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?

Top 3 Culprits of Acid Reflux

Do these things now to get relief

You’d think this would be a pretty easy answer. If you’ve searched the web, like I did, you’ve probably seen a lot of articles with many telling you the same, with a variation here and there. So, after years of dealing with reflux, my quest has taken me down a path of learning more about our bodies and how they work. Some of what I’ve learned is counterintuitive. So, here’s what I’ve learned from my own experience:

  1. Our American diet is horrible. Ok, I said it. You may say, oh, but I eat organic, or I eat my fruits and veggies, blah blah. Take a look at this chart and then reassess your diet.
  2. Eating late. If you go to bed within three hours after you’ve eaten you can expect a problem.
  3. This goes back to number 1. Being overweight causes increased pressure on the abdomen. Back to number 1. Change your diet and you’ll lose weight.

 

What causes Acid Reflux

65 million Americans want to know

With more than 65 million Americans suffering from acid reflux, you’d think we’d know the cause and how to stop it.

The good news: We do know how to stop it

The bad news: You usually have to change what you are eating

Now, the good news about the bad news is that the foods you can eat are amazing. And, with a little help, you can discover a world of incredible, healthy, unprocessed foods that delight the palette.

When I first discovered the culprit behind my constant throat clearing, the sour taste in my mouth I awoke to every morning, my ear nose and throat doctor told me to stay away from:

  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol

The first two items were devasting – okay – so I’m using a little hyperbole. And, on the third no-no, I naively asked, “by alcohol, you mean hard liquor, not wine, right?” You can guess his answer.

He gave me little pamphlet on preventing reflux, after looking at my espophagus, and reporting it was the most irritated one he’d seen ….ever – and he even ordered a barium exam to make sure nothing was growing in there.

Some things in the pamphlet didn’t ring true for me – like tomatoes. Those didn’t seem to bother me. And lemons? I knew that lemons were not acidic, but rather alkaline. Other citrus fruits, some, yes.

Some Common Causes:

Eating habits

Let me begin by saying that if you eat the “typical” American diet, AND you are overweight or eat too much in one seating, don’t be surprised that your body is revolting! Why do you think that more than 33% of Americans according to one study, suffer from acid reflux symptoms? View this chart to get an idea of what foods cause the problem. You can read more about changing your diet to be more alkaline than acidic here.

Pregnancy: For most women Acid reflux goes away after pregnancy. The hormones associated with pregnancy AND the pressure on the stomach contribute to the problem.

Alcohol

First of all, you’ll see on this chart that alcohol is acidic. Alcohol may relax the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), allowing stomach contents to reflux back up into the esophagus.

Not enough “acid” in the stomach

Not enough digestive enzymes in the stomach: Contrary to popular belief, acid reflux could be caused by not enough digestive enzymes in the stomach to slow down the digestive process, causing grastic acids to accumulate and back up into the esophagus.

Smoking

For you smokers, I’m not going to spend much time on this. Because if you don’t want to quit smoking, then you probably won’t want to do the rest of what is required to get your body healthy. Here’s an article at WebMD for you: http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/features/heartburn-tobacco-connection

And then there are the triggers – food, Ibuprofen, Naproxen….

What’s a girl, or guy to do?

Trust me, it’s the road to recovery can be rather quick. I’ve done my research and want to share with you what worked for me.

So, what’s your reflux trigger?