I did research in medical journals over gerd/acid reflux since it was causing some health problems. What I found was that carbonated drinks build pressure in the stomach pushing the acid back into the throat. I drink one carbonated drink mid-morning then juice, water and decaf-tea during the remaining day. I also found that caffeine relaxes the muscle that becomes weak with gerd. It was a slow process to cut back on the caffeinated drinks and caffeine but now I am feeling so much better.
I'had acid reflux for 2 yrs. and when I went on the Atkins Diet, I never even expected such a sudden cure! I then went to the Atkins Online forum and did a search about acid reflux to see if others had the same experience on this diet. AMAZING! I found other people on the forum saying their acid reflux is gone too as a result of this low carb diet. I realized that the HIGH CARBS were the CAUSE of the GERD ALL ALONG!! As I type this, I know I will sleep just fine again tonight as a result of this discovery!!! I can only hope that this helps others who are suffering.
(Olympia, Washington, Usa)
I have never taken much ibuprofen, but I have been a rather regular user of Excedrin in the past (aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine). I don't take it anymore. My GERD started after I had been on a lo-carb diet for about 5 months. I had never had trouble before. I think the high fat/high protein diet wasn't the best thing for GERD. I went off the diet immediately, but the GERD never left (it's been two years now). Just for your information. I am not overweight and I exercise daily.
Which digestive enzymes work best?
My mother has GERD pretty bad a many senior citizens do. Of coarse things like dairy, sugary products, fatty meats, etc, exacerbate it. Controlling her diet is helpful but not always possible as she feeds herself as well. She used to be on nexium which I hear is the number one selling medication in America. I guess a lot of people have GERD. This worked but was expensive. I also found out not told by our doctor but through personal research that people who take nexium have an increasingly high risk of hip fractures as the medications stops the acid but also blocks to uptake of Important minerals like calcium.
So I got her off the nexium and started giving her all natural antacids which contain blueberry leaf and power. This worked much better than the tums which actually seemed to make things worse. But still it was a battle.
Finally I read a doctors newsletter that spoke of this condition and he among other things recommended digestive enzymes to relieve the stress on the digestive system. This worked like a charm. I give her usually just one digestive enzyme with her dinner since the evening is when it acts up the most. Since then not a single bout of GERD has come up. Thanks God this did the trick. I can't highly recommend this remedy enough.
I had moderate asthma and chronic gerd. I started using a natural enzyme that contained PAPAYA!! I take the tablets everyday. I haven't had a problem or symptom since I've taken them.I've read many studies that papaya helps withs gerd!!
I have tried it ALL. Prilosec, Zantec, Nexium, Apple Cider Vinegar just to name a few.
I have found IT! Digestive Enzymes with Betaine HCl. It works. I doubled the dose for the first week per my natural doctor I see, and then brought it down the next week to normal dosing. Take with every meal. Give this at least a week to do its thing! Oh and along with that take NO GERD, that contains Licorice Root Extract... double that dose for a week as well.
In the meantime to relieve the pain, try 1tsp Baking Soda in a 1/2 glass of water.
I have come across this simple exercise that, over time, cured GERD. It was written up as a case study and published in Cureus. Here is how it works.
You put some food in your mouth, kneel (the author kneeled on a 6" platform, but it may not be necessary; a pillow may do it) and put your arms down on the floor as you bend over, and lay your head into your hands. Chew and swallow the food. (The key is that your head is below the level of your stomach.) The author did part of his breakfast and lunch this way. He got significantly better after 67 days. He was cured after another 5-6 months. The exercise strengthens the lower esophageal sphincter.
Hi, I have problems with my throat for years, when I swallow acidic food or alcohol it is hard to swallow and it hurts and burns in my throat but also my back and my chest. My doc says it is GERD, but does the throat really hurt in that case?
I have GERD for a few years now. It makes me feel like I can't get a deep breath when it flares up. I was taking zantac before bed each night. It has stopped working. I was wondering if Lemons (fresh squeezed) will have the same effect as the ACV? I prefer the lemon with BS. I was doing the ACV a few years ago but felt like I burned my esophagus. I was just drinking it straight-- now it scares me. Or should I try this diluted? Also, have been trying to eat the apples to help with the acid reflux. It helps somewhat but still waking up after 4 or 5 hrs sleep and feeling heartburn. Any help appreciated.
Does one have to have heartburn to be diagnosed with GERD?
Hi all, I was diagnosed with GERD in April 2011. I was prescribed Omeprazole and Gasec. These did not make me feel any better. I developed cramps under my skin. A friend of mine recommended herbal treatments of Kangen water and wheatgrass tablets combined. I have improved greatly. The fast pulse rate, heartburn and short breath feelings I used to have, have lessened. This seems to be helping but lately I have seen bright red blood in my stool. Can anyone help with this please?
Hi I would like to ask if Apple cider vinegar and Kefir can be drink simultaneously for the relief or cure for GERD? I got GERD more than 2 months ago and been taking proton pump inhibitor for almost a month cause the doctor said drink it in 2 weeks time and take it if symptoms still occurs. Until I found this site sharing the wonders of apple cider vinegar, I stop taking my meds(PPI) for a while and started drinking 2tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in 8oz of water 3 times a day and I felt a little better hope to continue it til I found the relief I needed. And then 2 days ago my boss gave me a half jar kefir and he said I should grow it and drink it twice a day, and since I'm drinking apple cider vinegar 3x a day I'm wondering if they are working together? or giving better results?
that's all for now thanks
Hi guys, I'm battling with an acidic stomach / heartburn for almost 2 months, then a week ago I've found here in Earth Clinic the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Acid Reflux it really does make my tummy better.
First I've stopped my Omeperazole, Sodium Bicarb meds for a while (because I've extended my 2 weeks treatment of capsule and got no bail of tummy shaking) to try the Apple cider treatment.
2tsp of Apple Cider in a 1 cup / 8oz of luke warm water, sometimes I do add a teaspoon of honey for 3 times a day, upon arising, mid morning and mid aftenoon or after dinner.
I've notice that my heartburn and crumbling tummy got better though I still feels it but not like before and since I just started ACV for a week, I believe I'll get the relief :)
I only got one question, because yesterday my boss shared his Kefir and he said it has a very good help for acidic stomach, I'm just wondering if I could drink both Kefir and Apple Cider Vinegar? for treating acid reflux/gerd/heartburn without any unusual result?
thanks for your kind reply
Hi, I just came from my doctor to get my results from my endoscopy. I have Non erosive reflux disease(NERD)my esophageal mucosa is pinkish and smooth. Unremarkable antral-type mucosa. My doctor has me on prevacid for 30 days. This is quite costly for me. I've been on 2TBSACV and 1/4 BS for 5 days and 2 days off. I'm on my 2nd week now(7th day today)I'm confused now. I thought I have GERD/acid reflux. What do I do now? Please help me anyone?God bless Earth Clinic.