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Acid Blockers: COVID Risk and ED in Women and Men

Acid Blockers: COVID Risk and ED in Women and Men

If you’ve been taking acid blockers, please read why you may want to try the natural option I’ve outlined below. Acid blockers increase your chances of getting sick from coronavirus (study below), diminish your body’s blood flow, and contribute significantly to erectile dysfunction.

This article from Time Magazine stopped me in my tracks: Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Heightened COVID-19 Risk.

It quotes a Cedars Sinai Hospital study where people taking proton pump inhibitors were 2-4 times more likely to get coronavirus.

“Respondents who said they used proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications to treat their heartburn had anywhere from two to nearly four times the risk of testing positive for COVID-19.”

There is a lot of data about the importance of good gut microbiome and HIGH stomach acid to support immunity and fight off the coronavirus.

ALTERNATIVE TO ACID BLOCKERS

If you’ve been taking acid blockers, please read why you may want to try the natural option I’ve outlined below. Acid blockers increase your chances of getting sick from coronavirus (study below), diminish your body’s blood flow, and contribute significantly to erectile dysfunction.

ED affects women equally — you can’t see the dysfunction because 95% of your erectile tissue is inside, instead of sticking out. Acid blockers cause a lack of pleasure in women as well as men.

Your gut is the foundation of your immune strength. Having good bacteria (no yeast, parasites, or bad bacterial overgrowths) and good stomach acid to kill bacterial invaders and utilize the nutrients from your food is how your system is designed to work.

As you age, your stomach acid diminishes, along with your body’s ability to produce Nitric Oxide, which keeps your blood pumping through your body.

If you take acid blockers (H2’s like Pepcid and Zantac) or PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors like Prevacid or Nexium), you suppress your stomach acid.

BETAINE HCL

A LACK of acid gives you acid reflux. Your esophageal sphincter needs a high amount of acid to close. When you lower the acid, your sphincter doesn’t keep the food in your stomach out of your throat… it just de-acidifies the contents of your stomach.

Then you are left with undigested food, which creates another whole cascade of bowel syndromes and vitamin deficiencies. A Betaine HCL supplement can increase your stomach acid so that the sphincter closes, and the reflux goes away. Adding digestive enzymes can help with undigested foods. I prefer the Masszymes and P3-OM and BetaineHCL from biOptimizers. If you have reflux, it’s also often triggered by gluten. Try their GlutenGuard to get your gut fixed for good.

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NITRIC OXIDE

Further, when you take acid blockers, your stomach can’t turn the food you eat into Nitric Oxide. When your Nitric Oxide is low, your blood doesn’t get pumped around well in your body, and you develop arterial plaque. The plaque calcifies, and your veins get stiff. All this leads to erectile dysfunction, heart attacks, strokes, and a loss of peripheral blood supply.

Another problem that occurs in the “system” is when you use an antibacterial mouthwash. Antibacterial mouthwash kills off the good as well as the harmful bacteria. Then you can’t break down your food to create Nitric Oxide…

See where this is going? More erectile dysfunction for both men and women and a higher chance of getting sick or dying from COVID because Nitric Oxide is responsible for immunity from blood-borne pathogens. And COVID runs along with the endothelial, smooth muscle linings of your veins and arteries. The lower your Nitric Oxide, the worse your vascular immune strength.

You can take our FLOW Nitric Oxide booster made with organic fruit and vegetables to beef up your Nitric Oxide production.

Acid blockers and antibacterial mouthwash is a deadly combination that leads to ED, heart disease, strokes, and loss of protection from viruses, including the coronavirus.

So, what do you do? You don’t want acid reflux, and you don’t want to kill off your good bacteria. Avoid creating an environment in which you’re more susceptible to viruses and bad gut microbiomes compromise your immune system.

FIX YOUR GUT

You fix your gut.

Throw out your mouthwash and use a couple of drops of Nascent Iodine in water. Gargle, swish, spit. Even better, get a water flosser and put a couple of drops of the Nascent Iodine in the flosser. The water flosser will clean out the debris between your teeth and under your gums that your toothbrush misses.

As you know, dental bacteria contribute to Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, and erectile dysfunction, among others. There’s no better time than now to up your dental health game.

I mentioned Nascent Iodine in my COVID Immunity Support Protocol. When you keep the bacteria in your mouth down, it increases your immunity to viruses.

Increase your intake of leafy green vegetables and other Nitric Oxide generating foods.

Take FLOW for increased Nitric Oxide.

Reduce sugar, carbs, and alcohol. Consider taking Gluten Guard. Gluten not only causes inflammation, altered microbiome, and leaky gut, but it may also trigger autoimmunity and inflammation.

Start taking Betaine HCL, Digestive Enzymes, and Probiotics.

RECAP

  1. Use Nascent Iodine instead of mouthwash. Consider using a water flosser.
  2. Eat more Nitric Oxide producing foods and take FLOW Nitric Oxide Booster before bed and sex.
  3. Increase your stomach acid with Betaine HCL instead of using acid blockers.
  4. Take Digestive Enzymes before eating.
  5. Take Probiotics in the morning (and night).
  6. Consider giving up gluten. It’s just bad for you. There is no getting around it.

You need a healthy gut to fend off coronavirus and other pathogens.

If not now in the middle of a raging pandemic, when? Take good care of yourself.

A bit of Apple Cider Vinegar before meals also helps regulate the PH in your stomach. Take a tablespoon with a little water. You won’t have to do all this forever. But it will take 3-4 months of very dedicated supplementation and eating a good diet. But my gosh, your gut is the command center of your health. Treat it right starting today.

Remember, the most critical protection against contracting COVID is wearing a mask, socially distancing, and frequently washing your hands.

  1. AJG-20-1811_R2 – Almario et al.
  2. Betaine supplementation decreases plasma homocysteine in healthy adult participants: a meta-analysis.

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