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Medical doctor recommended remedy for reflux or GERD that is inexpensive, easy to obtain, safe, and effective.
Need a reflux remedy that is easy to use, inexpensive and totally natural? Concerned about the widespread recall of Zantac and other medications by the FDA due to the cancer concerns?
Read on for the details but don’t be put off by how simple this solution is.
It works so give it a try! My husband has used it for years to manage reflux with NO drugs necessary!
What is Reflux or GERD?
Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is at epidemic levels today.
Not only do many adults suffer from it, but children and even infants frequently do as well in ever-increasing numbers.
According to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons:
The term gastroesophageal reflux describes the movement (or reflux) of stomach contents back up into the esophagus, the muscular tube that extends from the neck to the abdomen and connects the back of the throat to the stomach. Because the stomach manufactures acid as an aid to digestion, this phenomenon is often referred to as acid reflux. Most people experience acid reflux from time to time as heartburn, a burning sensation below the breast bone that occurs after eating or at night. When the frequency of acid reflux is much greater than normal, or complications develop as a result of acid reflux, the condition is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.
Now that we know what reflux or GERD actually is, let’s examine what causes this chronic and sometimes debilitating condition and how to resolve it without dependence on drugs.
Too Much Stomach Acid is NOT the Problem
Contrary to conventional thought, it is not too much stomach acid that is causing the discomfort.
According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, the nexus of the problem is too little stomach acid which causes the food that is consumed to sit and putrefy in the stomach.
Sufficient acid would ensure that the food is immediately and properly broken down by digestive juices (hydrochloric acid) produced by the stomach glands.
This putrification process generates a secondary acidic environment. This is the acid that people experience as reflux!
The ironic truth is that if the stomach produced adequate acid to begin with, reflux from the secondary acid would never occur!
Secondary Acid and Food Backwash
The uncomfortable result of this secondary acid in the stomach is that the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) gets paralyzed.
This allows both acid and partially digested food to flow back up into the esophagus. Hence the acid in the back of the throat and the related discomfort.
While the putrefaction of the food in the stomach from a lack of hydrochloric acid itself generates an acidic environment, it’s not the kind we need for digesting food optimally in order for us to be nourished by it.
Toxins are generated and the surrounding tissue is affected and ultimately damaged.
This is especially the case for the sphincter which opens and closes to allow the passage of food from the esophagus to the stomach.
Long-Term Reflux Health Effects
Of course, this cannot be a good thing on a long-term basis and it’s only natural that complications would develop over time, the worst being esophageal cancer.
Besides the typical burning in the throat sensation, acid reflux sufferers also typically experience slow digestion which makes metabolism very inefficient.
A healthy digestive system uses about 30% of the body’s energy on a daily basis. As a result, any major reduction in its capacity will tire you out quickly.
Sleepy after meals anyone?
Easy Food-Based Solution
So what’s to be done? According to lectures by Dr. Campbell-McBride MD, a natural reflux remedy is available that is actually ridiculously simple.
Help the stomach produce more natural acid to prevent the problematic, secondary acid from occurring!
Whatever you do, don’t suppress the stomach’s efforts by shutting down what little beneficial acid it is producing with TUMS, a purple pill, or any other medication – over-the-counter or prescription.
Reflux medications are a monster cash cow for the drug companies, but it’s at the expense of the long-term health of the consumer.
This is the case even if there is some short-term relief because there is less secondary, putrified acid to be refluxed up the esophagus.
The toxins are still being produced and the damage is still being done to your sphincter.
Cabbage Encourages Normal Stomach Function
Your natural production of stomach acid can be stimulated and enhanced easily, safely and cost-effectively with cabbage.
Yes – cabbage!
Cabbage is a reflux remedy as it naturally stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid (HCL). This permits digestion to proceed normally.
Sufficient HCL in the stomach prevents the secondary wave of acid from paralyzing the sphincter and causing the partially digested stomach contents to erupt back into the throat.
You can juice it and drink some before eating or make yourself some good old coleslaw (you know, the kind grandma used to make – or at least someone in your ancestry if you go back far enough). Or, here it comes, just eat some traditionally fermented sauerkraut.
If you can’t make it, then buy it (suggested source). Not the canned or shelf-stable jarred stuff on the shelf at the supermarket. Real sauerkraut requires refrigeration.
