July 8, 2013 at 11:40 am #7681sarajoturtleParticipant
Anybody know anything I can do about heartburn without taking meds?July 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm #7714RobModerator
What’s your situation?
Heartburn, along with indigestion, bloating, etc. is one of the many indicators of a suppressed metabolism. Helping to get the metabolism up is a great initial step.July 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm #7720catieParticipant
When I came off a strictly gluten-free diet with very little sugar, stomach upset/heartburn and IBS was a daily occurrence. I took HCI (http://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-Betaine-HCl-Capsules/dp/B000M4CD2C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373303117&sr=8-1&keywords=HCI) and digestive enzymes (http://www.amazon.com/Source-Naturals-Essential-Enzymes-Capsules/dp/B000GFSVPU/ref=sr_1_1’s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1373303206&sr=1-1&keywords=digestive+enzymes) for the first few weeks to help get my body used to gluten and sugar again and that helped immensely. It seems counterintuitive to take stomach acid to reduce heartburn, but for me it works every time. Alternatively, you can knock back a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and see if that works. I did that before I got the HCI and it worked like a charm.
Definitely keep trying to build your metabolism, however, because since I’ve done that, the heartburn is all but gone.July 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm #7731sarajoturtleParticipant
Ok thx, yes I do have digestion issues as well. They are actually much more severe than the heartburn. I guess I should have asked about that first. My mother died with celiac disease (thats what they told us anyway). So Im slightly concerned that I may be going down the same path as her. Im 31 and I know my metabolism is bad, Im trying to work on it, Ive ready diet recovery 2, and eat for heat. My digestion is still bad though, if I try to eat out at all I usually always get sick afterwords, usually with in an hour. So I feel like I cant really leave the house a lot. Which is exactly how my mom was.
My husband has much more severe heart burn, so I was sorta asking for him more than me, he doesnt have digestion problems tho, he is very regular, but does have allergies as well.
My whole families jacked up…July 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm #7903
The Fast Tract for Heartburn (Robillard) helped me. It is a lower carb diet. I just stayed with it for a couple of months. I got off the acid-reducing meds, which treat symptoms but make your digestion worse.July 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm #7926
I have been on the acid reflux roller coaster for a LONG time. I am currently dealing with a relapse in symptoms. I have found two supplements that work for me.. DGL and Coconut Oil Capsules. I am having to take a H2 blocker right now to function, but hopefully this isn’t permanent.July 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm #7965ThomasSeayModerator
Ok I already posted on this in the Alternative Health forum. I had bad acid reflux a few years ago and suffered with it for months. Finally found out about HCL Acid and it worked almost immediately. Combined with Mastic gum, it’s a miracle. Even without the mastic gum, it’s a miracle. Read Dr. Jonathon Wright’s book Why Stomach Acid is good for youJuly 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm #7966ThomasSeayModerator
@BauerPower, the HCL is the one and only supplement that I can recommend without equivocation. Unless you have an ulcer, try it. Best if you can get hold of the book. The centerpiece of Wright’s program is HCL, but there are some other things as well and he explains the reason why paradoxically HCL works for acid problems.July 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm #8010
If you have gastritis with heartburn/GERD like I did, you don’t want to add HCL. Mine was brought on by a stressful time at work, which has now passed. I don’t have to take anything now, except for an occasional TUMS, not every day. I spent a year on a low-fat diet, which is frequently recommended, I got a little better. The Fast Tract diet is what got me off the meds. The diet is based on the author’s theory that SIBO often underlies heartburn, the gas is what brings the stomach acid up into the throat causing the burning.July 10, 2013 at 9:26 am #8103
I am nervous about putting an acid on an overly acidic body!July 10, 2013 at 9:27 am #8104
I know some suffer from low acid which brings about the same symptoms as acid reflux… but I don’t feel like it is my problem. How long until you saw results, truly immediately?July 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm #8166
On the Fast Tract for heartburn diet, most people see improvement within a week. I don’t mean to say that it will help everyone because I believe that there are numerous conditions that underlying the symptom of heartburn. But it did help me, and the book includes the results of a clinical study that the author completed.July 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm #8168
Hmmm… just looked up SIBO and the associated blood work results that are indicative of having it. My blood was done a year ago at the very start of my ED recovery. I wonder if it is valid considering I am weight restored?July 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm #8177JdubsParticipant
Hcl works for some better than others for this condition. I have a hiatal hernia which is a mechanical weakness in the area leading to the esophagus. Unfortunately I have to bring my stomach acid back slowly. Hcl worked great at first but when my hernia was stressed( like from bending over putting in hardwood floors for a week) the extra acid really did a number on my throat. Haveing Barrett’s esophagus, which can lead to throat cancer, I did not want to mess around with it.July 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm #8178
Jdubs, I suspect I may have a hiatal hernia. Could you give my some of your symptoms? Every time my acid reflux flares I find it difficult to take a deep breath, as if something is blocking in my sternum. Does this sound familiar to you? I will of course be visiting the doc as well.
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