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Hi everyone,

DH suffers from bad reflux. It gets worse at night. He tries not to eat late, and sometimes props himself up with pillows to sleep. But he would really like something that would help besides antacids without going the medical route.

We have various stuff for digestion like ginger, artichoke bitters, and enzymes, but what helps when you are already making acid?

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Frankly the only thing I've found that soothes is dairy. Milk especially, or kefir or yogurt.
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Slippery elm powder is very good also.... you can get the capsules and make it into a paste.....
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Dairy actually just temporarily coats, but in the long run it stimulates the stomach to make MORE acid to break the protiens down.

Drink a cup of warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in it to neutralize it (but watch this if he has high BP because of the sodium!) Tastes nasty, but works!
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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, my dh is VERY greatful I learned about this and sent him some to start up. He's been using this now daily for 2 months now and from the first dose has been Prilosec and Rolaids Free. He says not only is his gerd under control, but he feels overall much healthier. I know I've used it on myself and my dd when we got the stomach flu and one dose we never vomited again. It's not so much you want to reduce acid, rather you want to balance out the acid.

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Thanks everyone, for the suggestions! We're vegan (I didn't think to mention) so he couldn't have yogurt anyway. I didn't know SE was good for it, nor did I think of actually taking acid for acid. How does that work? BTW-I buy ACV in gallons to use for my no-poo hair washing and cleaning and cuz I like to drink a bit of it now and then.

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a friend of mine had terrible reflux and he started using a product called PRIMAL DEFENSE (i think that's what it's called!). essentially it is to tone up the whole digestive tract. it's expensive (like $100!) but he said it worked out to $1 a day and has radically improved his health - no more acid reflux, better digestion and elimination... I'm considering trying it myself in a concerted effort to beat these post partum pudgy physical blahs.
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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, my dh is VERY greatful I learned about this and sent him some to start up. He's been using this now daily for 2 months now and from the first dose has been Prilosec and Rolaids Free. He says not only is his gerd under control, but he feels overall much healthier. I know I've used it on myself and my dd when we got the stomach flu and one dose we never vomited again. It's not so much you want to reduce acid, rather you want to balance out the acid.

How do you take this? My DH has acid reflux disease and takes a dose of ranitidine every morning and night. I'd love if we could find something natural for him that works!
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For reflux the two things I've heard of is papaya, to reduce stomach acid, and aloe vera juice, to help heal inflamed tissue. Also, follow the GERD diet, have an early dinner and don't eat much after that, sleep with bed elevated, all that stuff.

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