What Works?

how to get rid of acid refluxAs I have said before, what works for one person may not work for another. There are lots of success stories scattered around the internet, stories that are inspiring and motivating. As I come across these, I thought it would be helpful to set them out here, just as screenshots, as an information bank, as well as a spur to keep on looking for your own solution. If you have succeeded in taming the heartburn / acid reflux beast, share it here so we can give you a big slap on the back as well as learn from your experience.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar

 

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More on apple cider vinegar here

Aloe Vera

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For the US, a best seller can be found here.

In the UK, for a recommended Aloe Vera go here.

Wedge Pillow

For night time reflux, either raising the head of the bed or a wedge pillow is very popular for relief.

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More details on this can be found here. This is an Amazon Best Seller.

For the UK, the “Adult Reflux Wedge Pillow for Reflux, Heartburn & Indigestion” is a very popular choice:

wedge recommendation (UK)

This can be found here.

Acupuncture

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Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

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Baking Soda in pill form is highly recommended by its users:

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This popular US brand can be found here (US) or for the UK, here.

Slippery Elm

This is from http://livingwithcowsmilkproteinallergy.com/

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Highly recommended (0ver 70 5 star reviews) Slippery Elm powder can be found here (US) or for the UK, another recommended brand, here:

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Cut Down Carbs

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Increase Carbs

The following is taken from Mark’s Daily Apple, a website dedicated to a Paleo lifestyle and diet, which advocates a low carb diet (VLC). This forum contributor believes a high carb diet will cure acid reflux / Gerd. The location of the debate is here.

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This is the explanation: “Gerd is only possible when bacteria that are overgrown in the small intestine ferment carbohydrates into gases like methane and hydrogen which attempt to escape the body through the upper esophagus causing heartburn/gerd. When these bacteria are not overgrown they are in the large colon and may make you fart but will not produce gerd. You may find the following article to be of interest: More evidence to support the theory that GERD is caused by bacterial overgrowth

I do not see any study that you have linked, but all of the studies that I have reviewed show that vlc reduces symptoms of gerd but does not do anything further to actually solve the root cause of the bacterial overgrowth. Symptoms are reduced on vlc because the amount of fermantable substrate in the diet is greatly reduced or completely eliminated on vlc which leaves nothing for the overgrowth to ferment into gases. However, this does not starve the overgrowth and only serves to weaken the bacterial composition of the whole digestive tract as the pathogens that are overgrown cannot be countered by your beneficial bacteria when you starve them as well. Further, the small intestine is usually cleared numerous times throughout the day by cleaning waves that push food and overgrown bacteria into the large colon. When you reduce carbohydrate you slow metabolism and decrease the amount of cleaning waves that occur. I have seen studies that show people with gerd may only have 3-4 waves in a full day while healthy people can have upwards of 12 waves.

I used to have gerd and going vlc can reduce some symptoms but not cure gerd, as I have done, which requires a high carb approach. You have cured gerd when you can eat anything and have no symptoms of gerd. If you go vlc and eliminate symptoms that instantly return when you eat large amount of carbohydrate you have not cured gerd but made the situation worse.”

Cut Out Gluten

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, a characteristic of which is a reaction to gluten. Gluten is found in rye, wheat and barley, and consequently finds its way into everyday foods such as bread, pastas, cereals, and cakes.

One prevalent symptom of celiac disease is gerd / acid reflux. One study (here) has shown that a 3 month gluten free diet significantly improved gerd symptoms in celiac sufferers – perhaps this could help you?

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 Chewing Gum

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From my own experience, chewing gum is extremely effective in controlling acid reflux. A popular sugar free brand which is highly recommended is Trident here (US) or here (UK).

Ginger is considered helpful in countering acid reflux – an all natural ginger gum is found here (US) or here (UK)

Fennel

“Several years ago, a reader wrote about her success getting off the medicine by taking fennel seeds. I had the same problem and tried the fennel seeds.

I also was able to come off PPIs. For the past three years, I’ve been drug-free, with only occasional mild heartburn symptoms. I hope you will continue to recommend this to readers who don’t know how to stop esomeprazole and similar medicines.”

