If you’re reading this, I feel your pain and am sorry you are suffering with the frustration that acid issues bring. I have been struggling with Gastritis and GERD for over three years now, and am happy to say that I’ve found almost 100% relief from it. It has taken some discipline and changes to my daily choices and habits. Acid issues can be very damaging to your body over the long term and in my opinion PPI’s (Proton Pump Inhibitors) were not a solution due to the side effects including hurting gut health and overall immunity. Here are my tips and I hope they work for you. Obviously, I’m not a doctor, so be sure to consult with your physician.
- Find your triggers, eliminate them, find replacements
You might already have an idea what triggers your acid problems. My triggers are primarily coffee, alcohol, carbonated water and too much caffeine. I’ve eliminated almost all of these from my diet with the exception of coffee because I just don’t want to live in a world without my coffee. I’ve made some adjustments to my coffee regimen which deserves it’s own post here. Occasionally I’ll have a sip of wine or beer without issues, but I really don’t miss it anymore. Don’t know what your triggers are? Try keeping a food journal to track what you eat and drink so you can pinpoint any culprits as issues occur.
**Some common triggers to avoid and other options**
Coffee: See my coffee regimen here
Black Tea: Switch to a caffeine free rooibos or caffeine free chai
Carbonated beverages: Switch to flavored water like the hint brand or make your own with fruit ice cubes.
Citrus: I just use this sparingly in cooking. Lots of non-citrus fruits and veggies still provide plenty of vitamin C too.
Spicy foods: Experiment with other spices and fresh herbs to keep flavor but cut out the trigger
Fried foods: Try homemade baked versions and invest in an air fryer to get the crunch that fried foods give
Chocolate: Try semi-sweet or milk chocolate or only small amounts of very dark chocolate. Another tip is just avoid two triggers together such as coffee and chocolate at the same time. Ensure they are spaced out.
2. Sleep Elevated and with an empty stomach
This matters as sleeping elevated helps keep the stomach acid from seeping out of your tummy into your esophagus. I’ve invested in this wedge pillow and have been using it for six months with great results. No more sore throats in the morning from acid. It does take some getting used to and I’ve trained myself to sleep like a vampire on my back. A side bonus is that this is great for reducing puffy eyes and wrinkles!
3. Eat smaller meals and try fasting
I find that if I get really full, this exacerbates my acid issues. I now try to never get to that full point and just stay at the satisfied point. Intermittent fasting has become an easier task because I stop eating very early in the evening (no later than 6pm) to avoid going to sleep on a full stomach.
I hope these tips help you and would love to also hear anything you’ve done that has helped too! Here’s to good health!