Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Activated Charcoal
- ACV, Ginger, Garlic
- Alkaline Acid Diet
- Alkaline Water
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Apple
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Manuka Honey
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Orange Peel, Aloe
- Artichoke Extract, Aloe Vera
- Avoid Alcohol
- Avoid Non-Fat Dairy
- Avoid Steak
- Baby Food
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda and Water, Lose Weight
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Basil Seeds
- Bentonite Clay
- Betaine Hydrochloride
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Blended Raw Potato
- Blood Type Diet
- Calcium and Magnesium
- Cell Salts
- Chamomile Tea
- Chew Slowly
- Chia Seed
- Coconut Oil
- Coffee Creamer
- Decaf Coffee
- Detox Am Tea
- Detoxification Diet
- Dietary Changes
- Digestive Enzymes
- Digestive Enzymes, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics
- Eliminate Grains and Legumes
- Eliminate Soy
- Fruit Juice
- General Feedback
- Gerd Surgery
- Ginger Ale
- Gluten-Free Diet
- Green Tea
- High Altitudes
- Hot Peppers
- Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation
- Hydrogen Peroxide, ACV and Baking Soda
- Ibuprofen Connection
- Ice Cubes
- Kefir, Kombucha
- Kombucha Tea
- Liver Cleanse, ACV and Baking Soda
- Low Carb Diet, Hcl
- Lugol's Iodine
- Magnesium Chloride
- Mangosteen Juice
- Mastic Gum
- Miso Soup
- Multiple Remedies
- Non-Alcoholic Beer
- Olive Oil
- Orange Peel
- Orange Peel Extract
- Palm Oil
- Petai (Stink Bean)
- Pickle Juice
- Pickled Okra
- Pine Needles
- Pine Nuts
- Potato Juice
- Probiotics, Hlc
- Raise the Bed
- Raw Honey
- Reader Feedback
- Reader Theories
- Red Wine
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Reduce Stress
- Remedies Needed
- Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips
- Sea Salt
- Sleep on Your Left Side
- Slippery Elm
- Soda Water
- Soy Milk
- Sprouted Moong Lentils
- Sugar Tea
- Ted's Remedies
- Tomato Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Vinegar-Based Hot Sauce
- Vitamin B-6
- Water and Sea Salt
- Wheat Sensitivity
- Yogurt, Apples
12/08/2012: Dushyant from Duabi, Dubai, Uae: "hello, I am having acidity problem since last one year. I am not able get the permananet solutions. I have tried so many tablats. but no benifit. now it is seems like ulcer bcoz whenever I am eating anything it hurt my chest. I seen a..."
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11/18/2006: Rosemary from Trenton, NJ: "I had acid reflux (see my posted message from March, 2006). I am finally getting back to you with what did finally cure me. The apple cider vinegar I tried did not work. What did work was eating a good quality yogurt several times a day along with two acidophilus/bifodophilus capsules with a high bacterial count. I took the capsules 3 times a day with each meal. I did this for 3 weeks straight. That is how long it took for the symptoms of acid reflux to totally subside. The yogurt was very cooling and it contains a lot of good bacteria. I ate a cup in the morning, then I had a half a cup after lunch and after dinner. During the day, I would take a tablespoon full periodically to help cool the throat. I had good results after one week, but it did not totally subside until the end of the 3 weeks.
I came to the conclusion by putting together these two known facts.
(1) Stomach ulcers are caused by a bacteria and many people with stomach ulcers are aspirin users.
(2) Antibiotics cause diarrhea because it destroys the good bacteria in the intestines. All one needs to do is to take acidophilus during and after taking taking antibiotics to avoid diarrhea and loose bowel problems.
Armed with this information....the more I thought about the sudden problem I had developed with acid reflux, the more I thought it must be related to a bacteria problem (either not enough good or too much bad). Since I try to eat a healthy diet, I could not see why I would suddenly develop this "disease". Therefore, I banked on the idea that ibuprofen was probably destroying the good bacteria which allowed the bad bacteria to attack the esophagus. I have to say, I have stopped taking pain pills except on rare occasions. I started exercising (biking) and my knee is now 80% better than it was before. One other new fact that has just come out about ibuprofen is that it also inhibits muscles from strengthening. I heard about this through a friend - I believe one of the universities did a study with athletes and they discovered this about the athletes who took ibuprofen either before, during or after training."
