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I wonder how many of us suffer from acid reflux? There were times n the beginning - when I didn't know I was getting it - that I'd get a sour taste in my mouth because I'd eat certain foods and then start moving around a lot. Now I'm much better about being stationary after eating, and not lying down after eating. I give time for the food to get out of my stomach and into my intestines. Otherwise it likes to go back up the esophagus smile Darn internal plumbing!!


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I usto have to sleep with the head of my bed up on books i had acid reflux so bad. it was due to a medication i was on. when i was taken off it the reflux went away. it burned my throat so bad. i was so glad we discovered what was causing it


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Wow, that is scary!! I am really glad they figured that out for you. For me it's acidic food usually. I'm lucky that alcohol doesn't cause me much trouble, since I write about wine smile


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My acid reflux is pretty bad.
There are times where I feel like I am being strangled and have problems swallowing - not too bad though, just uncomfortable.
I react badly to proton-pump inhibitors, so I just watch my diet.
My parents also have horrible reflux, and so does my husband.

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What diet works best for you and your reflux? I am just getting off of PPI's and never had acid reflux before taking them, and it seems like everything bothers me now. Any suggestions?

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I have to limit my tomato sauce intake!
Limit caffeine and fatty, fried foods.

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Wow, I can't even eat saltines without a flare-up. It's brutal! If I had known then what I know now about PPI's I never would have started taking them. Be glad they didn't work for you! smile

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They made me feel hot and uncomfortable. I just take Tums when I am not feeling well.
Saltines w/fat upset me - I get the fat free crackers.

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I had no idea they even had enough fat in them to bother anyone. When I was a kid my mom would give them to me when I was sick and they settled my stomach. So what can you eat that doesn't cause a flare-up?

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I just stay with bland foods when I have bad refluz - pasta with oil & salt; pretzels, chicken soup, potato, ginger ale, tea, toast.

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Have you ever tried detox to help with acid reflux? My mom had it and she used a tea that detoxed her and it really helped. I think she still uses it.

Ginger is another good thing for acid reflux. I remember she drank ginger tea all the time.

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Yes, ginger is excellent! I don't know of a detox tea that you are speaking of.

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Unfortunately I am sensitive to ginger and peppermint. It's frustrating because so many people swear by them! Is anyone else unable to use them?

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I heard that peppermint settles an upset stomach BUT increases heartburn.

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Some foods n drugs that may make your acid reflux worse
Alcohol
Aminophllin
Birth control pills
Cheese
Coffee (caffeinated and decaf)
Chocolate
Colas
Diazepam
Dips (high fat)
Fried foods
Grapefruit
Nicotine
Nitroglycerine
Onions
Oranges
Peppermint
Potato chips
Progesterone
Spearmint
Theophylline
Tomatoes
A lot of time by alimenting these foods in your diet will help, and check with your Doctor whether your medication can be the cause of your acid reflux


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Yes, and the reason coffee and chocolate can contribute to acid reflux is the chemical theobromine. That is why even decaf is a no-no. Contributing factors are also tight pants, bending over or lying down too soon after eating (allow 3 hours), lying flat and a bra that is too tight. So many rules for those of us who suffer with acid reflux!

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[quote=Green1]Have you ever tried detox to help with acid reflux? My mom had it and she used a tea that detoxed her and it really helped. I think she still uses it. [quote]

I have heard of a detox tea. For me, all herbal teas, even chamomile upset my stomach. frown I'm glad it worked for your mom, though!

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I'm really sorry you can't use ginger. Have you tried diluting them?

I use a detox tea called Holy Tea

You can buy a sample of it, which is 2 teabags, and it makes an 8 day supply. I know of people who have had great luck with all types of digestion problems when using this tea. I just use it daily to keep the toxins cleaned out of me because I feel it keeps me healthy and also, hopefully, will help me avoid problems like cancer down the road.

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Thank you Joan!
I am actually entering a new phase in curing my GERD. When I feel a little more secure with my healing, perhaps I will venture to try some diluted ginger tea. The Holy Tea also sounds like something to try. I am a big believer in herbs for healing! I am using acupuncture and herbs for my GERD and am seeing some awesome results.

For detox I have tried the Japanese foot pads and really liked the results. They do have a strong smokey smell to them though, which can be tough to take night after night! sick

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A foot poultice is something else you might try with the ginger since you've tried the detox foot pads.

I use garlic to boost my immune system when I have a cold. Fresh garlic can be hard on the stomach so I read you can just tape it to the bottom of your foot and your body absorbs it, without it going through the stomach. In just a few minutes after putting it on my foot, I tasted garlic in my mouth!

This might work with ginger too. Couldn't hurt to try it.

The Holy Tea is amazing. It's very gentle but keeps you cleaned out. With all the toxins we're exposed to, I just feel it's a good idea.

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So, you could taste the garlic while it was taped to your foot? Who would have thought it? Can't wait to try it - the ginger can't hurt either.

Thank you Joan!

Shay

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If anyone is interested in trying Holy Tea you can get a sample, which is a week's supply by clicking here

You can also get more info on it by clicking on products.

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My fiance has both accid reflux and IBS. I'm researching through a lot of different resources and found something interesting.

A study linking breastfeeding or lack of to the immune system and deficiencies. The enzymes in the mother's milk binds chemically with the newborn's, developing a blueprint for the immune system. Everything, from allergies and IBS to more complicated issues, is affected if the child isn't breastfed within the first few hours. Nature's defense smile

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Shay, if you try the ginger on your feet, let me know how it worked.

Yes, I could taste the garlic in my mouth, just a short time after putting it on my foot.

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Is anyone on Nexium? If so can you tell me if it can cause a change in the color of your stool?

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I take protonix and it has worked very well for me.


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I agree with you Betty. I am a clinical nutrition student and a nurse of 27 years and I have helped others to cur reflux problems. Its not so hard to do. First I am going to present a new idea regarding this condition. If you have reflux you likely have a microbe problem in your stomach. Not your intestine necessarily but in your stomach. It is because of these unhealthy microbes that the parietal cells are not functioning well and not producing all the HCL that you need When you do not have enought hydrochloric acid things do not digest well and the start to putrify. They putrify because the enzymes that are nessesary to prevent this are not in the stomach but further down. IN the stomach Acid is requried to prevent putrification. Putrification causes bloating, gas and pressure of sphincter that is at the end of the esophagus, when the upward pressure is too much what little acid you do have goes up and causes pain. A little acid can cause a lot of pain. You have to get rid of the microbes first. There are several ways to do this. One is iodine theapy and the other is MMS therapy. If you do not have an ulcer stop the nexium or whatever you are using as soon as you can after you start an iodine or mms detox. Increasing the acid in your stomach will help to keep pathogens that do not belong there away. Acutally taking nexium will eventually increase your risk for ulcers as pathogens will thrive in the less acidic environment. But if you do have an ulcer keep up with the antacid until it is healed first. Some people who I have helped to heal ulcers managed to get off the nexium in about a week. Ozone water may also be very helpful to get rid of those bad pathogens that are giving you greif. I will leave it all to you to search on iodine therapy, MMS and Ozone therapy. Those are huge topics! The only other thing to look for in regard to reflux is if you have a hiatial hernia. These type of hernias which about 10 to 15% of the population have can cause reflux. Many people are born with them and they do not cause problems until you get older. The only absolute cure for this condition is surgery.

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