Organic fennel seeds recommended by buyers on Amazon can be found here (US) and here (UK).

Alternatively fennel tea is a good, convenient, substitute. A very popular brand can be found here (US) or here (UK)

 

Melatonin

“Melatonin has pretty much cured me. It strengthens the LES muscle”

Facebook group, GERD/Acid reflux, November 2014

Melatonin is available in capulets; a brand highly regarded by its users can be found here (US). In the UK, you can buy Melatonin from a number of suppliers including this one.

Milk Thistle

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For milk thistle supplement highly recommended by its users, check this out here (US). For the UK, go here.

Papaya Enzyme

“I’ve had the worst heartburn for months now, like the kind that keeps you up all night till you drag yourself to sleep in the recliner. Anyway a friend recently told me about papaya and it’s been working! I’ve just been snacking on dried papya several times a day (along with not drinking water close to bed time) and I’ve been doing great. So just wanted to share in case anyone else was having that kind that there’s not enough tums in the world for. http://forums.thebump.com/discussion/12621440/heartburn-relief

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Take fresh papaya with or after meals, or its available in tablet form here (US) or here (UK). These are highly recommended eg:

 papaya for acid reflux and heartburn

Hot Peppers

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Peppers are more often on the list of foods to avoid, so it may be surprising to see it here. However, there are is anecdotal evidence which suggests that for some people hot peppers actually alleviate heartburn and acid reflux. Here’s one:

“I was on reflux drugs like omeprazole (PPIs) for over ten years and even had surgery for severe reflux. I was determined to get off the PPIs, so I started drinking ginger tea, eating crystallized ginger when acute pain hit, snacking on several almonds every few hours, and taking a teaspoon of honey at night before bed. It definitely helped ease the symptoms but did not eliminate the heartburn.
Feeling discouraged, I ate some jalapeno-topped snacks even though my doctor had warned me to avoid anything hot. My reflux is now kept in check by jalapenos every few days without needing anything else! The reflux pain only returns if I go a week without eating any jalapenos.
I have been PPI-free for over 18 months now and feel so much better. Why would jalapenos make such a difference so quickly? The pain eases within an hour of eating them and lasts for several days.” (from http://www.peoplespharmacy.com)

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Change Your Meds

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 Red Onions

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Cut Out Dairy

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Cabbage Juice

Posted by Sarah (Brussels, Belgium) on 05/20/2007 via http://www.earthclinic.com/

A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with GERD and I suffered from acid reflux and heartburn. The medication prescribed by the doctor rather worsened my situation and I suffered a number of side effects from it. I came across a site suggesting that drinking raw cabbage juice cures acid reflux and other problems related to the stomach, such as ulcer.I did further research to confirm this and decided to give it a try.

The general suggested daily dosage is about a quart [800ml] of raw cabbage juice to be taken about 4 times daily. I found that rather too much and I started with 400ml [100ml x 4].I noticed great improvement and after one week I reduced the dosage to 300ml [100ml x 3]. After about 3 weeks of the whole therapy, I decided to take only 200ml a day. Those with stomach ulcers or acute cases of acid reflux might need to take the full dosage.

I have stopped drinking cabbage juice since about 10 months now and I haven’t had any serious reflux problems. For those who would like to try it, PLEASE NOTE that it is said to have strong impact on the thyroid glands [the more reason why I never consumed 800ml a day!]. Not to mention the stench – it is better stored in an air-tight water bottle and kept in the fridge.

Deglycyrrhizinated liquorice (DGL)

Many people seem to find DGL to help with acid reflux:

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The above Amazon reviews are some of the 200 + 5 star reviews for Enzymatic Therapy DGL Chewables found here (US) or here (UK)

 

Breathing Exercises

A small study of 19 adults with mild gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, found that “belly breathing” exercises for 30 minutes per day seemed to help reduce people’s acid reflux, and eventually lessen their need for acid-suppressing medication. So it’s possible that deep abdominal breathing might help with GERD by strengthening the surrounding muscles of the diaphragm.

Pepto Bismol

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Pepto can be obtained here (US)

Herbal Teas

From RefluxMD:

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