In this post I have addressed the most frequently asked questions. As you review, please feel free to comment if questions remain and I will update this list as needed as needed.
We will cover the following questions:
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How long did it take you to heal using the supplements?
Before starting the supplements, my reflux symptoms were so bad that I couldn’t go without my prescription medications and handfuls of antacids for more than a couple hours. My research on reflux and it’s root causes gave me confidence that the supplements would work, but I was quite surprised at how thoroughly the managed my symptoms from day one. The very next day I started TheAcidRefluxGuy.com. Since that time I have been posting articles, on instagram, and youtube to share my experiences. After 15 years suffering with reflux, it took just 8 weeks to get back to normal, using the supplements. After that, I was able to get off of the supplements entirely. I suspect the length of time for you would be dependent on your current acidity and digestive efficiency as covered in this article. More details on this in my free transition guide. In it, you will find a three phase transition plan.
When I start the supplements should I continue taking the acid blockers?
For a comprehensive / easy to follow plan, additional rationale, and the steps I took to resolve my reflux, get my #1 best-selling book ‘How I Cured My Silent Reflux | The Counterintuitive Path to Healing Acid Reflux, GERD, and Silent Reflux (LPR).’
Alternatively, if you’re a do it yourselfer, I have put together a quick three page checklist that covers the three phase plan. You can get that here:
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Aren’t Pepsins bad? Why do you recommend them?
Pepsins are a digestive enzyme that your body naturally secretes as the primary agent to food digestion. Acid reflux sufferers experience pain when acid refluxing into the throat, airways and mouth. Typically the more persistent or intense burning sensations in the throat, nose, and mouth are due to the presence of Pepsins which are deposited when stomach contents are expressed out of the stomach into the aforementioned areas. When they later come in contact with acid or acid vapors they activate and begin digesting the soft tissues of the nose, throat and mouth and are experienced as a burning / tingling sensation. From this standpoint, pepsins are bad for acid reflux sufferers.
In contrast, however the recommendation on this site is to use the the Hydrochloric Acid Supplements (HCL) with Pepsins as they aid in effective digestion. Reducing the likelihood of indigestion is a key component of managing reflux in the short term, while healing takes place. As covered in my articles, the supplements help to restore normal body lower esophageal sphincter (LES) function, which is key in managing reflux. If your LES is closed, then no acid can escape your stomach, and therefore no reflux and no Pepsins are exposed to your soft tissues.
The supplements scare me. What can I do?
First, let me say I do not recommend anyone to drink apple cider vinegar even if diluted or taken by straw. Overtime it can be corrosive to teeth and soft tissues, particularly those that may already be inflamed by reflux. That said, I did take Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) as a component of my healing plan. The difference is I took them in pill form. Your stomach is designed to withstand the high acidity required to digest food. For that reason it is much safer to take ACV in pill form and allow the capsule to release inside your stomach. The primary benefit though is not just the acetic acid, but the pre-biotics which stimulate the regrowth of a healthy gut microbiome. As you will find in my articles, once your acidity gets off kilter, your digestive balance is also thrown off to the point where some of the good bacteria are overrun by pathogens and less desirable bacteria that thrive in low acid environments.
As you will learn in the articles on my site, one of the root causes of acid reflux is actually counter-intuitive… It’s due to low acidity. There are many triggers that can cause this, but the end result is your body has reduced the production of Hydrochloric Acid, your body’s natural secretion, designed to efficiently digest food. As a result, your body loses its natural mechanism to signal the closure of a ring of muscles between your stomach and throat that are responsible for closing and keeping stomach contents contained. Furthermore, due to low acidity other key digestive process erode, including healthy levels of beneficial bacteria, while other pathogens and undesirable bacteria thrive. This delicate balance is further eroded by acid reflux medications (H2 blockers, Proton Pump Inhibitors, and Antacids) which are designed to further suppress acid production.
All that being said, in order to restore your body’s natural function you can 1) discontinue the medications and work to restore the balance naturally by eating probiotics, fermented foods, etc… and allow sufficient time for your acidity to restore. This can be done, however it is challenging because of the severity of reflux symptoms and the time it take to fully recover. Alternatively, you can 2) use supplements for a short period to augment the body’s natural acid production and digestive process. This shortens the cycle for your body to resume natural function while managing iterim reflux symptoms. For more details, on this read my supplements article.
I have ulcers or inflammatory issues. What do you recommend?
Suggest getting some advice from your medical professional regarding this. The ulcer complicates things as both HCl and Apple Cider Vinegar are acidic could exacerbate your condition. Given these things, you might try the longer term, more natural approach and focus on restoring digestive efficiency through diet. Once your ulcer and or inflammatory issues resolve, you could revisit the approaches I have outlined as a means to resolve your reflux.
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