If you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) you likely know plenty about it already.
Here’s the recap:
Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is a common condition which affects as many as 20% of Americans. Acid Reflux sufferers experience unpleasant symptoms when the stomach’s acid and digestive juices (normally present in the stomach) regurgitate into the esophagus. In response to repeated exposure to the refluxed stomach’s liquids, esophageal lining may develop inflammation known as esophagitis; esophageal ulcers, esophageal strictures (scarring that develops after ulcers heal) as well as Barrett’s Esophagus (a lesion in the esophageal lining which may develop into a cancerous growth if untreated) or esophageal cancer. Among other complications caused by GERD are chronic cough, asthma and sinusitis.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease can cause a multitude of symptoms and lead to severe health problems if left untreated.
When Acid Reflux sufferers first experience symptoms, they turn to antacids hoping for relief. Eventually, the antacids become a way of life. With time, the antacids that were once effective, bring less and less relief. When it becomes obvious that the heartburn is not going away, the next step is usually a referral and a visit to a gastroenterologist. Next come endoscopic tests and so on, and so on. There’re prescriptions. And still, there seems to be no end and the bothersome symptoms keep reoccurring.
I believe in conventional medicine. The value of medicine cannot be underestimated. The diagnostic equipment alone is far superior to anything available just one generation ago. There are situations when medical treatment is advisable; it can also be essential and life-saving.
With that said, I believe also that the goal of medicine is to heal disease – and if possible – eradicate the cause of a disease, not to control its symptoms, only. When it comes to GERD – among other diseases – it seems that the main focus of medical treatment is a temporary relief of symptoms.
Doctors commonly advise acid reflux sufferers to:
1/ eat smaller and more frequent meals.
2/ avoid foods known to accelerate acid production:
- Citric fruits (oranges, lemons and limes)
- Fried foods
- Fatty foods
- Spicy foods
And then, GERD / Acid Reflux sufferers are advised not to lie down for at least 2-3 hours after eating and to sleep with their upper body elevated by about 6 inches.
That’s all fine and good. If it works for YOU. Does it?
There are several reasons why you didn’t find relief.
Unlike what your doctor told you, there is every indication that your stomach produces not too much but TOO LITTLE acid.
The unbearable symptoms of Acid Reflux can occur due to a shortage of acid. When your stomach rushes to utilize the limited amount of acid available, it kicks into an overdrive: the stomach cramps and creates a backflow of acid into the esophagus.
Supporting the stomach with additional acid will calm the symptoms of Acid Reflux within minutes.
Try this: take 2 tablespoons of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (To ensure that the ACV is effective and chemical contaminants-free, it has to be organic; preferably “with mother” and it must come in a glass bottle. The very best Organic Apple Cider Vinegar costs about $3.50 which is nothing comparing with the prices of antacids, not to mention prescriptions.) and chase it down with 8 oz of water. You should experience relief within minutes.
Once you’ve experienced relief and want to remain symptom-free, take 1-2 tablespoons of ACV in 8 oz of water before meals and as a reliable remedy in an Acid Reflux “emergency”. When you feel better and experience symptoms less often, you’ll be able to find the perfect “dosage” and frequency for you. (Some ex-sufferers have just one ACV drink a day to stay symptoms-free.)
Problem solved? Maybe, maybe not.
You may still have an underlying bacterial infection or a stomach ulcer. Prolonged treatment for Acid Reflux (or GERD) may have depleted your intestinal microflora, the friendly gut bacteria.
A bacterial infection or a stomach ulcer calls for antibiotic therapy. The antibiotics that kill harmful bacteria (pathogens) are unfortunately even more effective at destroying the friendly gut bacteria. What to do? How To Cure Acid Reflux Naturally?
- AVOID SUGAR and soft drinks. Sugar is everybody’s enemy but if you suffer from GERD / Acid Reflux, sugar in ANY form is your WORST enemy. Sugar exacerbates your condition, supports inflammation and cancer. (Chase sugar cravings away with sweet fruit or an occasional teaspoon of raw honey.)
- EAT GARLIC to control possible infection or inflammation! Garlic known for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties (which is quite unprecedented and remains a feat today’s pharmacology is still unable to match) seems to be also selective. It protects us from harmful pathogens and supports the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.
- Load up on Probiotics! Probiotic foods – foods containing LIVE cultures! – help restore internal microflora and support immune system. There are two main sources of natural probiotics: fermented milk and fermented vegetables.
Commercially available fermented milk products (like yogurt and kefir) are pasteurized and don’t contain the LIVE cultures you need. The best way is to make fermented milk (kefir) yourself with fresh, milk kefir grains. That’s the healthiest and most cost-effective method. (Otherwise, buy PLAIN yogurt with LIVE cultures in your local health food store and eat at least 8 oz – 16 oz a day.) When it comes to fermented vegetables: read labels. Some fermented vegetables available in stores – especially imported – are not pasteurized. I recommend sauerkraut or kombucha.
- Papaya renowned for its many healing properties contains digestive enzymes, flavonoids and antioxidants. In addition to replenishing the flora in your gut, it helps regulate bowel movement and protects the digestive system from parasitic infections.
Now you know How To Cure Acid Reflux Naturally, BUT neither GERD / Acid Reflux nor Gastritis stands alone. Their symptoms are the result of your faulty eating habits. The ACV, garlic, probiotics and papaya treatment will cure Acid Reflux naturally. The long term solution however HAS TO include a commitment to eating healthier. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.
Your gut is VERY important for a number of reasons. The obvious one is that we need to eat to live; the less obvious: your digestive system supports 80% of your immune system which protects you from – and prevents – disease.
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