08/20/2006: Lisa from Santa Clarita, CA: "I've been getting heartburn since I was 11 or 12. Many misdiagnoses and 30 years later, I found out that I had ACHALASIA. This is a condition where the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) does not properly relax and open to allow food/liquid to pass into the stomach. The pain is unbelievable and sipping ice water slowly was the best solution most of the time. I was probably born this way; don't know if it's true for everyone. I've had several medical/surgical procedures. The best was one that "tore" open the LES muscle so food can pass through to my stomach. It doesn't last forever, but with experimentation and avoiding foods that get "stuck," I get along just fine. I'm so grateful to the doctor that finally gave me the barium swallow and diagnosed my condition!"
03/30/2006: Rosemary from Trenton, NJ: "I just started getting acid reflux and have been awakened in my sleep from it (twice so far) and I've never had a digestive problem before. So it was quite baffling. I just started taking ibuprofen regularly to combat the pain in an arthritic knee. Funny that this is the only change in my diet and all of a sudden I have acid reflux. Well, it turns out that ibuprofen will do havoc on your digestive system. So, I will try the apple cider vinegar cure. But, wanted to make sure everyone with this problem is warned that there is a likelihood that their acid reflux problem may be related to taking medications such as ibuprofen. I am hopeful that stopping the pain medication and drinking the ACV will fix the problem."
11/18/2005: Jeffrey from Leeds, Yorkshire, England: "re acv the pharmaceutical companies do not want the public to know what is the main cause of acid reflux ie the low level of acid in the stomach. The annual profits on prescribed/over the counter antacids must run into many millions of pounds for the drug companies. I just hope many more people like me find your fantastic website."
Falcon from Mariposa, CA: "Re the Acid reflux problem: I took an Iridologist class with Dr. Bernard Jenson and we learned that the problem is not too much acid but low acid. Which we could verify by reading the fibers of the eyes. So the pharmaceutical co.s making a killing selling the purple pill as a cure are totally misleading the public. The purple pill turns off acid pumps and if anything make it worse. That the purple pill cures the damage done to the esophagus may be partially true in that one does not have any acid in the stomach to break down the proteins. But one wonders what the long term effect of sending partially broken down proteins through ones digestive system. Another cure we recommended after determining the persons problem was truly not high acid but low acid, was to recommend they take plant HCL (hydrocloric acid) and they can test it themselves. With a high protein meal at first take one see how it works for them then 2, and keep upping the amount until they learn what their system needs.
Another easy cure it to avoid eating heavy meals especially high protein meals at end of day when you are tired. It is the tiredness that causes the sphincter muscles to relax conserving energy that is the cause of acid reflux. So when one is tired and lays down to sleep the acid then can slosh out of the stomach into the esophagus, so they end up with what we call heart burn. Not of course tis the burning by ones acid in the stomach of the esophagus.
[YEA] 11/04/2008: Max from Tuxedo Park, NY: "a good red wine for acid reflux cure
Ok.....i just spent the last 6 hrs battling a severe case of acid reflux....i might deal with this 2 to 3 times a year, but this was the absolute worst....i actually thought it could be a heart attack so obviously that didn't help matters....i was popping pepsid and tums and downing bottled water to no avail....checked your website but had no applecider vinegar or baking soda. No way did i think red wine would do me any good, but i wanted to calm my mind so i poured two big glasses, drank them rather quickly about an hour ago....and its all gone...back to feeling myself again. Maybe someone could tell me scientifically how this could be?"Replies
[YEA] 11/23/2011: Krimzen from Atlantic City, Nj/usa replies: "The FDA and Food Industry have played a deceptive, sinister and cruel trick on acid reflux sufferers. They have disguised the cause of this "disease" in an unethical (albeit brilliant) web of lies and deception. They have capitalized upon one of those situations in life where the logical answer is wrong, and the answer that doesn't seem to make a lick of sense on the surface is right by advocating to the population that the logical answer is in fact, correct, and the solution is "X" when they know it is dead wrong but don't care, because it creates an entire industry, which yields profit.
