Just a short post today, comprised of some notes on how I've been able to stop heartburn, and avoid full-blown acid reflux. I'm not guaranteeing, of course, that my strategy will provide you with the same results I get, but it's worth a try. Because I was suffering pretty badly, and didn't want to get on any "little purple pill" regimen.
About 2 years ago, I suddenly was getting this bad heartburn, primarily at night as I lay in bed. A burning sensation came up my gullet, like my esophagus was on fire. It happened every night, then started occuring various times during the day. It was alarming, and kept me from getting a good night's sleep.
My doctor told me it sounded like I was developing acid reflux, but not quite there yet.
I did some research online. Here's what I learned and what I did.
Stop the Heartburn
(1) Reduce tomato products, including spaghetti sauce, salsa, and BLT sandwiches.
(2) Reduce cold cuts and cheap luncheon meats.
(3) Take digestive aids like peppermint herbal tea.
(4) Reduce all acidic foods.
(5) Replace regular coffee with acid-reduced coffee, like Kava or Folgers Simply Smooth.
(5) Drink soy milk.
Soy milk proved to be a serious, fast-acting remedy when I got a flare-up of heartburn. My reseach indicated that regular cow milk would not do the trick, I had to use soy milk. (I wonder if goat milk is good for this also...?)
I never take Rolaids or Pepto Bismal, so I can't compare the results of non-acidic diet and soy milk with these over-the-counter treatments. But I can say that I use soy milk as a coating agent, and it works wonders for me.
If you're interested, I generally use Silk Vanilla Soy Milk.
It's important to change your diet as detailed above. I still get a little heartburn once in a while, especially when I eat acid or tomato-based foods, or indulge in regular coffee.
But immediately upon drinking some soy milk, the symptoms cease. Soy milk acts quickly and is, so far, completely reliable.
Let me know if you have discovered a non-pharmaceutical treatment to stop heartburn and avoid acid reflux.