This video describes how your GERD may be due to low acidity in the stomach and how to fix the problem so that you are no longer relying on acid blockers and antacids.
Common Causes of GERD:
Hiatal Hernia: My belief that many people's GERD is made worse by low acidity of the stomach which makes the effects of a hiatal hernia worse. If the hiatal hernia is very bad surgery may be recommended to fix the problem. However, before you go to have hiatal hernia surgery, make sure that you have exhausted all other avenues of treatment because there are many who go through surgery only to find that the problem still exists. Many people will have hiatal hernias and have little or no problems associated with GERD or reflux. So you may be in a category of patient that will benefit from other approaches.
Low Stomach acid: see video for full description. Suffice it to say, I've found this to be the majority of the problem, especially with older individuals.
Food Sensitivities: IgG food sensitivities, not usually food allergies are a culprit. Many people do not know about their food sensitivities because the reactions are delayed (2-72 hours delayed). People with IBS, inflammatory bowel disorders and GERD will all respond well to identifying and eliminating foods that they are sensitive to. Common foods are daily (usually cow dairy as opposed to goat or sheep dairy), eggs, corn, sugar, wheat and citrus (particularly oranges).
Natural Solutions to GERD:
- Apple Cider vinegar: 1 Tablespoon with 1/4 cup water prior to each meal and significant sized snack. You may not be able to do this while there is active ulceration or gastritis. Give it a try and if you feel miserable then stop until the irritation has healed.
- L-glutamine: an amino acid that heals the lining of the digestive system. Consult your doctor for appropriate dosing.
- DGL: deglycirrhizinated licorice
- Aloe Vera gel
- Zinc Carnitine: very effective on the healing and rebuilding of the mucousal layer of the digestive system, especially in cases of stomach or duodenal ulcerations and in esophageal ulcerations. Used in Japan for years as a primary treatment for such ulcerations.
- Slippery Elm (an herb)