We are led to believe that our Acid Reflux is the result of too much acid in the stomach that then "spills" into the esophagus, causing the burning sensation. However, the reality is just the opposite. There is no such thing as "Acid Reflux disease or GERD. " You experience the symptoms associated with acid reflux because your stomach is not producing enough acid and stomach gases force food and acid upwards into the esophagus. The technical diagnoses is "Hypochlorhydria, " which means "too little stomach acid" (Hydrochloric acid) and the FDA doesn't want you to figure that out, because the cure is not pharmaceutical drugs, which means you won't be giving them money to keep you on life-long chemicals that address symptoms rather than causes, until you develop side effects to medicine "X" and have to take medicine "Y" to suppress them, all resulting in more money in their pockets for essentially killing you over time.
The reason red wine helps your acid reflux is because red wine appears to help with digestion. Red wine helps with digestion because it has acidic value, just like Apple Cider. Put simply, you are adding acid to your stomach. This is why you feel more severe heartburn for the first 20 seconds when you take a sip as it travels down your throat to your stomach, followed by relief once it arrives and settles. You are effectively repopulating your stomach with the acidic value it needs to execute digestion, thus preventing gases from forcing anything into your esophagus. However, since you are led to believe your symptoms are due to too much acid in the stomach, the logical reaction is to classify red wine as a GERD/Reflux catalyst or agitator, which is why most "no-no foods lists" for Acid Reflux sufferers will include red wine.
Pharmaceutical medications essentially do the same thing, but they do it in an unhealthy, dangerous & expensive way. What they do is eliminate ALL acid in the body. When this happens, the body panics and works extremely hard to reproduce sufficient acid. Once this process completes, your symptoms go away, because your stomach now has an appropriate level of acid in it. The FDA, however, wants you to keep giving them more money, so they hope you continue to believe you have too much acid and you need these drugs to keep your acid levels under control.
Nothing seems to cure Hypochlorhydria except for lifestyle change and time. You must treat the source of the problem, which is faulty digestion. If you had proper digestion, your body wouldn't lack the acid levels required to digest nourishment in the stomach.
I personally have been on multiple prescription medications for chronic Acid Reflux before learning the truth for the past 8 years. The only medication that worked for me alleviated my symptoms momentarily at the expense of injecting 1,680 mg of sodium into my system everyday. Combine that with my daily salt intake and I'd be dead by 40, like our forefathers who used salt to preserve their foods. That being said, I have always been skeptical about holistic remedies, and given my general luck, most things don't end up working for me. That being said, I would like to share what has worked for me, so that in the event you are skeptical, have bad luck or nothing ever works for you, you can know that someone with the same problem found the following solutions:
I recommend a full spectrum digestive enzyme before or after every meal, as well as a probiotic from your local vitamin store. Certified Inner Fillet Aloe Vera Juice helps as well, but I wouldn't take it everyday because it has claims to be hard on the kidneys over a long period of time/usage. Absolutely positively stay away from anything spicy. Spicy food is the only thing that will render every trick in my bag useless and keep me up all night burning, regardless what time I ate it. There's also nothing on the planet I love more, but you have to do what you have to do. On that topic, never overeat, never eat past 7pm, and although it is very hard to follow (I am guilty of not following this often), try to limit your intake of liquid with your meals to 5-6 ounces preferably a good red wine or water. The reason for this is to not dilute your stomach acid to ensure it remains effective in digestion. Drink water at least 30 minutes after your meal. Lastly on the topic of digestion, and even harder to follow than limiting liquid intake is to not mix your food groups. The human digestive system is not well equipped to fully digest multiple food groups simultaneously. In other words, do not eat your roughage, meets & starches together. When one does this, the digestive system kicks into overdrive from being overwhelmed, and there is no way it is able to fully digest all food from all food groups when ingested simultaneously. The end result is poor digestion and putrefying food in the stomach, producing that "full for 12 hours" feeling, indigestion, heartburn, etc.
