View Full Version : acid reflux HELP
03-09-2007, 09:52 AM
I am trying to neutralize my acid reflux naturally. When I went 100% raw last weekend I actually aggrevated my acid reflux (never really was bothered by it before), causing me to get a hiatal hernia. I am feeling better today but am totally freaked about this and want to do everything possible to help myself and better my digestive system.
What is the best way to help neutralize the acids in my stomach while staying at least high raw....are there certain foods I should not eat and combine (other than the obvious citrus, et al).
I appreciate any and all advice - I am determined to do this natuarally and not end up getting surgery to deal with this.
03-09-2007, 11:12 AM
Did you eat any chocolate? That's the worst thing for me. It relaxes the sphincter and allows the acid to travel upwards. Some people have trouble with onions, garlic, peppers, cinnamon and other spices. Tomatoes can be bad for some. Really it's an individual thing.
03-09-2007, 11:20 AM
Are you absolutely sure you're over-producing stomach acid? Sometimes, acid reflux is caused by not producing enough acid. I would recommend reading the book "Digestive Wellness" by Elizabeth Lipski. It covers pretty much ever digestive malady, and it gives great advice for how to recognize and naturally overcome these issues. Good luck!
Edit:: I would have put a quote in, but I just took it back to the library yesterday.
03-09-2007, 12:39 PM
before raw i had pretty bad acid reflux, but the past few days ive been drinking orange juice by the quart. hmm.
03-09-2007, 11:23 PM
Drink green smoothies. Very good information on things such as acid reflux and how greens can help improve your condition. Highly recommend checking out Victoria Boutenko's book "Greens for Life." :D
I suffered with acid reflux for over a year even though I was using a prescribed medicine. I was very careful to avoid all the obvious foods that are known to aggravate this problem. I heard some very good things about a product called Vitalzym and tried it and had relief in three weeks. If you E-mail the company they will send you a free CD. The down side is it is very expensive at over $100 per bottle. It actually adds a tremendous amount of enzymes to your system which is what the raw diet also does. It seems to compliment the raw diet. The E-mail adress is www.worldnutrition.info. Most large health food chains carry the product. It is not specifically recommended just for acid reflux but it works.
03-11-2007, 03:24 AM
I have had absolutely horrible acid reflux for years and years and years. I am not 100% but I am totally off the medication and can eat things that I simply could never have before raw - like radishes and cucumbers.
You just need to give it more time. It takes weeks and possibly months. Sometimes I can slip horribly with no repercussions and other times a teeny tiny little slip can cause me to pay and pay and pay.
This will happen for you. Just stay raw.
I think if you follow your raw cravings rather than your intellect you will probably get your quickest and least expensive answer.
Some foods that you think are acidic actually have an alkalizing effect on your body and are very healthy for you. 2 items that I know of that do it are fresh lemons and Braggs apple cider vinegar. So if you crave them - by all means have them.
07-19-2007, 08:44 PM
thanks all...passing this and the hiatal hernia link information on to 35 year old daughter. she had adjustment for it from chiro yesterday and he said maybe one more treatment is aches...she's visiting from TX so she is going to go back regardless for a small $60 investment as patient for years.
07-19-2007, 09:06 PM
Have you tried ginger root?
07-19-2007, 09:20 PM
I just bought a wedge pillow for GERD from Overstock.com. I didn't want to raise the head of the bed because that seemed too drastic, and uncomfortable. I also sleep with my feet elevated because of bad veins in my legs so elevating the head seemed to defeat that purpose. There are other places that sell such pillows but this was by far the cheapest price I've found.
07-20-2007, 07:44 AM
I had bad Gastritis of the stomach before I went raw & was on meds. It totally went away eating raw. Give it some time. I eat everything now that I avoided before (onions, tomatoes, cocoa, garlic, wine) These raw foods react totally different in your body when cooked. I'm proof of that! Keep eating raw & good luck!
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