My first steps to Stopping the Acid Reflux

How to cure Acid Reflux


You’d think the first thing I’d do after Walking out of that doctor’s office, armed with simply a pamphlet and a prescription for “Aciphex,” would be to fill the prescription. Instead, I went home and got on the web.  And, my journey led to the creation of this site.

What did I learn and put into action that first week:

  1. Changed my diet. Indeed, I cut out the three culprits of coffee, chocolate, alcohol (which for me was an occasional glass of wine).
  2. I began watching what I ate to see what triggered the problem.
  3. I filled the prescription for aciphex. Although I realized that reflux was caused by an underlying symptom, I also recognized that something needed to be done immediately because my throat was so incredibly red (the doctor told me I had the worse-looking espophagus he’d EVER seen.)
  4. I bought some aloe juice.
  5. I found this I studied it to learn how to make more diet more alkaline than acid.

Let me stop right here and tell you – THIS IS NOT WHAT I AM DOING TODAY . Although my diet is different today, I’ve found that if I maintain a more alkaline diet than acidic, I can still enjoy my 1 cup of coffee in the morning, my little sliver of dark chocolate, and even my wine, with little problem.

So, what have you done this week to change your diet?

Heartburn Hotel

Checkout today!

Today’s article is one I recently read in MORE magazine, titled “How I Checked Out of Heartburn Hotel.” Hope you enjoy it! When you’re finished, browse through the site to see if you find your symptoms–as well as some remedies. She’s an advocate of what I’ve learned:

“I’m still a card-carrying member of the reflux club: I sleep on a slant, take probiotics religiously, drink aloe juice and never eat anything right before bed.”

Ultimate Aloe Juice

Acid Reflux Cure?

So, the the only thing that will ultimately cure your acid reflux is changing your lifestyle – primarily your diet. BUT, in the meantime, you can soothe the symptoms. Aloe Juice was my soother. I tried several, but kept coming back to this one.

What Makes Ultimate Aloe® Juice Unique?

The process of digestion is very complex. Digestion is the metabolic process that converts foodstuffs within the body for use. The process begins in the mouth, where it is chewed and mixed with saliva to prepare it for swallowing. After swallowing, the food is pushed through the esophagus, which transports it to the stomach, where it is further diluted and mixed with enzymes, breaking down the food to be absorbed in the intestines. Most of the absorption process begins to take place in the small intestine. Macronutrients, minerals, vitamins, trace elements and water are absorbed here before reaching the colon. The nutrients pass through the small intestine’s wall, which contains small, finger-like structures called villi. 

Digestion is a complex process, which is controlled by several factors. The gastrointestinal tract is also a prominent part of the immune system. The low pH (ranging from 1 to 4) of the stomach is fatal for many microorganisms that enter it. Similarly, mucus neutralizes many of these microorganisms. Other factors in the GI tract help with immune function as well, including enzymes in the saliva and bile. 

Because the typical diet consist of many foods unintended for digestion, maintaining a healthy digestive tract is important to the overall health of the body. Ultimate Aloe®contains over 200 nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, including 13 of the 17 essential minerals needed for good nutrition. Studies have shown that aloe consumed orally promotes normal digestion and supports a healthy immune system.*   

Ultimate Aloe® Juice has the IASC (International Aloe Science Council) seal that certifies the aloe content and purity. The aloe vera in Ultimate Aloe is harvested and processed according to sanitary manufacturing practices that use specific time and temperature guidelines. This preserves the natural properties of the aloe vera plant so you receive the maximum benefits of the product. Ultimate Aloe is virtually free of undesirable components such as aloin and other anthraquinones (aloin: 1 ppm or less) confirmed by an independent university laboratory.

So, give this one a try, or you can you try one of the old standbys.But warning…the old standbys TASTE like aloe juice which made it hard for me to get it down!

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid Reflux Common Symptoms

Acid reflux is a condition in which gastric acid is regurgitated- stomach acids rise up into the esophagus because the valve that separates the stomach contents from the esophagus is faulty.The word “reflux” comes from the Medieval Latin word refluxus which comes from the Latin word refluere, meaning “to flow back, to recede”.  Acid reflux and heartburn are often used interchangeably. Acid reflux is the movement, the action of stomach acids going up the wrong way, while heartburn refers to the burning sensation.

 A 2011 Norwegian study found that in most industrial nations, the incidence of acid reflux has risen by more than 50% since the beginning of the millenniumStatistics on the frequency of heartburn and GERD differ greatly. In accordance with some approximations, 7% of Americans have heartburn everday and 14% suffer it at least once every week. Alternative estimates suggest that GERD affects about 20% of the adult American population, mostly those in their forties or older. But, GERD can affect people of all ages, including infants and children.

