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TOPIC: Has anyone cured their acid reflux?

March 8, 2012 8:31 PM
My acid reflux became really bad as I gained weight. I was having to throw up and had to have my esophagus stretched out. I took Nexium for several years. As soon as I started eating less, exercising, and losing weight, I was able to stop taking the Nexium. I read that it causes loss of bone density with prolonged use, and I didn't want that. Occasionally, if I eat something greasy, I'll take a couple of Tums. At night, mostly out of habit, I take a couple of Tums before I go to bed to make sure I don't get heartburn during the night. That hasn't happened in a very long time, but I figure a little extra calcium won't hurt me.

I hope losing weight works for you, too. Acid reflux is a horrible feeling. I remember not being able to finish meals and having to excuse myself to throw up food that wouldn't go down. I also remember sitting up at night with painful heartburn. I don't miss it.

Best wishes for your success!
March 8, 2012 8:43 PM
My husband used to have reflux all the time. Had to sleep propped up, downed antacids all the time. I can't remember the last time he took antacids now.
March 8, 2012 11:42 PM
Hi like you I suffer from a hiatus hernia and acid reflux. An endoscopy revealed these conditions. Once I pinpointed the foods that aggrevated these conditions and cut them out or drastically reduced them my condition improved. I am ,however, on a gastro resistant capsule taken daily. It is a prescription drug called Lansoprazole, I am on it forever. I have to say it is my best friend and I do not suffer with reflux at all, an exception being white wine late at night, which is acidic, and I only drink the best believe me. It makes the perfect excuse for me to stick to full bodied reds . As I am not a heavy or habitual drinker these episodes are few and far between, At this stage surgery is not thought necessary!
March 8, 2012 11:49 PM
I have a Hiatus Hernia and I get this Acid Reflux and I'm on meds for it (omeaprozole). You should see a doctor.

They said it would go when I lose weight.

oops read further down that you have this too. I have tried not eating certain foods, but I still get the Acid reflux.
Edited by Naybelline On March 8, 2012 11:53 PM
March 9, 2012 12:01 AM
I had to have surgery to fix my acid reflux and my stomach i believe doc said was up in my almost halfway in esophagus and had to be pulled back down and put back in place. I was pretty much a mess and i never ate spicy food but everything gave me heartburn. It got really bad with my first pregnancy and then just never went away until the surgery. Now several years later i still feel good. Meds did help but it was never gonna be the answer to my particular situation. I tease my daughter now 15 that since she was always stretched out during my pregnancy she broke me LOL She was 20.5 inches born and i have the lil short torso. She of course knows i'm just kidding with her. But best of luck and hope that just loosing the weight does help your situation.
March 9, 2012 1:51 AM
I had terrible reflux- I now have NONE. I was at the point where I could barely sleep. I don't have any now!
March 9, 2012 4:52 AM
I used to have horrible h eartburn and acid reflux. Between my husband and myself, we would go through a large bottle of Extra Strength Tums a week!! A friend, and gastroenterologist, told me to completely eliminate animal products from my diet for three months, and then gradually begin adding them back until I found what ever it was that was upsetting my digestive tract. Surprise!! Cheese.. worst offender.. and milk. So, now, I stay clear of these things, and have not had once ounce of trouble in 4 years!
March 9, 2012 4:57 AM
I too was taking Dexilant twice a day, I started consuming 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and have not had to take the medication anymore. I don't know if it is a combination of changing my diet or the Vinegar, but I am going to keep it up, because Acid reflux bites!!
March 9, 2012 6:34 AM
Hello! I was surprised to read this thread because I have horrible GERD and a hiatal hernia. Right before starting my lifestyle change I went to the ER because the pain was so severe and lasted for days. I thought I had a heart condition. After a whole slew of tests including an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy I was diagnosed with the hiatal hernia. I was taking antacids for years so that caused me to have polyps that are harmless which they removed. I said to myself, I'm too young to feel this crappy! I started eating better and exercising and I no longer take any meds. Just the occassional tums when I drink coffee or have tomato sauce/orange juice. I think excess weight has a lot to do with GERD and reflux. Don't eat right before bed and avoid trigger food and beverages. It's been 3 months since I've taken any meds for it. Good luck!! Hope this info helps a lil flowerforyou
March 9, 2012 6:38 AM
I no longer have acid reflux, I've dropped one blood pressure medication and I am no longer considered pre-diabetic! And that was only after a 12lb weight loss with 36 to go!
March 9, 2012 6:39 AM
Believe it or not. I had to take 2 prilosec everyday and still had reflux. I could not lay down flat to sleep.
When I started my journey I gave up everything made with white flour. Within days my Gerd stopped. I swear, I was shocked.
I could not even drink water without getting indigestion and heartburn. I don't take anything now.
March 9, 2012 6:41 AM
I don't have acid reflux but my Mom has had lots of problems with it. She found the following book very helpful: Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure by Dr. Jamie Koufman.
March 9, 2012 6:47 AM
Are you into old home remedies? My husband's grandmother would take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a 16 oz. glass of warm water at bedtime. She said it helped with heartburn, achey joints, and was a good fat burner.
March 9, 2012 6:48 AM


I have! I used to take prescription acid reflux medication daily. I have been off of it since losing weight. Now I only get an occasional flair up-mostly from overeating or eating spicy or salty foods.