Following these guidelines will not alleviate your symptoms, however. These recommendations may heal and correct your body over time with consistent use, which is needed. While your body does this though, let's talk about the things that can manage the symptoms.
The absolute first thing you I recommend to do after reading this is buy a large bottle of Papaya Enzyme chewable tablets these guys are your best friends, and without them you are severely disadvantaged in managing your symptoms. They have a similar effect to over the counter antacid chewables, but they are enzymes, so rather than spin the acid depletion / replenish cycle, it aids your digestive system while controlling and preventing further symptoms. Most instructions say to take 3 with meals and two when needed. I often take ~25 a day.
Try to find a health foods store that carries Slippery Elm Powder. This is tree bark dust, and it coats & soothes your stomach. Mix 1-2 teaspoons into a mug of hot water & be prepared because it is ungodly nasty and the texture is like drinking mucus. That being said, provided it doesn't cause you to wake up congested and you aren't allergic to it, it is excellent in relieving symptoms.
Purchase organic roasted almonds and consume. For some reason, roasted almonds appear to alleviate symptoms. Almond milk is a good choice as well, but doesn't appear to work nearly as well as almonds in my experience.
Now the stomach needs to be trained to produce sufficient acid. This can be done by buying a bottle of raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother and drinking 3 tablespoons in 8oz of water 3 times a day. Drinking ACV has other health benefits as well, but it can be rough on the stomach for some (myself included). Apple Cider Vinegar is also quite nasty, but it replenishes acid and alleviates symptoms. Avoid ACV capsules, as they do not appear to work. Proven Old Amish Formula "Stops Acid Reflux" formula produces a similar effect to ACV, can be taken straight, and is a bit more bearable. It also contains ginger and garlic juices. However, in my case of sensitive stomach, both cause me stomach discomfort (ACV stomachache, Amish Formula bloating) so I opt to not take them. In their absence, I have found that good red wine (preferably Cabernet Sauvignon) alleviates symptoms, and appears to replenish acid levels. Another method is to purchase Hydrochloric Acid in pill form (5-HCL) and take before and/or after meals to add acid to the stomach. This is the only approach I have no experience with as of yet.
I recommend purchasing a crushed ice maker and chewing crushed ice. The ice will soothe your throat and remove all symptoms while actively consuming, but symptoms will often re-emerge shortly after you have stopped eating ice. Drinking water helps momentarily. Chewing gum also seems to remove symptoms by increasing saliva production which improves digestion, and masks the feeling of heartburn with the flavor of the gum instead. Ensure your head and upper chest is elevated when you sleep to assist gravity in keeping the acid splash from the gases where it belongs. This can be accomplished with a wedge pillow or 6-8 inches of bricks under the bed.
As a last resort, keep a box of baking soda on hand; dissolve ¼ tsp of baking soda in 4-5 ounces of water and drink. Most recommend 8 ounces. In my experience, less water works better. This will neutralize acid so that if gases are causing splashing on the esophagus, it will be neutral & (relatively) symptom free. I often need to consume Â¼ tsp baking soda to sleep comfortably. Just be aware that ¼ tsp of baking soda is somewhere around 300mg of sodium. That being said, it is loads better than the 1, 680mg I was consuming every night.
This is every tool in my toolbox that has had any sort of positive effect on controlling and moving towards curing my Hypochlorhydria. I recommend equipping yourself with all of these tools, but if I could only choose three I'd take the Papaya Enzymes and an Acid Producer (Red Wine, ACV, etc.) daily, while keeping the baking soda on hand for emergencies. Remember, consuming spicy foods will render every single tool ineffective. However, following these guidelines has allowed me to manage this condition, but I can't guarantee the same for everyone."
04/05/2012: Elizabeth from Cambridge, Ma Usa replies: "Very helpful. I've been working on this two months, am much better, trying to fine tune the "in between meals" problems. Tried red wine this evening, and was so pleased I went to the net. Please look up and consider the 6 mg. Melatonin per night approach, which has nearly taken away my symptoms, and the low carbohydrate diet approach. Melatonin reasons are beyond me. For low carb, many people have an imbalance between fungus and good biotics, and need to rebalance. The fungal contingent is happy eating carbs/sugar/fast burn refined anything. If that is your problem, a proprietary product called Candex is the best I've found (although there are many other herbal approaches). It takes months, but you will automatically lose weight (be prepared if you are thin), and it will balance out. Good luck to all, and thanks for the confirmation on red wine."
