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Have spent some time trying various ways to resolve my acid problems.  following the medications route i decided to go down the eating path. Its taken a while but generally seem to now be seeing results. Started with  Jamie Kaufman Book, Dropping acid which is a good book to get you started  but I found the american recipes a bit limited. So following a lot of research on low acid foods and recipes have managed to find simple foods that work for me.  Lots of veggies lean meats and chicken and fish .Another thing i found out was how to test my foods and bottled water which was 7.2 ph,  Tap water was 7 ph bought some ph sticks to test my saliva  and water which helps me keep on track, I add a very small pinch of bi carb to glass of water and the ph went up to 8 ph which use from time to to find that if i eat someting that restarts the acid reflux in my throat I take one ranitidine at night and it settles me but not on a regular basis as when on it twice a day i had a skin reaction with a very itchy skin . I kept my Ranitidine as back up and now only take it if I have a flare up I did not milk before but now I drink goats milk and find it acceptable I can now have the occasional small glass of wine with my dinner which i have missed for some time.Even a little choc biscuit on occassions . I drink coconut water for a change instead, a little expensive but  I have saved on the bottles of wine, And if i do a stir fry I use  a little coconut oil season with  herbs instead of garlic and onions which I used to use a lot. Its taken a while but it works for me , No food after 7 pm and a night cap of cammomile tea, hope this is helpful for anyone else trying to manage this frustrating disorder  be positive and don't give up . The harders part is being strong about  finding a new lifestyle diet. My friends now know I can only go out for lunch or an early supper so socalising is limited and its sometimes difficult finding a menu to eat that suits but I find here that a small starter and and light pud works. When i go out for supper I always take my own large bottle of water and do the driving  and one ranitidine before bed.Overall I do feel better so there is light at the of the tunnel folks so hope Xmas is not to bleak for everyone .Good luck on your own journey. 

 

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    Mo,

    This is very much like what I have done to control this.  As you and I have found out, we can't just take tablets and expect to be better.  It requires a lifestyle change.  I did one more thing and added 6 mg of melatonin at night around 9 PM.  Studies have shown it helps the sphincter muscles.  

    Susan

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    what is the ph level on the water suppossed to be? I am trying to regulate with foods too but having difficulty - do you know what deer park water is?
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      The study that was done was with a pH of 8.8.  This pH level denatures (destroys) the pepsin in the throat which is the cause of all the inflammation that leads to the mucus.  I don't know what Deer Park water is.  Most of the time if it is a high pH water, it will be listed on the bottle.  I use Iceland (from Iceland), there are two others I know of:  Evamor  and Essentia which are both from the US.  I live in New England and we have a shipping company from Iceland that delivers their water.  It is very nice water.  It feels better on the palate than Evamor.  Look in health food stores under their speciality water.

       When I took a long trip recently, I didn't have access to my Iceland water.  I gargled every night with baking soda and water and I still do that. If I detect any reflux I swallow some of the baking soda and water and it seems t stop the reflux.  As I've said before, this reflux doesn't completely go away but can be controlled.

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      ph on tap water is around 7 but no idea bout deer park water never heard of it !!I have evian water at 7,2 and add small amount of bicarb , i think 8 is a good ph for liquids from what i've read
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      I just looked up Deer Park water and the pH is all over the place as they use several springs.  I didn't see any pH measurements as high as 8.8.
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      keep up the work on diet it does work but needs a lot of patience and time .good luck
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      thanks, I can start drinking evian!!! I am excited to cure this myself...I feel empowered by doing this without meds...I still have the prilosec but havent started it yet
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      Evamor is the pH 8.8 water not Evian. I don't think Evian is alkaline (I briefly looked).
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      Did i misinform you Dane i apologise if i did . Evian is 7.2 but i add a pinch of bi carb to it and it changes to 8 ph hope that helps and its cheaper than buying water of the internet. You could try it with other bottle water of your chose  I just prefer evian. I use ph sticks i purchase of  the internet to test my water i find it helps me get thebalance right.
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      great thanks...I really didn't want to buy it off the internet...where do u get bicarb? just at the market
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    Thank you for your tips. I already follow a low fodmap diet which means no lactose, wheat, stones fruit or onions and garlic or legumes. I don't eat citrus either so my diet is fish, meat and carrots, broccoli and beans, jacket potato, rice or gluten free pasta and the occasional mildThai curry. I have almond milk and lactose free butter. I do buy a few free from cakes occasionally as a treat. So I'm not eating takeaways or pizza or pies and processes food so not sure I ax give up much else x I do drink white wine socialising but not daily. I'm having decaf coffee. I don't know for sure my throat clearing and feeling of phylem in my throat is acid but I am assuming so as I do suffer from anxiety. I don't get the classic regurgitation but I do get burping Etc if not in the tablets x the dr is ringing later so will discuss if he things it's globus or silent acid reflux. My throat is mildly sore x. What symptoms do you have? Many thanks. 
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      symptoms mainly phlemy throat  and swallowing difficulties but following endoscopy , bloating and cramps , definately think this made me worse and pills made me feel really bad however things have  gotten better over the last couple of months since dietary changes
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      Hi

      I have found DGL takes about 2 months to make swallowing a lot easier. Maybe you could give this a go? A teaspoon of coconut oil also assists. Have found life just gets better and better the less meds you take!

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