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Acid Reflux Sucks

I was told this was normal. They tell you to stop eating spicy food, tomatoes, garlic and even worse, coffee (I love these foods dearly). Also, drink more water they tell you, you’re probably dehydrated. Apparently all these things can contribute to heartburn. huh. Then you start buying acid-reflux products at the pharmacy to the point where you make sure you have some on you for your weekend away with friends (‘cause you know you’ll be chasing chicken wings with cold beer).

Starting in my mid-teenage years I would experience bouts of acid reflux that intensified up until the age of 36. I was up to 2 extra-strength Zantac every day. That was 3 years ago.

Since then, I have managed to bring the frequency and intensity of my acid reflux down to… zero.

Here’s the kicker, even the acid-reducing PIP medications (called proton-pump-inhibitors) end up altering the gut microbiome and contribute to poor digestive health!

As a shout out to all acid-reflux sufferers, here are some of the steps in my journey of how I beat heartburn for good. May these be of help to you on your journey.

  • Lemon juice shooters* for emergencies: to replace my medication, I started taking a 1/2 lemon squeezed in a few ounces of water any time I felt heartburn start, usually after a meal (I now always order lemon with my water at restaurants). The symptoms improve after only a few minutes and this allowed me to gradually reduce my need for heartburn meds.
  • Natural cider vinegar: this was my replacement when fresh lemon was not available (I never used lemon juice in a bottle). A 1/2 ounce shooter did the trick for me (organic apple cider being my favorite).
  • I learned: to focus on my total vegetable intake and net carbohydrates as the most important measurements of how good or bad my food day is going. I’ll be writing more about this in future articles.
  • I use: fiber supplementation (a mixed organic blend), fermented foods and probiotics & enzymes to help restore my microbiome and get back on track when things go off the rails.
  • * This may feel like ‘fighting fire with fire’. But, in fact heartburn is often the result of a lack of acid (secretion glands may be damaged) which causes the food to stay in the stomach longer than needed. Adding a little hydrochloric acid can help move things along. Obviously discontinue if symptoms get worse!

    I have since restores my gut and can enjoy the spiciest foods with no issues whatsoever. I no longer need to take the lemon juice and vinegar shooters as symptoms have pretty much disappeared.

    I would love to hear your comments on this article. Maybe I can even answer a couple questions to help you on your way.

    Peace to all,


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