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  • Helpful, but the list is only a very general guide. Many foods that bother me aren't on the list. Other helpful foods are. For example, I have found that peppermint is actually good for my belly. Nuts are good, too, in moderation and chewed thoroughly, especially for those of us trying to keep our fiber intake up. I think you have to keep a food diary and just figure it out for yourself what bothers you and what doesn't
  • To Princessdi62, I have heard of LINX, but it is fairly new technology. Last year I had Nissan fundoplication for severe GERD. It's major surgery and not for everyone, but I am pretty much reflux free after having reflux since I was a small child, so I am pleased with the outcome.
    What amazes me is that nobody is mentioning the importance of drinking plain ordinairy water.Quite often the acidity felt is due to the body being in need of water.Many people fail to drink enough water throughout theday,perfering to drink tea,coffee, carbonated drinks ,fruit juice when in fact all of these can affect the gut.Strong tea and coffee can cause indigestion.....Many people say they are unable to eat breakfast first thing because they feel sick,drinking a glass of water can prevent that.
  • Hello there,

    Has anyone considered the LINX procedure at Hoag Hospital? I have heard it does wonders.
  • Please go to an Allergist. They found out in 2 visits that I have intolerance to foods. I was a mess the next day. I went to the office and said now what? They stuck me with an Epi Pen and had me sit in the office for an hour.

    Also; older adults who never knew they had food intolerance or knew but food didn't bother them that bad, (when they were younger) may experience a more often episode of acid reflux, indigestion/heart burn or in my case a sensitive mouth/ lip, or tongue, hives or swollen eyes.
  • I have acid reflux. My stomach is hurting me right now. I can't go to church this morning. I took a teaspoon of regular vinegar but I see that's no good for you. But I see where Lineyt said she take a shot of cider vinegar with the mother on it. Thanks I am going to try that.
    I have digestive issues if I eat late at night, before going to bed.
  • This was very informative, I've been diagnosed with acid reflux, gerd . Due to years of this issue I developed a hitial hernia witch is very painful, almost everything I consume in my body gives me heart burn. It's almost second nature to me.
  • AZMIMI98
    I am new to SP and am enjoying the site, have great hopes that it will help to keep me motivated to lose the extra pounds that have attached over the years. As a health care worker and sufferer of GERD myself, the article is spot on re triggers ie caffeine, carbs, carbonated beverages, spicy, fatty foods, etc. The suggestions for what works are worth trying, because we are all so unique. I am going to try aloe juice which a friend uses and has for years with much relief of his night time symptoms. Thanks for writing about this important topic....
  • Another symptom not discussed much but very common is an ongoing cough. I thought for years it was related to my asthma until an allergy/asthma specialist put me on meds for gerd.. Lo and behold I cough 1/4 as much as I used to. It seems the acid reflux irritates the throat passage which in turn causes you to cough, you medicate for the wrong thing which sometimes adds to the acid reflux and on and on.
  • This was very interesting and informative. I have noticed that when I eat better, my acid reflux disappears. Yea!
  • I have reflux troubles also. The insurance stopped covering the meds that worked. I eliminated most of the "triggers" and have stopped taking my meds. It has helped, but now I will lose weight. I have an Endoscope on the 15th.
  • I have had really really bad reflux... I had stopped eating at 5 pm and still would have it at 3 or 4 am, but I just want to validate the others that say a low carb diet has helped! I have been low carbing it (as a serious last resort after trying a million things!) and I have had not one twinge of acid issues. OK granted I also have had NO dairy as well as no chocolate, but I did eliminate those horrible triggers previously with only minimal results. If low carbs rid me of reflux, it's a win win as I lost 7 lbs in the first 10 days :) This is awesome since I was on a reflux drug that effected how my body absorbed calcium and I recently had 4 foot fractures from walking... I know it was directly related with me taking the drug for 18 months!
  • AJS4025
    I already take omeprazole dr twice a day. I experience alot of chest pain not cartiac related. cAN I take antiacids between the omeprazole?
    I always thought that I had GERD/acid indigestion and took various antiacid medications, with little relief. After doing further research on my symptoms (gassiness, acid burps, feeling food not being digested completely), I realized I had the OPPOSITE condition - low stomach acid. This was causing food to pass without being totally digested, thus the resulting issues. I then started eating/drinking something acidic before meals (i.e. apple cider vinegar, pickles, salad with a vinegar-based dressing), and this made a HUGE difference immediately. It turned out that I was making the problem worse by using the acid reducers. It won't hurt to give this a try - you'll know right away if this is what you need. Now I need to work on my lactose intolerance problem ...

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