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Managing a hiatal hernia or Acid Reflux (GERD)

I sure could use some tips on dealing with one. I have heard eat smaller portions, eat less. Well, at least that is additional incentive for my diet. Any one got something they have tried that helped? One thing helping me is taking some ginger root capsules. For now, that and the smaller portions is what I am trying. I always prefer natural remedies to meds. But, I will take meds if that is what I must do.

Wed. Oct 11, 3:20pm

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smaller portions and eating less. That sums it up.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 3:21 PM

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this may not sound too appetizing, but it works! if you make a zucchini broth and sip it after a meal it really calms the stomach juices. i have dealt with this type of problem for many years, tried many medication and spent a lot of dough. finally, i went the homeopathic route and have been relieved since. asparagus broth works, too (can cause an odd odor in your urine). don't eat raw greens, they take a lot to break down. cut out caffeine, alcohol, carbonated beverages and spicy and citrus foods. gradually add back into your diet as the sympyoms start to go away. and at night, try elevating your head with a couple of pillows if you experience reflux then.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 3:41 PM

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OP here. Thanks for the feedback. I don't have any food or acid to back up into my esophagus that I can tell. I only have gas that causes me to burp, but the burps are 'dry' and chronic/frequent. Today I have done well due to implementing controlled portion size and ginger root. The real test will be on my drive home. It is wierd, but the car's motion aggravates the condition terribly. Uh, is Homer Simpson in the car or what?...No, it's just me. Right now I am just glad me and MBH work opposite shifts so he doesn't have to be turned off by such loud burps. Not feminine at all.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 3:50 PM

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OP again....I will try your tips! :-)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 3:52 PM

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My husband has suffered from Acid Reflux and Gerd. We have tried a lot of things and they don't work. Ultimately medication has been his only saving grace. Some of the things we tried; however, were yogurt, lots of water, small meals (his stomach digests slowly) and sleeping with his head elevated with pillows or just raising the head of your bed. I don't know if that will help or not, but it's an inexpensive route.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 4:47 PM

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