In my last post about acid reflux I discussed why most types of acid reflux are caused by a lack of stomach acid (hypochlorhdyria), what causes hypochlorhdyria, and what other health problems can be caused by hypochlorhdyria. In this post you will learn simple tips how to improve this condition and cure your acid reflux. And as always, self-diagnosis can be misleading. It is better to consult with a knowledgeable health practitioner first to make sure that you are on the right path.
Safe and Effective Ways to Eliminate Acid Reflux
Before listing several effective tools to improve your acid reflux I want to point out that people who are already taking proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec or Prevacid should never stop taking this type of drugs cold turkey. You can experience severe rebound symptoms if you do not decrease your dose gradually. Ideally you want to gradually reduce the dose of your proton pump inhibitor to the lowest possible dose and then switch to an over-the-counter H2 blocker like Tagamet, Cimetidine, Zantac, or Raniditine. Once you have achieved this gradually wean off the H2 blocker over the next several weeks.
- Avoid drinking with your meals as this only dilutes the stomach acid and makes it weaker. If you absolutely need to drink something with your meals drink a small cup of green tea. Green tea stimulates secretion of stomach acid
- Betaine hydrochloride supplements. Taken before a meal this will help your body to digest food. It will also create a less favorable environment for Heliobacter Pylori. Take this only under the supervision of a health care practitioner
- Chew thoroughly. Proper chewing means chewing each bite 50 times. This, in combination with modifying your diet towards eating less processed foods and sugar, will improve your digestion dramatically
- Cut out caffeine, alcohol, and all nicotine products
- Use high quality, unprocessed salt, such as Himalayan salt. It provides you with chloride your body needs to make hydrochloric acid. It also contains over 80 trace minerals your body needs to perform optimally
- Optimize your vitamin D and B levels. It is easy to have your vitamin D levels checked by your doctor. The majority of Americans are deficient in vitamin D
- Take a good Multivitamin. Hypochlorhydria may lead to deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals
- Probiotics are recommended in case you are suffering from acid reflux
- Identify food intolerances/allergies
- Ginger Tea can be very helpful to improve digestion but is not recommended in people who are, according to the traditional Chinese medical system, suffering from heat in their stomach. Those who have a hot stomach would benefit more from peppermint tea. You can do a simple self-test by trying out if your stomach responds more favorable to ginger or peppermint tea.
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