Red Wine Vinegar
[YEA] 03/29/2007: Franklin from Snead, AL: "I had terrible acid reflux and was afraid of getting esophagus cancer. My acid reflux was so bad my throat would swell. Twice daily, drink one fourth cup of redwine vinegar in three fourths glass of water until well and repeat if acid reflux returns. Give God the glory. I'm totally free of acid reflux."Replies
[YEA] 11/19/2009: Jay from Philly, Pa replies: "Apple Cider Vinegar has been my acid reflux/GERD cure of choice recently as it has really seemed to help more than any medicine's I've tried. I ran out of Apple Cider Vinegar and searched to see if Red Wine Vinegar had the same sort of benefits. I saw a few people on here said it worked, so I figured I would give it a try. Sure enough, 2 teaspoons in about 2 cups of water did the trick like magic.
The scientific explanation:
The acid in the vinegar aides the digestive process. Stomachs can sometime produce too much acid. However, more likely someone's stomach with GERD or chronic acid reflux actually produces not enough acid or too much alkaline.
The acid from the vinegar helps digest and process the remnants of food that hasn't been able to be digested naturally.
I like to think of my stomach as a mini-science experiment. Taking extraordinary amounts of TUMS or acid reduction medicine to remedy the solution is usually short term. Although it's sometime painful, in the long run it's better to find something like vinegar or other natural remedy that isn't harmful to your body that you can take on a daily basis."
[YEA] 05/19/2008: Gislain from Phoenix, AZ: "Stress was cause of my Acid Reflux:
3 weeks ago today after lunch at work, I had experienced some acid reflux pain. It was beyond heartburn and made me concerned. I wasn't sure why I was having this so I researched online. The cause: Not digesting my food properly.
So I spent money on digestive enzymes and stress reduction supplements - $50. Then I returned the next morning buying a Chinese herbal remedy supplement - $30. After not sleeping still from the pain at night, I decided to see the doctor and get a prescription for Prevacid - $25. I tested my ph and it was 5.5 so I bought a body ph reduction supplement - $25. Then another supplement - $20. All of this with no relief.
Finally, I tried Apple Cider Vinegar which helped ($4) and allowed me to sleep at night, but during the day and in the evenings, the suffering continued. I couldn't eat this and can't eat that. I overall dropped 10 pounds in almost 3 weeks. I was convinced I had an ulcer or maybe CANCER!
Finally after consulting with family and self-evaluation and insufficient funds at the bank, I found the root-cause of my Acid Reflux - Stress and Worrying!!! I tried relaxation techniques and positive thinking, and last night at dinner, I ate a veggie burger with a WHEAT bun and salad with RANCH DRESSING and FRIED SHRIMP and HOT SOUP and had almost zero problems afterwards. Today, I have had no Apple Cider Vinegar and the stress is down. My Acid Reflux is so much better and is improving. My esophagus is so imflammed still and will need time to fully heal. But in my case, my Stress and Worry caused my problem. Before you decide that you are stuck with Acid Reflux forever, try relaxing first. That may be your problem - Stress!!
I was having stress at work and tend to be a worry-wart at heart. I am my mother's child. She died of pancreatic cancer at age 51. She was under constant stress all her life. I'll be 25 next month and plan on living a long time. Stress will not kill me!
Also, another important thing too is to be calm when I eat. That makes such a big difference!"
11/01/2008: Ali from Portland, OR USA replies: "Ref: Posting of 05/19/2008: Gislain from Phoenix, AZ
You are absolutely correct. Stress can certainly cause acid reflux. Then the person is told to take PPI's or H2 Blockers. The next thing they know they're on med's for life. Avoid worry and stress. Don't get over weight (if you are lose weight), eat right (smaller portions and healthy). Avoid all medications that can cause reflux (and there is a lot of them out there, prescription and OTC). Lastly, practice relaxful breathing, close your eyes and envision a calm place."
