When I was 21 years old, I was diagnosed with acid reflux. My college professor recommended I get scoped due to my consistently raspy voice at the time, and sure enough, I had acid reflux as well as a vocal nodule on one of my vocal cords due to misuse. (I will write about how I cured my voice disorder and eliminated my vocal nodule in another post).
I went to the doctor, was prescribed Prevacid, and began taking it one time a day. My acid reflux fluctuated. Sometimes it was better on the medication, and sometimes it wasn’t. The doctor increased my dosage to two times a day. My acid reflux symptoms were better most of the time. Then, I read somewhere that PPIs (i.e., proton-pump inhibitors) such as Prevacid can have negative side effects. I decided to slowly wean myself off of Prevacid and see how I felt. Once completely off of the medication, nothing really changed initially; however, with the increased stress of grad school along with worse eating habits at that time, my reflux became pretty severe, and I started taking the medication again. Once, I got a handle on grad school and started eating healthier again, I again weaned myself off of the medication, and I felt okay, but still had occasional symptoms especially during stressful times in my life.
It wasn’t until 2 years ago when I made some drastic changes to my diet and lifestyle that I became completely cured of my acid reflux symptoms. It really was as simple as 3 very important steps. Doctors as well as speech therapists will give you a laundry list of ideas to help reduce your reflux, but for me, it was as simple as this:
- I had food allergy/intolerance testing completed, found out I had a severe intolerance to dairy, and I eliminated dairy from my diet.
- I switched to a primarily alkaline diet. To see what an alkaline diet consists of, go here: Alkaline/Acidic Food Lists.
- I ate smaller meals, especially at night.
That’s it! I am symptom-free and feel great! If you have acid reflux, I would highly recommend that you get food allergy/intolerance testing completed (i.e., IgE and IgG tests). Additionally, your diet is most likely too acidic! Eat more alkaline foods and less acidic foods.
What has helped you relieve acid reflux symptoms naturally?