A Cure For GERD? One Woman’s Story of Healing Through Diet

Many people experience (suffer from) GERD. I once had a diagnosis of “silent GERD,” which was very debilitating at the time. I was offered PPIs (proton pump inhibitors). I knew a lot about them through my research and decided not to take them. I went a more natural route. I focused on eating an anti-inflammatory diet, staying hydrated, and avoiding irritants.

I found others though who have healed/improved through similar methods. Here is one woman’s amazing story on how she got better:

Crissy went through a tough time dealing with GERD, which caused her throat to burn and made her feel like she was choking, even though she wasn’t overweight. She tried strong meds like Nexium, but they weren’t doing the trick. She even thought about surgery because she was so desperate.

It all started three years ago when she woke up one morning with a mouthful of saliva and this scary feeling like she was choking on something. After seeing her doc and getting checked out, she found out she had esophagitis and her sphincter wasn’t working right. Meds like Dexilant helped for a bit, but then she had a reaction, so she switched to Nexium.

But things just got worse over time. The Nexium stopped working, and her new doc suggested doubling up the dose, which didn’t sit well with her. She tried all sorts of things like peppermint capsules, enzymes, probiotics, and even drinking vinegar (bad idea if you already have too much acid in the stomach). Nothing really worked long-term.

Then, she stumbled upon these books (such as Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure) about acid reflux diets that changed everything for her. They said to cut out acidic foods, which was totally different from what she’d heard before. So, she went all in, ditching coffee, alcohol, onions, garlic, and a bunch of other stuff.

And guess what? It worked! After sticking to the diet for a month, her reflux practically vanished. No more meds, no more heartburn, nothing. Now she’s able to enjoy coffee and even have a drink now and then without issues.

Her story shows that sometimes you have to think outside the box when dealing with health issues. Changing her diet made a huge difference, and now she’s feeling much better. It’s a reminder that there’s hope out there, even when things seem rough.

Original story found here: https://iffgd.org/personal-stories/crissys-personal-story/

I find that stories like this have helped me find answers to health conditions I have experienced, and have also lead to my healing. I personally like the book Dropping Acid (punny title lol). It was informative on how acids can hurt an already sensitive throat, stomach, and digestive tract.

Anyway, this is not to be considered “medical advice” and please “consult with a qualified healthcare professional before making any significant changes to your diet or treatment plan.”

Nevertheless, this worked for her and potentially could work for others. The medical establishment prescribes things like PPIs, which do help. However, doctors have said that they are meant to be temporary solutions, not permanent ones.

According to The Best Practice Advocacy Centre New Zealand (bpacnz):

PPIs should be used only when there is a specific clinical indication, and at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time. 1

I hope you find this information insightful.


  1. https://bpac.org.nz/2019/ppi.aspx

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