12/08/2012: Dushyant from Duabi, Dubai, Uae: "hello, I am having acidity problem since last one year. I am not able get the permananet solutions. I have tried so many tablats. but no benifit. now it is seems like ulcer bcoz whenever I am eating anything it hurt my chest.
I seen a blog for Apple Cider Vinegar may be the solution but I have doubt that Apple Cider Vinegar already having the acidity so how it can help to reduce acidity. i am looking for he permanent solutions. i hope u will give me the best solutions."Replies
12/08/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Search for Ted's Alkalizing Forumala in this site. It is using ACV and Baking Soda. Take this, you will be alright and prevent ulcer."
EC: You can find Ted's Alkalizing Forumalas right here.
12/11/2012: Alsky from Toronto, On Canada replies: "ACV becomes alkaline after ingested. It works!"
09/15/2012: Atique from Dhaka, Bangladesh: "My gallbladder has been removed due to stone formation, for that I'm presently suffering from acidity problem, I feel occassional chest pain. My one artery has been found 40% block. I'm taking prescribed medicine given by my doctor like Amdocal for high pressure and Lopirel for thinning blood. After seeing this site I am taking this mixture 1 tablespoon in the morning for last 14 days, along those medicine but feeling more acidity and some time unconfortable in my stomach. Due to acidity I feel some bit of uneasyness in left chest. I'm not sure why this thing is happenning? Can anybody suggest me?"
09/04/2012: Chris from Jackson, Mississippi: "Hi, My name is chris. I'm 17 years old and a male. When I was 11 I woke up one morning telling my mom I couldn't swallow. Felt like something sitting in the base of my throat. Right above the center of my collarbone. I went to the er they did tons of tests. Scoped my throat and said "acid reflux" handed me some horrible flavored pepcid tablets and sent me home. I've had trouble ever since. For years it was just my throat problem. Often times not able to speak without trigger my gag reflex. Constantly feeling the sensation.
Later on (around age 14) it started with heartburn. Keeping me up till 3 and 4 am everynight. I started taking tums. About 2 a day when heartburn started (this went on until I was 16). One night I had heartburn and took a tums, about 15 minutes later my heart rate jumped so high so rapidly I thought I was having a heart attack. I was rushed to the hospital. They did tests, checked my heart, sent me home. After 4 nights in a row this happening and going to the er they finally admitted me to the heart floor. After about a week in the er they scoped my throat with a camera to find I had gastritis(the weird heart rate and chest pain ended up being a bad abses tooth along with gastritis) The doctor spoke with my parents about having trouble getting the scope to go down. He said he had to use an infant scope and still had trouble getting it through(the sphincter in my throat was too tight)
They put me on carafate for the gastritis which I took for a month. I finally stopped due to 2 weeks of constipation. Even with stool softeners and laxatives. After I stopped taking carafate my bowel movements changed. I still struggle with constipation and hemorroids. Now I'm on nexium once a day. I have no heartburn but I'm often holding my left side(mid ribcage) it sometimes is a pain often just a odd feeling. And constant belching. Sometimes I'll feel the sensation to belch but it feels stuck and I have to kinda force it out. If I don't take nexium I can barely breathe. No heartburn.. Just scary trouble breathing.
But now every night I lie awake with trouble breathing.. And a feeling like all the blood has left my head. I describe it as a groggy feeling. The left side of the back of my neck always feels stiff and bothers me more when these symtoms are flaring up. I've tried apple cider vinegar but heard it causes constipation and it doesn't help with the belching at all. I've done everything I know to do. My quality of life is so bad I've become depressed. I lie awake at night praying for God to send healing or some answer my way until I fall asleep from exhasution.
If anyone reads this and has answers please email me Jxnskates(at)gmail.com"
08/21/2012: Nycb from Ontario, Ca: "I get a very full feeling right under my rib cage and i'm very uncomfortable most of the time. I drink ACV, it does not help, unless I'm naseaus then it helps. And I get that way OFTEN as in daily.... Sometimes I just chew on a few mints and it subsides. I really don't have the typical issues of reflux so that's why I'm asking. Also when I get that full feeling it feels really jittering in my stomach. Could I have a wheat intolorance?... Sometimes I feel like i'm a mess... Someone please help!"Replies
08/21/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Nycb, why don't you "follow your haunch" and try going a week or two gluten-free, or at least wheat-free and see how you do with that?"