That's what I wanna hear!

Me too ((used to take prescription acid reflux medication daily. I have been off of it since losing weight. Now I only get an occasional flair up-mostly from overeating or eating spicy or salty foods.)))

Using this site it is easy to track the food triggers, so now I avoid those foods, or have them rarely.
March 9, 2012 8:21 AM
I was diagnosed with hiatal hernia, acid reflux disease, and was told to take Nexium/Prilosec. They did very little for me.

I then read people curing their acid reflux with this simple mixture, so I tried it. In 3 days I had little to no acid reflux and within 2 weeks, GONE.

1 Heaping teaspoon of bee pollen granules. (Let them soak in 8 to 10oz of Purified or Alkaline Water for 15minutes
1/4 teaspoon pure cinnamon (I use Saigon)
1 tablespoon Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother

Mix them together after the bee pollen granules have soaked, and drink it down. Don't sip, gulp. Does it taste good? Not really, but it doesn't taste gross either.

Make sure you don't have an allergy to bee pollen FIRST!
March 9, 2012 8:25 AM
My son has acid reflux and it needs to be treated 2 x a day....150mg of zantac in the AM and PM on an empty stomach
March 9, 2012 8:26 AM
Yep, I used to go through a bottle of Extra Strength Tums every couple of weeks. There wasn't a night I didn't have acid reflux.

Within a week of starting here it was gone!

No special diets, just watching what I eat and getting regular excersize.

Hope this helps!
March 9, 2012 8:26 AM

Mine completely went away within 2 weeks of changing my diet......soooo nice not having to sleep propped up on pillows


I have a hiatal hernia - which I didn't know until about a month ago - but a few years ago I had reflux like it was my job. I was on pills for it but it wasn't until last year when I completely changed my diet (cut out wheat-based and processed foods) that I noticed that I no longer needed the pills. Win!

Obviously I can't guarantee that going to a Paleo diet will cure yours but diet changes are usually a huge factor in most things. Good luck!
March 9, 2012 8:29 AM
i used to be on three medications I had to take multiple time a day, and would still have it. I am off of meds now for over a year, and RARELY have to take something OTC. Majorly due to weight loss and change in eating habits....
March 9, 2012 8:30 AM
i had gotten it while i was pregnant with my youngest. had it for a few years after and then got really bad and stomach pain so bad i curled into a ball and couldn't move and was sooo hot not even my husband could touch me. i went and got checked out and my gall bladder was on the low side of working. so i got that removed and the pain and reflux had left the building:) so you could ask your doctor to do a test to check your gall bladder function.
March 9, 2012 8:31 AM
when i lost weight i stopped having acid reflux too!!

used to have it daily for about 8 years!
March 9, 2012 8:33 AM

I have severe reflux that burns my throat and affects my breathing. Has anyone with similar symptoms managed to cure (or greatly reduce) their reflux and get off of the meds after losing weight?

i had bad heartburn i was taking up to 10 antacid a day!! Since losing weight mine has all but gone, just when i eat dertain foods now e.g. bananas!! I hope you get it sorted happy
March 9, 2012 8:33 AM
I had horrible acid reflux when I was at my heaviest -- but eating cleaner foods and exercising has helped tremendously!!
March 9, 2012 8:33 AM
For me it was simple. I have GERD and just eating healthier, exercising and not eating at least 4 hours before bed has really done the trick for me. Cutting way back on soda, junk, and sugar really helps (I have a sweet toothblushing). Tried apple cider vinegar and made me really sick but I have heard people swear by it. You have to try them all and see which remedy might work best just for you. Best of luck!
Big hugs,

March 9, 2012 8:34 AM
Not everyone has acid reflux for the reasons I did.
1. I overate.
2. I ate most of my food later in the day, after dinner.
3. I had too much food in my stomach when I went to bed.
4. My stomach was so big that when I'd lie down it would push everything up my throat. Blech!
5. I also took a bp med at night time that made it worse.
6. I was in denial about my weight being the problem.
Now all of it is gone unless I forget to take that bp pill with dinner.
Again, not everyone has acid reflux for the same reasons, but I thought I'd post some of mine.

Things that helped me when I had it:

1. Eat dinner early and don't eat 2 hours before going to bed.
2. Chewable Rolaids! Sadly, they had a recall on them and I could no longer buy them. Walgreens has a chewable kind that works just as well though. Try them! Usually one would work, if not the 2nd one always did!
3. Keep working on your weight loss! You can do this!

Add me if you'd like, I'll so my best to encourage you.
You will get to a point where you will no longer have to worry about acid reflux.
YOU can do it. Good luck!


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