How To Get Rid of Acid Reflux

How to get rid of acid reflux

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Hello and welcome. If you are reading this, I assume you will be looking for a solution to discomfort from chronic heartburn, acid reflux, or if you’re unlucky enough, from GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease in the US, or GORD (Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease in the UK)). If you haven’t done so already, the first thing to do is to book an appointment with your doctor, to make sure it’s not something else – such as a heart problem.

In the meantime, If you are trying to figure out how to get rid of acid reflux, I suggest you have a look at “Symptoms” to start with, or jump straight to “Quick Fixes“. Also, don’t forget to check out “What Works?” – real life experiences of people who have found relief in a wide variety of remedies – both conventional and not so.

Acid reflux is a very personal disease, affecting sufferers in many different ways. Some treatments work well for some people, but not for others, who respond better to different approaches. There are many, many ways, both drug based and natural, of getting relief from it – I’ve documented over 100 in the post “100+ Ways of Slaying the Acid Reflux Dragon” – so don’t despair if one or more fail to help you – move on and try another (but always under the watchful eye of your physician if you have gerd). You can get access to this on the right (or at the bottom of this page if you’re reading on a mobile).

If you feel you’ve tried everything, but are still searching for the holy grail of relief, have a look at our section on “Surgery“.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the latest posts on the right (or again at the bottom of this page if you’re reading on a mobile)  – these cover the latest news about what’s working to ease the discomfort of acid reflux, or better still sign up for our newsletter to get the latest posts to your inbox here:

I hope that you will share your own experiences by leaving a comment on the posts.

DISCLAIMER: This information on this site is for guidance only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other health care professional. ALWAYS check with your doctor if you have any concerns about your condition or treatment. I am not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for ANY form of damages resulting from the use (or misuse) of information contained in or implied by the information on this site.

2 thoughts on “How To Get Rid of Acid Reflux

  1. Tonya

    I shared this on another site and agreed to share here with you as well. I have excessive phlegm every single day. I have to clear my throat for at least 2 hours after every meal. It is really annoying. I was diagnosed with GERD in 2010 and for 6 months used Prilosec as the doctor prescribed. After 6 months I just had to quit using them because my problems got worse and worse. I couldn’t digest food at all. Food would just sit uncomfortably in my stomach for far too long. So I thought I had low acid. I took HCL supplements for a while and it helped a little but I still got persistent heartburn. I have had all kinds of tests done. So I went to a nutritionist and did an elimination diet. I cut out dairy, eggs, and wheat/gluten. ALL of my problems went away completely in just a few short days! I did this elimination for a full 12 weeks. It was hard, but I needed to get better. Boy did I get better!! Well after 12 weeks at the direction of the nutritionist, I slowly added dairy back first. I immediately got phlegm. Then I added back eggs, and I also got phlegm and coughing. Then I added back wheat/gluten. OMG! I thought it was going to be the death of me. Gastro distress, gas, pain, indigestion, heartburn, etc. Just plain awful. I have had tests done for celiac and it came back negative. But I do know for a fact that I am sensitive to dairy and wheat/gluten. I have no problems when I eat rice or cereals like rice chex and no problems with potatoes. Rice contains no wheat/gluten and neither do potatoes. I highly recommend you try a “complete” elimination diet. You have to be patient and follow through in order to truly know. So many foods have hidden wheat/gluten. Things like BBQ sauces and Soy Sauces. You have to be persistent for 12 weeks and read everything. It has changed my life eliminating the things that truly irritate my system. I miss dairy quite a bit, but I substituted milk with almond milk for rice cereals and for some reason frozen yogurt does not irritate me as much, so I only have that once in a while.

    1. Post author

      Thanks for the info, Tonya, this is really helpful. I have tried a primal diet – ie low carb – and significantly reduced dairy, but not given it up. None of that has helped me (though I know it has others). Since I had a bit of a health shock ( I had tests for Pancreatic cancer – now clear) I’ve been largely free of acid reflux, with just the occasional bout of reflux. I’m not sure why – I’ve written about it here. When (as I have had it on and off for many years) it returns I’ll go for the elimination diet.


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