properly. By chewing your food really well, iy helps yout digestive enzymes to break it down better.

2. Eat several small meals throughout the day rather than three big ones.

3. Chewing gum increases saliva production which is a buffer against stomach acid.

4. Herba remedies have been shown to help acid indigestion. Three of them that are recommended are Licorices tea, fenne tea, and Fenugreek.

5. Ginger root is an ancient remedy that is highly touted for digestive issues. Ginger also works for motion sickness and nausea. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and Ginger tea can soothe an irritated esophagus.

6. Adding a tablespoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water before eating may help indigestion.

7. Drinking a half cup of aloe vera juice before meals is also recommended for digestive ailments.

Lifestyle changes that make a difference

The Global Healing Center also suggests six lifestyle changes that may be beneficial in combatting heartburn.

1. You may have noticed that heartburn gets worse when you lie down. This is because when you ie down with a full stomach, it presses harder against the esophageal sphincter. To remedy this try elevating your and upper body.

2. Don't eat for at least three hours prior to bedtime. This will keep your stomach from being full and reduce your nighty discomfort.

3. Research indicates that people who are under extreme stress tend to have heartburn more than those with less stress. Do all you can to remove yourself from stressful situations and find coping mechanisms for situations you are unable to remove yourself from.

4. Stop smoking. Cigarette smoke can cause the esophageal sphincter not to work properly.

5. Maintain your weight because studies show that even a moderate weight gain can cause heartburn.

Eight Foods to avoid

Certain food and beverages have been proven to cause indigestion so pay attention to what you eat and drink. If you notice that heartburn increases after you eat or drink any of these products then cut them out of your diet, or at least cutback.

1. Alcohol relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter and causes that burning sensation because the acid can travel upward. Red wine and beer have been noted to cause heartburn.

2. Soft drinks and other carbonated beverages are highly acidic. They may cause the esophageal sphincter to open when it should not. Flavored water is a great substitute for soda.

3. Caffeine and coffee can weaken the lower sphincter.

4. Chocolate is high in caffeine and fat which are both triggers for acid indigestion.

5. Fried greasy food takes longer to digest so it remains in your stomach longer which triggers acid indigestion.

6. Citrus fruit and juices, such as lemons and oranges are highly acidic which makes them a trigger for acid reflux. Berries, banana's and apples are alkaline and a much better choice.

7. Dairy products such as whole milk, heavy cream, butter, and cheese can cause acid to rise cause digestive problems.

8. Onions and spicy foods can relax stomach muscles, which will also cause problems with excess acid.

Discuss changes with your health care provider

These suggestions are for informational purposes only and not a guaranteed cure. It is important that you discuss any dietary and lifestyle changes with your health care provider. Each person's situation is different and everyone will respond to changes based on their own unique situation, Good luck!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Cheryl E Preston


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    • shanmarie profile image

      Shannon Henry 

      13 months ago from Texas

      I hadn't heard that these drugs had been removed from shelves. Perhaps because I am not one who gets heartburn all that often. Nonetheless, your article is an informative alternative to medication. Thanks for sharing.


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