The often forgotten issue that could be hurting your gut - Aspire Natural Health

The often forgotten issue that could be hurting your gut

In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-An often forgotten factor that could be causing your gut problems or preventing them from healing!


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2 Minute Quiz – Are We the Right Fit to Help You?


Hey Folks,

It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health, and in this quick video, we’re going to talk about an often overlooked factor that could be causing you digestive issues. Whether you’re just now exploring options for digestive problems, or you’ve tried may different things to heal your gut, there’s one cause that people often forget about, and that’s prescription drugs.

Now I just want to make it clear that I’m not anti-prescription drugs. I think they are powerful useful tools that have their place in helping people survive and thrive, but we want to be mindful of how we use them, and aware of their side-effects too.

And there are lots of causes of digestive dysfunction, from things like messed up gut bacteria, problematic foods, and more. So it’s not always the fault of prescription drugs, but it certainly can be.



And we’re not even focusing on the two most common prescription drugs that trash people’s gut health – antibiotics and antacid medications. I’ve talked extensively about both before, so feel free to browse through these videos on those topics.

Today we’re talking about other prescription medications that can mess up people’s guts. One obvious one that people routinely overlook are painkillers. From the more powerful painkillers like morphine vicodin and others, to over the counter painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen, all of them can mess up your gut. Again, please, I’m not saying don’t take pain medication if you need it, but if you’re battling a messed up gut and are routinely using these medications, now you know why.

And there are more medications that can cause problems. For some people antidepressant medications can really mess up their guts. Your gut has more serotonin in it than your brain does, so for some people using an anti-depressant can cause a lot of gut issues.

A number of the more serious immunpsuppressing drugs like methotrexate, azathioprine, the antibiotic neomycin and others have all been shown to have the potential to damage the gut.

And recently a wonderful person we’re working with brought to my attention that the blood pressure lowering medication Olmesartan has the potential to damage the gut as badly as active celiac disease! Yikes!

While some of these medications we’ve talked about are uncommon. Olmesartan is a fairly common blood pressure medication, also known as Benicar here in the States, and quite a few people are taking it. This is one I hadn’t known about, and now you do!

So now you know…

2 Minute Quiz – Are We the Right Fit to Help You?

There are quite a few medications, some of them very common, out there that can screw up your gut.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take them, but make sure that they really are the right tools for the job.

I suggest you avoid antibiotics when possible. Of course take them if you need them, but we see many cases of people taking antibiotics when they don’t really need them. And we’ve seen people’s guts messed up by a single course of antibiotics, and many people who come to see us have a history of many rounds of antibiotics over the years along with their symptoms growing worse and worse.

Pain killers are another medicine that needs to be used appropriately. Especially the over the counter painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen. Just because you can buy it in the grocery store doesn’t mean they’re harmless, and regular use of these medicines could be the cause of your gut problems.

Antacids we’ve talked about many times before and you’re welcome to go back and watch those videos for more information.

The big surprise here for me was the blood pressure medication Olmesartan or Benicar. If your gut problems developed after you started this medication, I’d suggest talking to your doctor about switching you to a different blood pressure medication, or seeing a holistic doctor who might be able to get you off that medication altogether.

So there you have it…

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At Aspire Natural Health we are experts at helping people with digestive issues and autoimmune diseases. If that’s you or a loved one, who is suffering, we’d love to connect.

We offer a chance to have a chat where the focus is you. We’ll learn a little bit more about what’s going on for you, and to see if we’re the best choice to help you, and if we’re the right fit to work together.

If we are, we’ll talk about moving forward, and if we’re not, we’ll do our best to connect you with the person who can best help you.

The only thing you have to lose, is being unsure what the best next step for you is.

You’ll leave our chat feeling calm and confident, and knowing what you need to do to get help, so please call us now at 425-202-7849 or email us at

Alright folks, until next time…Take care!


At Aspire Natural Health we are experts at helping people suffering with digestive issues and autoimmunity.

Are you or a loved one looking for help?

Email us at or call us at 425-202-7849.

The first step of our process is to see if we’re a good fit for one another. If we are, we’ll talk about next steps. If not, that’s okay, and we’ll do our best to help you find the right person.

Everything is no-obligation and no-pressure, so you don’t have to worry. The only thing you have to lose, is the frustration of not knowing what to do next!

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