Alternative GERD Remedies

The following is quoted from the sixth chapter of How I Learned to Manage GERD and Live Without Acid Reflux by Jim Notto. The first chapter can be found at Before trying these strategies, or any other method or technique, for managing GERD or any other disease you should consult with a qualified physician. See the Terms of Use + warnings, cautions and sound advice before proceeding.


Alternative Remedies

By Jim Notto


alternative GERD remediesNot yet realizing the significance of having begun to identify my triggers, I began trying every “alternative” remedy I could learn about. I would spend hours in health food stores, co-ops and nutrition specialty shops reading labels and literature and talking to the people who worked there and to other customers. I spent a lot of money on supplements and special foods, but to no avail.

Herbal remedies and dietary supplements did not work for me.

Over the course of several years I had spent hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars on supplements which were purported to help alleviate excess stomach acid, reflux or other GERD symptoms. I suppose some of these really do work for some people, but none of them had any long-term positive effect on my symptoms. In fact, a few of them seemed to make matters worse, and I added them to my list of personal triggers.

I also tried different dietary plans. These proved more effective, but the positive effects were short-lived or the diet itself was difficult to maintain, or too restrictive. A low-carbohydrate diet did provide me with relief for several months, but eventually my body seemed to adjust and the GERD symptoms returned. Low-fat and vegetarian diets were too difficult for me to adhere to. Eliminating all my trigger foods was simply a lesson in misery, as I enjoy so many of these.

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