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Default 03-03-2009, 07:41 AM

I wouldn't take anything for my acid reflux except Prilosec 20mg over the counter. You take it once a day. I've been diagnosed with GERD for 7 years, and I know how terrible it can be. Don't mess around, but get your doctor's input if you feel it is an ongoing problem.
   
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Default 03-07-2009, 07:41 AM

Just how would adding more acid help with an acid problem. Don't think so. Take an acid reducer like Pepcid, and stay away from anti acids like tums. Spicy foods and overeating also trigger attacks.
   
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Default 03-12-2009, 08:41 AM

I have heard this and I'm not too sure as of yet if this is the case (IE, no studies done on it)
I will clear this up for the person who thought adding more would worsen the problem.
People with Acid Reflux actually are thought to have NOT ENOUGH acid in their stomachs...when the stomach doesn't have enough acid, the sphincter in the top of the stomach relaxes (as it it reacting to the "bassist" of the stomach contents)...thus causing acid to leak back into the esophagus.
Taking a couple teaspoons of apple cider vinegar supposedly adds the acid to the stomach that it needs.. That being said, ACV isn't as acidic as the Hydrochloric Acid in your stomach.
The other thing you might want to consider is if you have a sensitivity to a certain food or foods. Eliminating this specific food(s) may help your situation.
So, it's your call...you could contact a naturistThnd see what they say...or you could try it...or you could go to your doctor for a prescription for Prilosec, Pantoloc, Pariet, etc...
Myself? I found eliminating certain foods from my diet helped. I did this on my own, but I don't recommend doing it by yourself...I have some training in nutrition, so I kind of figured it out myself. It worked wonders.
And yes, you do want to n i p it in the bud as soon as possible...if you have GERD for more than 10 years there is quite an increased chance of esophageal cancer (the damage done to the esophagus by the acid can turn into cancer)
   
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Default 03-17-2009, 08:41 AM

Acid reflux or heartburn occurs when strong stomach acid leaks back up into the esophagus.

When you swallow, a circular band of muscle around the bottom part of the esophagus relaxes to allow food and liquid to enter into your stomach.

Normally this muscle valve, called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), is closed and keeps the digestive acid and food inside the stomach where it belongs.

However if the LES valve opens when it shouldn't, hydrochloric acid from the stomach can reflux back and touch the lining of the esophagus.

This can cause a burning sensation in the chest or throat known as acid reflux or heartburn.

Some dietary and lifestyle changes can be helpful such as:

?The reduction or elimination of foods which can increase the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and/or relax the LES muscle (and thereby aggravate the problem) such as nicotine (from smoking), alcohol, chocolate, high fat meals, foods which contain high amounts of calcium and protein, and certain calming herbs like peppermint.

?Loosing weight if you are overweight or obese since excess body weight puts extra pressure the stomach and surrounding muscles which can force open the LES valve when it shouldn't be. Similarly, eating smaller meals will reduce the pressure on the LES muscle.


A popular natural home remedy to help reduce or eliminate acid reflux is to take an apple cider vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons mixed in an 8 ounce glass of water) before meals or whenever heartburn is experienced.??The underlying theory here is that the acetic acid in vinegar lowers stomach acidity (increases its pH) since acetic acid is a weaker acid than hydrochloric acid. It is also believed that vinegar (acetic acid along with its acetate salt) may help buffer and maintain stomach acid at a pH level of about 3.0. In this milder acidic environment, the stomach can still efficiently digest food but it causes less problems with the esophagus and thus less heartburn.
Try combining some of the dietary and lifestyle changes mentioned above along with a tonic of apple cider vinegar before meals as an all natural way to alleviate occasional heartburn symptoms or as a preventative practice.
   
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