What causes heartburn?
Heartburn is the result of irritation caused by stomach acid that splashes from the stomach through the lower esophageal sphincter into the esophagus, which is located near the chest area. While many factors can trigger heartburn, the most common reasons for heartburn are associated with diet, stress, chronic disease (e.g., diabetes), exercise-induced acid reflex and pregnancy. While heartburn can occur at any age, the incidences of heartburn tend to increase with age and most frequently occur among individuals over the age of 40.
Why does the body produce gastric acid?
The body produces gastric acid as part of the digestive process. The brain instructs a specific enzyme in the stomach to release gastric acid into the stomach when food enters the body. Gastric acid is needed to activate on contact other digestive enzymes found in the stomach that are needed to help break down food and nutrients before they can be fully digested in the lower intestinal tract.
What role do digestive enzymes serve in the digestive process?
Digestive enzymes are the workhorses of the digestive system. Many people mistakenly believe that gastric acid alone breaks down food. In fact, it is the enzymes that facilitate digestion by causing chemical reactions in the body to break down and absorb food and nutrients. Digestion is facilitated by many enzymes, with each having a specific job along the digestive chain. Enzymes begin working on the digestion the second food enters your mouth and comes into contact with saliva containing enzymes to prepare food for the journey through the body.
Why is the digestive system important?
When you eat foods – such as bread, meat, and vegetables – they are not in a form that the body can use as nourishment. These foods must be broken down into smaller bits, so that the nutrients can be properly absorbed by the body. Digestion is the process by which food and drink are broken down into their smallest parts by digestive liquids and enzymes so that the body can use them to build and nourish cells and to provide your body with energy. Healthy digestion is also closely linked with maintaining a healthy and strong immune system.
What makes Axia3 ProDigestive™ Antacid different?
Axia3 ProDigestive™ Antacid is very different from traditional antacids and acid reducers such as proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and H2 receptor antagonists (H2RA) because it takes into account the whole digestive process. Because the presence of key enzymes are needed to help digest food and nutrients, we designed Axia3 ProDigestive™ Antacid to provide the fast heartburn relief of a traditional antacid coupled with prodigestive enzymes that aid in continuing the digestive process even after heartburn-causing gastric acid is neutralized.
How quickly does Axia3 ProDigestive™Antacid stop heartburn pain?
Axia3 ProDigestive™ Antacid goes to work on contact. The duel combination of sodium bicarbonate and calcium carbonate quickly deliver soothing relief to the esophagus, while neutralizing gastric acid upon entering the stomach.
How does Axia3 ProDigestive™ Antacid promote healthy digestion?
Axia3 ProDigestive™ Antacid contains an exclusive blend of natural prodigestive enzymes that constitute our patented Trigestive™ enzymatic formula. This exclusive enzyme blend is the key method by which critical nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates and essential fats & oils are broken down for subsequent absorption by the body.
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener used as a naturally occurring sugar substitute. Xylitol is absorbed more slowly than sugar and does not contribute to high blood sugar levels or the hyperglycemia caused by insufficient insulin response. As such, it is considered a diabetic-friendly sweetener. Xylitol is also believed to provide other health benefits such as improved oral health, promoting improved boned density, defense against certain infections and possibly transmitting from mother to child during pregnancy defense against bacteria known to cause tooth decay during the first two years of a child’s life.
How many tablets of Axia3 ProDigestive™ Antacid can I take?
Depending on severity of acute heartburn pain, you may take between 2 to 4 tablets for immediate relief. You may take up to 10 tablets in one 24-hour period. However, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor if you have any questions regarding your individual condition.
Why should I use Axia3 ProDigestive™ Antacid instead of a traditional antacid?
Traditional antacids stop heartburn pain on contact by neutralizing the acid in the esophagus while increasing the pH level in the stomach to neutralize gastric acid, but they do not provide additional assistance to the body to digest any food remaining in the stomach. This could result in indigestion and intestinal discomfort. Axia3 ProDigestive™ Antacid provides the immediate relief from heartburn pain on contact, while promoting proper digestion with the patented Trigestive™ enzymatic formula.
Why should I use Axia3 ProDigestive™ Antacid instead of an acid reducer for occasional heartburn?
Acid reducers work through the bloodstream to shut down the pumps in the body through which gastric acid is released, thus, altogether inhibiting chemical reactions with enzymes required for proper digestion. While acid reducers are very effective in treating frequently recurring heartburn and damage resulting from advanced acid reflux, in most cases they should only be taken for a short period of time, and in cases of occasional heartburn in the absence of any damage to the esophagus, a doctor should be consulted if they should not be taken at all. Axia3 ProDigestive™ Anaticid provides a more ideal solution to occasional heartburn, coupled with the digestive aid benefits of the Trigestive™ enzymatic formula.
Does Axia3 ProDigestive Antacid treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
No. Axia3 ProDigestive Antacid is not designed to treat GERD. It is intended for the relief of occasional heartburn, indigestion and upset stomach. You should consult your doctor to diagnostically determine if you suffer from GERD.
It seems like there are many recent studies indicating certain risks in taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for heartburn. Is this true?
Yes. Recent studies analyzed by the Archives of Internal Medicine suggest that up 69% of all PPI prescriptions are unwarranted and that consumers might be overusing PPIs such as omezaprole, Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid due to misunderstanding the proper use of these products. While PPIs are very effective in treating frequent heartburn and advanced acid reflux conditions such as GERD, long-term use of such products for the treatment of occasional heartburn may lead to increased rates of Clostridium difficile diarrheal infection, pneumonia, bone fractures, and negative interaction with antiplatelet medications such as Plavix. As such, Axia3 ProDigestive™ Antacid is an ideal choice for occasional heartburn, as it works on contact and is not known to negatively interact with any other medications or supplements. However, Natrica USA always recommends individuals consult their doctor if they suffer from frequent heartburn despite using antacids for treatment and/or making lifestyle adjustments, as this might be a sign of a more serious condition such as GERD that might need treatment with a PPI.