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Acid Reflux/GERD

I checked on Google but was hoping some of you could help me as well.

I've recently (in about the past year) developed Acid Reflux. I am quite sure one of the reasons is that I eat too fast but I'm sure that is only one of the reasons.

Anyway....

From what I've been reading- coffee (which I don't drink) & tea are out. Caffeinated and decaf for both. I love tea. I would think decaf would be OK but apparently not.
So- I am OK with drinking herbal tea. I just need/want to know what is the best for someone with Acid Reflux. I also read that chamomile is good, which brings me to my next question.
I have some Sleepytime® Herbal Tea by Celestial Seasonings. It is a chamomile tea but it has other stuff in it.

Now I know or have read that peppermint is bad if you have Acid Reflux but this tea has spearmint. Does anyone know if spearmint is OK?

Please advise. Many, many thanks!

Also - if you have any other advice for me concerning Acid Reflux- it would be greatly appreciated.

Comments

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johnny_stiletto
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
i don't know much about GERD/acid reflux, but will give this advice on tea:

drink barley tea! it's also called mugicha and you can find it at japanese grocery stores, or better grocery stores. it's just roasted barley, but has a nutty, tea-like taste. i gave it to my bf to wean him off of coffee and tea and he loves it. since it's barley and not technically tea, it has no caffeine.

it's also DIRT cheap, too.
gimmemore_19
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Acid Reflux and GERD have both been shown to improove and in many cases go away altogether with apple cider vinegar. You would buy raw, unpasturized organic apple cider vinegar (with the "mother" in it) at a health food store.

Two tablespoons, tablespoon organic honey, spring water...mix it all together and sip slowly before each meal.

It also does a multitude of other awesome things!

kisekinotenshi
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
I've had Acid Reflux for several years now, and I can tell you that I still enjoy my tea, of just about any flavor. The important things to take note of are when you generally get that burning feeling (for me it's most often at night) and what you're doing around that time (sleeping, in my case). Here's how I handle mine.

Firstly, if you haven't heard, elevating the head of your bed works wonders in preventing attacks. It only needs to be elevated an inch or two, and piling up pillows doesn't have the same effect, so if you have some bricks or something to do that with, go ahead and do that. Since the entrance to your stomach is on the left side of your body, try to make sure you lie on your right side as much as possible. This can be hard if you toss and turn a lot or tend to sleep on your left side, but trust me it makes a BIG difference in the middle of an attack.

As for things you can and can't eat, those are generally guidelines rather than hard and fast rules. Everyone is different, and everyone has different triggers. Some people don't get acid reflux from tea, some get it from milk, some get it from chocolate, and some even get it from carbs. So you shouldn't just nix tea until you have tested your various triggers and see what sets you off. If you're like me and get acid reflux in the night, then make sure not to have anything that might trigger an attack for at least one or two hours before bed. If you get it at a different time of day, pay attention to what you're doing at that time and see if maybe you can switch up your routine, because you may be triggering it with something you're doing or eating at that time.

I would also seriously consider going on medication for it, if you haven't already, because acid reflux can seriously damage your esophagus, and if you go long enough you may notice a perpetual sore throat, pain in your chest (I get this because my esophagus spasms), and other nasty side effects.
h0rsegurrrl
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
I would also seriously consider going on medication for it, if you haven't already, because acid reflux can seriously damage your esophagus, and if you go long enough you may notice a perpetual sore throat, pain in your chest (I get this because my esophagus spasms), and other nasty side effects.

I agree and I really liked Prevacid when I was on it, the only problem I had with it was the fact that it was ridiculously expensive. Like $130 for a 30-day supply, and my mom's Aciphex is also in the same price range. I found the price not to be worth it, I feel like I'm better off taking a swig of Mylanta. The over-the-counter Prilosec is a good option but it didn't find that it worked at all. I've also heard conflicting things about shutting off some of the acid pumps in the stomach with drugs, but I would bet the benefit outweighs the risk for a lot of people.
kisekinotenshi
Oct. 20th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Prevacid worked very well for me also, I haven't been on it in several months now (because of losing my insurance by graduating from college) and I can tell a distinct difference in how my throat and stomach feel on a day to day basis.
starpolish
Oct. 20th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
re: Medication. Some medications are really, really wonderful, but depending on the type of GERD issues you have, some can make it WORSE. For example, I cannot take Prilosec because it actually makes my symptoms worse. Turns out that my GERD is actually caused by too little acid, so Prilosec (which reduces acid) made it much worse and more painful for me.
kisekinotenshi
Oct. 20th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, certainly you need to make sure the medication works for you. When I was first diagnosed, my insurance said the medication I HAD to use was Nexium, which did absolutely nothing for me. After being on that for six months, my doctor had to write them a letter saying Prevacid worked for me, and they grudgingly allowed me to take that instead. Having a good doctor makes tons of difference.
starpolish
Oct. 21st, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
That it does. I found out that Protonix works, though luckily I no longer need medication because I've been able to control it through diet for the last few months.
h0rsegurrrl
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
I think spearmint is fine. Mint isn't bad for everyone with acid reflux; some sources say that it settles the stomach and I've personally only heard of it causing a problem in excessive amounts.
kylesbaby
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Also, eating several small meals during the day is a good idea. Dont let your stomach get so empty that the acid is sitting on your stomach...i mean even a cracker or 2 most generally helps me. Like someone else said the guidlines are so generalized. If im having an extremely bad bout of it a plain baked potato will send me over the edge...weird huh? so just carefully try things.
chrisloy
Oct. 20th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Sleepytime has no caffeine and when well steeped, doesn't bother my acid too much.

There are a lot of teas out there that say herbal and still have a normal tea base. Then again some of them don't. you best bet is to look for the words "Caffeine free" not decaf. Caffeine free means it has none and hasn't had any. Decaf means some has been taken out.

I have been told that carbonation can help sometimes in which case you may want to try ginger ale, sprite, grape, or orange sodas (or any other caffeine free. I heard Stewart's has a good line.
ladyvyxen
Oct. 20th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
I dont believe in medicine, especially for something as cureable as acid reflux. Nature gives you everything you need to balance your body. I live by this website:

http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/acid_reflux.html
gimmemore_19
Oct. 21st, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I LOVE earth clinic as well!
the_undertow
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
up your calcium intake... it helps me. i try to just eat a lot more leafy greens. :]
vivrant_thing22
Oct. 21st, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
PAPAYA TABLETS SAVED MY LIFE. I cant afford Nexium or any other stuff that usually helps so I just chew on 3-5 papaya tablets when I feel it coming. It works wonders. Prilosec OTC has helped but sometimes it doesnt.
I drink sleepytime tea as well, it rarely bugs me, but it all depends on what else that day I've eaten.
I suggest you 1. get checked out so make sure there arent other problems. 2.Possibly change your diet.
My acid reflux improved a ton when I stopped eating greasy food, cut waaay back on coffee and tea, and quit smoking.
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