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  • Q: Why does Refluxter have a “Warning: Reproductive Harm” statement on it?
    A: There is a California law called Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”) that mandates warnings be given to consumers in various circumstances. For example, under Prop 65 an exposure to an amount of lead over 0.5 micrograms (mcg) per day would require a reproductive toxicity warning. The level requiring a reproductive toxicity warning is set at a level around 1000 times less than the level of exposure where there is no observable effect of harm, a level which is far lower than that set by the FDA. One serving (2 capsules) of Refluxter contains approximately 0.28 mcg of lead. If we had stated to take Refluxter only once a day we would not have been required to give a Prop 65 warning for California residents. However, we wanted people to be aware that they can take Refluxter after every meal and before bedtime if desired. Therefore, 8 capsules of Refluxter would contain approximately 1.12 mcg of lead, which is still far below the amount of lead in common food items such as 90 grams of shrimp (~18.9 mcg) and 1 cup of cooked rice (~2.17 mcg). Even fruits can contain lead. A single serving (one cup or 230 grams) of grapefruit contains approximately 5.98 mcg of lead, which exceeds the Proposition 65 limit by nearly 12 times. The FDA's interim reference level for lead is 8.8 mcg/day for females of childbearing age, with a 10x safety factor built in (the FDA had determined 88 mcg is the upper limit of safety, but wanted a 10x safety factor to err on the side of caution). This ensures lead intake stays well below levels associated with health risks. Some Prop 65 chemicals, such as lead, are prevalent in the soil of the natural environment, and they unavoidably end up in supplements that contain natural ingredients. Products with synthetic ingredients or which are heavily processed can more easily avoid introducing or remove natural contaminants. This unfairly impacts natural products.
  • Q: Can I take Refluxter after every meal?
    A: Yes, you can take Refluxter after every meal and before bedtime. However, be mindful of the calcium and sodium intake if you have any kidney or blood pressure issues. Many people like to take Refluxter just before going to sleep to help them deal with the acid hitting their throat when laying flat during sleep.
  • Q: How long does it take for Refluxter to start working?
    A: Refluxter starts to work very quickly. You should feel its effects within 10-15 minutes after taking it. The “raft” that is formed can last up to 4 hours.
  • Q: Is Refluxter safe to take during pregnancy?
    A: Yes the non-systemic nature of the ingredients used in Refluxter make it safe for use while pregnant. From the literature on alginate use during pregnancy, no particular risks have been shown to date for both the mother and unborn baby when alginate had been administered during all the pregnancy trimesters. Source: Quartarone G. Gastroesophageal reflux in pregnancy: a systematic review on the benefit of raft forming agents. Minerva Ginecol. 2013 Oct;65(5):541-9. PMID: 24096290.
  • Q: Are there any dietary restrictions when taking Refluxter?
    A: There are no dietary restrictions. You can take Refluxter without it affecting your lifestyle. Carry Refluxter with you when you know you are going to eat something that will cause heartburn.
  • Q: Can I take Refluxter with other medications like proton pump inhibitors?
    A: After thoroughly reviewing the scientific literature on potential interactions, we found no evidence that the nutrients in this formula would adversely interact with prescription medications or interfere with the formation of the raft. However, it is best not to take Refluxter and other medications or supplements at the same time. You can take other medications or supplements 1 hour before Refluxter or 4 hours after Refluxter. The alginate raft that forms can last up to 4 hours. If you are taking prescription medications and considering taking Refluxter, we recommend consulting with your physician first.
  • Q: Can I eat or drink after taking Refluxter?
    A: Though it is best not to eat or drink after taking Refluxter, you still can without any harm. The alginate raft that forms has a foamy gel-like consistency and food or liquid will pass through it with the assistance of peristalsis and gravity.
  • Q: What happens to the alginate raft after it dissolves?
    A: The alginate raft will simply be digested.
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