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Antacid use can lead to low magnesium levels.

Chronic use of antacids for heartburn, or GERD, have been shown to lead to low enough magnesium levels to require hospitalization, especially in patients who are also using diuretics for high blood pressure.  Magnesium is estimated to be chronically low in more than half of Americans, and it is an important mineral needed for over 300 processes in the human body including neurotransmitter balance and production, detoxification of toxic substances, blood pressure regulation and energy processes.  Low magnesium levels can express themselves as anxiety, depression, fatigue, fibromyalgia and hypertension, just to name a few.

The best way to test for low magnesium and other minerals in the body is not by serum, but rather by the amount in your red blood cells.  We offer specialty testing your primary care doctor will probably not do, to determine if you need supplementation of specific minerals, so you do not have to take pills that you do not need.

Alternative means of managing heartburn include apple cider vinegar, digestive enzymes and avoidance of food sensitivities.

If you are taking an antacid, you may want to supplement with magnesium.  We recommend magnesium glycinate, because the magnesium is highly absorbable, and bound to another useful molecule, glycine, also necessary for detox and balanced brain chemistry. Antacid use inhibits the absorption of magnesium and calcium, and you therefore want to get the best quality supplement available to ensure you are absorbing the most possible.  The best plan, however, is to treat the cause, and remove the necessity for antacid use in the first place.

The naturopathic doctors at Human Reconstruction can help.  They are alternative medicine specialists, trained in functional medicine, to determine the cause of your problems, and treat it naturally.

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Dr. Heather Wdowin

Dr. Heather Wdowin, NMD is a licensed primary care physician in the state of Arizona, and a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor in California. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Neurobiology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine is from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. She has completely circumnavigated the planet with a backpack, hiked the Grand Canyon nine times, jumped out of an airplane, sailed down the Nile and meditated in the queen’s chamber of the great pyramid. Dr. Wdowin specializes in Sports Medicine, Neuro-endocrinology, and difficult cases. She currently works with professional athletes in the NFL and UFC, optimizes their health and thereby improves their performance. She has studied with the leaders of the emerging Environmental Medicine field, and designed Human Reconstruction’s facility to be perfect for detoxification and depuration therapy and treatment. It is her philosophy to use all tools available to diagnose the cause of disease, and then treat that cause with personalized attention and whatever modality brings about results. She is an accomplished diagnostician and practitioner, as well as a certified clinical hypnotherapist to aid a patient in utilizing the mind body connection in healing.