Most Americans thinks it’s just another disease which can be cured by taking a pill. They treat the symptom rather than treating the source.

When I first asked my doctor what was wrong with my throat, he asked me if I woke up with a sour taste in my mouth. Check. Did I clear my throat often. Double Check.  However, for me, when things got really bad, I could barely talk. Scary, huh? As I later discovered, the acid rising from my stomach was landing on my vocal chords.  This condition is known as Silent Reflux.  When I read more about it, I got really serious about getting things under control.

What are the common symptoms to help you decide if this is your problem?

The Top Foods to Avoid if you have acid reflux – chocolate?

Alcohol. Tobacco. Chocolate. Citrus. Tomatoes.

Well, that’s what my doctor told me anyway. You see, I was in my ENT (ear, nose and throat doctor) (link to first blog post), for my daughter and thought I’d ask why I had this burning sensation in my throat. That’s when he delivered the big 5. I only heard the first three.

After getting over the thought of giving up two of my daily habits (coffee in the morning and chocolate at night), I decided to do what he said, mainly because he scared the life of out me by telling my esophagus ranked right up there in terms of the worst he’d ever seen. Great. Oh yes, he also ordered a barium swallow to make sure I didn’t have something growing in that red cavernous espophagus.

I immediately began fasting from those items for a period of time AND I took the Aciphex, but only for a limited amount of time.  And, I found a really good aloe juice. Even when I reported to the ENT doc how it helped me, he said that shouldn’t be surprising, knowing  the healing properties of Aloe. I also did a whole lot of research, which hopefully will help YOU.

But trust me, it’s not quite that simple. Nor must you think you’ll lead a life lacking yummy food So, where you should start on your journey to healing? What should you avoid and what should you begin doing?

  1. Begin eliminating the top culprits that we’re told to eliminate. Coffee, alcohol, chocolate.
  2. Get some aloe juice. I’ve bought several types from health food stores, but I have to tell you the ONLY one that worked and tasted yummy is this one. Take a capful every day while you’re healing. Keep it in stock for the flare ups.
  3. Begin changing your diet. Download this chart I’ve put together to begin understanding what foods are acidic and what foods are alkaline.
  4. Begin eating more alkaline foods. Refer to the chart to learn what foods you should be eating more of.
  5. Prop up the head of your bed. OK, so my 6”5 husband has complained about this for a while, because he claims it causes him to slide to the end of the bed every night. Anyway, prop up your bed a good 8-10 inches. We built our own, but I’ve done the research for you and found these. Or, buy a wedge pillow.


So, what else can you suggest for your fellow reflux sufferers?

Not enough acid?

Are digestive enzymes the answer?

Hypochlorhydria (not enough acid in the stomach) can occur naturally as we age, or because of unknown genetic reasons peculiar to the individual – so digestive enzymes can help.Hypochlorhydria  can also be induced by substances such as H2 Blockers, Prescription Protein Pump Inhibitors such as Omeprazole, or an over-use of OTC Antacids and Acid Reducers- just the thing that doctors prescribe when people complain of acid reflux! So what’s going on?

Here’s how hypochlorhydria hurts you:

  1. Proper levels of stomach acid are needed to adequately absorb many nutrients including minerals (iron, copper, zinc and calcium), vitamin B12, folic acid and proteins.If you don’t have enough acid, digestive enzymes can help.
  2. Stomach acid is also a crucial part of the immune system. The acid barrier of the stomach during normal states of health easily and quickly kills bacteria and other bugs that enter the body. It also prevents bacteria in the intestines from migrating up and colonizing the stomach.

As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to undergo the Heidelberg Gastrogram to determine if my stomach was not producing enough acid. Indeed, it wasn’t! I wasn’t digesting my food and my stomach was emptying too quickly, which means I wasn’t absorbing minerals and nutrients AND my food wasn’t being digested, leading to the reflux symptoms. After 5 months of taking Betaine/Pepsin w/ meals which helps with digestion, I think I’m on the right track. 

Here’s a recap of my first steps of my journey, before determining to do this test. 

Restarting the aloe juice…

Had coffee w/ a friend last night–and in an attempt to save calories decided to go w/ the sugar substitue. Bad call.  Coffee + dairy + sugar substitute=reflux.

Last week I was given a pint of blueberries. And, I ate all of them. In one sitting. Bad call. I couldn’t talk for 3 days.

Going home to take a capful of aloe juice. Will be following up w/ that for the next few days.