08/21/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "It could be gluten intolerance, or it could also be an unhealthy gall bladder with gall stones perhaps. Drink a squeezed lemon in warm water several times daily to keep your body alkaline, and also to help the bile flush through the gall bladder. Eating beets before each meal will also help."
08/26/2012: Nycb from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "I have tried to go vegan and I'm on my third day.... I just cheated.... But for the last two nights no problem! .... However what I just cheated on was three pieces of cake.... so I will see how I feel tonight."
08/27/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Nycb, if you "cheat", from my experience it is a sign of your body missing things. For example, a doctor told me when I crave sweets, I am missing protein. Since then, a salmon steak or an egg dish is what I go for when craving hits, and it never fails to work! I sorta think cravings are the body's signal for stuff it needs. But we have to "read" it right. That's the hard part!"
07/21/2012: Ruth from London, England: "Hi Ted.. What is the correct recipe for severe acid reflux. Should I use the the bicarb as well? I'm on omeprezole ppi but does not seem to work. Thanks Ruth"
07/20/2012: Reinaldo from Bx, Ny: "Im a 42year old male, and I have been sufferring from acid reflux for 2 and a half years. Ive been through indoscopy, taking all kins of medications such as nexium, omeprazole, prevacid, alore vera, among all other home remedies to help my situation. In addition I have consulted with a psycaitris who has also prescribed medications and NOTHING helps. I also follow a small portion meal. My symptoms include, dry mouth bitter taste, burning sensation on my lips and teeth, my tounge is mainly white but changes with things I eat. This has effect my life as it has changed my moods and approach towards others, esspecially my family. Suicidal thoughts come to mind and I no longer enjoy the things life has to offer. Im desperate for your help, to become the HAPPY man I was before. Please TED, please, goodnight."Replies
07/21/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Proton pump inhibiting drugs cause a big mess to your stomach.
Now you should identify whether you produce more or less acid in your stomach. More acid or less acid produces same symptoms of acid reflux.
For low acid:
After a meal if you have acid reflux drink a quarter lemon squeezed in half glass of water, add honey to taste. If the symptom subsides then drink half lemon squeezed in full glass of water in the next meal.
For half lemon juice if the symptoms subside then continue with it till your intestine and stomach gets healed.
For High Acid:
Drink one of the Ted's Alaklizing Forumla. In any case you should take Ted's Alkalizing Formula.
Also, add probiotic foods like Kefir, Saurkraut, Home made Yoghurt. Saurkraut can cure most of the acid related stomach symptoms whether low acid or high acid.
Once your stomach symptoms dissapear, your suicidal thoughts will vanish. It is just a phase, just ignore it.
07/21/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Continuation...When taking lemon juice if your acid reflux increases, then drink a glass water with quarter tsp of baking soda. Start eating saurkraut and take ted's alkalizing formula."
07/21/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "Probiotic - rich foods are essential and very effective in clearing up acid reflux. Home made milk kefir (consumed daily) is probably the easiest and most effective way to stop your acid reflux issues.
This site teaches you to make your own milk kefir.
You do this for 2-3 weeks and notice the dramatic change in your entire mind-body. The kefir consumption should be ongoing. If you stop, you will notice your acid problems again. Also sauerkraut, lacto-fermented veggies and kombucha are very helpful too. (All these can be found on the link above too).
Good luck, Tina"
07/21/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Reinaldo... If there is too little acid in your stomach -- this will also cause reflux problems and if you are also taking PPIs from the doc -- then this is about the worst thing you can take to heal your reflux problem if you have low stomach acid already.
For a more complete and full explanation of your reflux problem and how to go about resolving it -- see this longer post by me from a few days ago:
06/22/2012: Christine from Nottingham, England: "Do give marshmallow root, it worked well for me. I opened two capsules into a cup and added a little water three times a day. I had tried most of the other remedies and this one worked best for me. We are different but it may be worth a try."