I had severe reflux for 2 whole years and didn’t sleep – woke up almost every night feeling like a dragon that could breathe fire. Tries all acid blockers including prescription strength and nothing worked. Switching to a complete lo-carb diet reduced my reflux for 2 years by 80%. Felt like magic – stick to the book including low-carb fruits/veggies/nuts.
I am so upset. I’ve been taking 40 mg of Pantoprazole every morning for the 30+ years and when I found out what it was doing to my body I went to 30 mg a day and I did that for a month and had no heartburn. The next 30 days and went from 30 mg to 20 mg and still had no heartburn so I kept taking the 20 mg for a month and then when that month is over I want to 10 mg a day and after two days my heartburn came back with a vengeance.
8 Home Remedies for Acid Reflux/GERD
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The main symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) are heartburn and acid reflux. To reduce the likelihood of acid reflux, people should include egg whites and organic live probiotic yoghurt in their diet. One of the most effective home remedies for GERD is simply monitoring what you put into your body. Fatty foods, spicy foods, alcohol, coffee, and fizzy drinks have all been known to contribute to acid reflux, so these items should be consumed in moderation to reduce acid reflux symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic. These are other foods to avoid if you have acid reflux symptoms.
2. Chewing gum to alleviate heartburn.
It is also important to avoid consuming liquid during meals. Water is especially problematic, because it literally dilutes the concentration of stomach acid.
What Foods Aggravate Acid Reflux?
But for people with GORD, stomach acid is able to pass back up into the oesophagus. This causes symptoms of GORD, which can include heartburn and acid reflux. Symptoms of acid reflux that may accompany heartburn include difficulty swallowing, chronic cough, stomach pain or burning in the upper abdomen, persistent sore throat, regurgitation of foods or liquids with a taste of acid in the throat, and persistent hoarseness or laryngitis. In addition, being overweight can aggravate symptoms of acid reflux. Losing even 5 or 10 pounds may help relieve some of your GERD symptoms.
Avoid foods that trigger heartburn (see previously). Consider keeping a food journal to alert you to foods that make your heartburn worse. Decrease the amount of food you eat. If heartburn is severe or the pain is accompanied with additional symptoms such as shortness of breath, radiation into your arms or neck, you will need to see a doctor to distinguish these symptoms from more serious medical conditions such as a heart attack.
To review, heartburn and GERD are not caused by too much stomach acid. They are caused by too little stomach acid and bacterial overgrowth in the stomach and intestines. Therefore successful treatment is based on restoring adequate stomach acid production and eliminating bacterial overgrowth.
In other words, in these five subjects a very-low-carbohydrate diet was just as effective as powerful acid suppressing drugs in keeping acid out of the esophagus. As we saw in Part II and Part III, a high-carbohydrate diet promotes bacterial overgrowth. Bacterial overgrowth-in particular H. pylori-can suppress stomach acid. This creates a vicious cycle where bacterial overgrowth and low stomach acid reinforce each other in a continuous decline of digestive function.