Cabbage and particularly fermented cabbage, aka sauerkraut, is a reflux remedy that is about as simple as you can get!
Sauerkraut, especially, is a traditional food in various parts of Europe. And now I understand why.
How to Use Everyday
In order to have a comfortable digestive experience all day long, start the morning by eating a quarter cup or so of sauerkraut or plain shredded cabbage five minutes before your meal.
Dr. Natasha’s orders!
Green Cabbage Works Better than Purple
When you are traveling, pick up a small head of cabbage at the supermarket. Organic is best but not necessary. You can take small bites out of it like an apple if necessary.
Even more convenient, buy a small bag of coleslaw mix available in the produce section.
Anecdotally, my husband says that green cabbage seems to work better than purple. He’s been in remission from reflux for almost two decades using diet changes alone and this method still really helps him!
If you cannot eat raw cabbage or sauerkraut due to thyroid issues or allergies, then I would suggest using herbals.
This clean-label certified herbal supplement is very effective for controlling gas and bloating issues without meds.
A Good Breakfast Gets Digestive Juices Flowing
Another tip is to be sure that your first meal of the day is a good one such as overnight soaked porridge, eggs fried in butter with some cooked veggies or fruit on the side.
In addition, a small morning cup of traditionally-made homemade broth is an underappreciated way to really help digestion as well.
If you still have symptoms later despite the cabbage/sauerkraut preventative, try this simple eggshell and apple cider vinegar remedy. One teaspoon in an 8-ounce glass of filtered water helps alleviate symptoms.
If you’re eating processed cereals with lowfat/skim milk, pop-tarts, or doughnuts for breakfast, forget about the cabbage, sauerkraut, or apple cider vinegar.
A poor diet ensures that nothing natural is going to help that much.
Just pop the pills.
(1) FDA Requests Removal of All Ranitidine Products (Zantac) from the Market
(2) Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD
Want do you think about cabbage powder for the people who don’t like cabbage.
Hi Kelly, cabbage powder will not work as it is processed.
I was wondering if you could help me by answering some of my questions that desperately need answers. I will wait for you to respond before I type. Your response will be appreciated.
Sarah Pope MGA
I would recommend reaching out to a respected functional physician in your area. This article serves as information to help you think through what other avenues for healing might help but have not been considered.
I have been diagnose with Hpylori like 3 times..Have used the kit and it doesn’t get away..I got Gerd and sometimes i feel severe pain and heartburn.I ate raw onions after reading in the internet only to realize it worsen the situation..Am on Gerd drugs too but first week of medication i felt better and now towards finishing my med am feeling a bit worse..Chest pain, hungry but full,heart burn …am taking raw green cabbage and carrot but there’s any development…Advice
I have silent reflux…. don’t know what to do. There is so much conflicting information on the web that I’m lost. The only consistent food among websites is oatmeal, bananas and ginger. I’m trying to heal my vocals and esophagus but not sure what diet is best. Any recommendations?
I recommend a clinic that specializes in healing the gut which is the cause of the reflux in the first place. A GAPS practitioner would be very helpful to consult with.
I was wondering if cabbage soup diet is a good idea if i omit the onions and tomatoes?
What is A safe dressing to put on Cole slaw? I was given lots of cabbage and made sauerkraut but still have some left. And recently developed gerd. It’s the pitts and I want to get it gone and sleep in my bed again!
How long should someone keep up with the cabbage every morning? Is it ongoing or will the stomach eventually start producing enough acid?
Probably not, unfortunately. You will need to continue this indefinitely or perhaps consider a healing diet to resolve intestinal imbalances such as the GAPS Diet. https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/heal-your-autoimmune-disease-now/
My daughter who is 7 frequently has hiccups after food intake. She also gets stomach crams especially if she eats something deep fried. I try to feed her healthy as much as I can. She was diagnosed with a minor gastritis two years ago. I’m very concerned for her health since she is very skinny. What would you recommend for us besides acid medicine. Thank You
What do you recommend for a 3 month old with reflux? (Not breastfed)
I would suggest the homemade formula either dairy or non-dairy. Store bought formula even if organic is a big trigger for infant reflux.
I need a recipe for homemade saurcraut
Here you go: https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/video-making-sauerkraut/