Chew your food well. Don’t swallow until the food is liquid. There are no teeth in the stomach and it is difficult for your stomach acids to break down chunks of food.
Take one teaspoon of natural baking soda (not baking powder) in a glass of water 20 minutes before eating or as needed You can add 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to increase the potency.
Drink 1 cup of ginger tea 20 minutes before meals or as needed.
Use whole mineral salt, like Himalayan or sea salt. The salt provides sodium chloride which helps your body produce hydrochloric acid, an important stomach acid.
Cut back on foods that throw off your digestive balance like sugar, processed foods, gluten grains, especially white wheat flour products.
True Causes of Acid Reflux
Did you know that about 90% of all cases of acid reflux (GERD) is not caused by too much stomach acid, but by valve that keeps food and acid from rising up the esophagus. that closes the esophagus. There are two conditions which can cause this valve to relax inappropriately: a hiatal hernia and a type of stomach bacteria called h. pylori.
Many chiropractors can help you correct a hiatal hernia and also show you how to do so yourself. The h.pylori bacteria can be corrected by getting plenty of live probiotics (healthy digestive bacteria) in your diet with live cultured yogurt, kefir, live fermented sauerkraut or other fermented vegetables. It is essential to be sure the cultures are live in order to be fully effective.
Dr. Joseph Mercola says: “Heartburn medications can do you more harm than good One of the drugs that are often prescribed for heartburn and acid reflux are called proton pump inhibitors, or PPI’s. These are truly great drugs for blocking the acid production in the stomach.
There have been numerous studies showing that PPI’s don’t actually fix the problem, they only mask the symptoms of the real problem. Perhaps as many as 70 percent of the people these drugs shouldn’t even be on them. Taking acid reducing drugs reduces your prime defense mechanism for food borne infections. This means it increases your chance of getting food poisoning. PPI drugs themselves also have some serious side effects including bone loss, pneumonia, and very harmful intestinal bacteria known as clostridium difficile.
It’s also important to note that, as you continue to take PPI drugs, your body develops both a tolerance as well as a dependence on them. Never stop taking your PPI drugs cold turkey. Wean yourself off them slowly. Start by getting a lower dosage than what you are taking now, then, once you get down to the lowest dose, start taking over the counter drugs such as Tagamet or Ranitidine. Then you can start implementing a modification program that will remove this problem once and for all.” http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/28/acid-reflux-ulcer-treatment.aspx