Acid reflux regardless of whether you are fasting or not are often symptoms that result from too much drinking alcohol and cigarettes.
Once you start fasting, you have an increased chance of getting acid reflux once you have previously ‘opened the flood gate’, so to speak, and your epiglottis (the little flap that holds things into your stomach) has already been weakened.
Below are some of the best tips from the community to help prevent or calm down this common symptom of fasting.
Consider your posture
Drinking water or eating your meal during your limited eating meal whilst lying down on the couch can encourage acid to easily get pushed up into your throat, it was something that I noticed particularly in my own personal case. When you eat try to make sure you are sitting up right in your seat, and try not to drink large amounts whilst slumped or lying down on the couch. Seems dramatic right? But it makes a big difference.
Remove yourself from stress
Again its hard for people to control this situation because work is necessary or the kids are always going to be around. However if there are things that are causing stress it might be worth meditating, removing yourself regarding these stressful events. Stress triggers more stomach acid to be created and will therefore have more to get pushed up into the esophagus.
Lose more weight
Not quite the best advice if you are suffering now and using fasting for losing weight, but as your weight gets lower and lower the acid reflux will start to calm down and the healing will begin. This is more of a point to look forward too and to stay on your weight loss journeys path knowing this will be one of the many new benefits of weight loss.
Change your diet
If you are doing Intermittent fasting or want to have a break from prolonged water fasts its worth consider changing your diet, there may be things that are triggering the acid reflux that gets exacerbated when fasting – a diet change to something like Keto or Low Carb may help. Unfortunately this is something that is unique to everyone and you need to look after yourself so spend some time and experiment around with what works for you and listen to your body.
Drink Water NOT Soda Water
Well if your water fasting this is worth ignoring but on your standard / intermittent fast – avoid drinking any soda / soft drink based products / even if its JUST soda water. Bubbles can irritate the stomach lining if its in a sensitive state and if too much is had bubbles can fizz and push up the stomach acid. Keep it simple for a while and drink only water.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Having a small sip of Apple Cider Vinegar can help ease your stomach acid paradigm. ACV is actually more acidic before you drink it than your bodies standard 7.4 (slightly alkaline), however once its drunk converts into an alkaline state that helps bring your stomaches alkalinity up. The table spoon might be a bit potent on its own. Personally I prefer it with in a cup of warm water however it’s taste can really deter some people. So only use this if you can handle the taste.
Don’t eat or Drink too much
Its a very simple idea, but simply having too much food or liquid in your stomach can push or enable stomach acid to rise up into your oesophagus. Try to control your portions of food or limit your liquid intake and you might find you have better results almost immediately. You’ve noticed that whenever you eat you get these symptoms, then this is when you need to get your stomach a break – part of the whole reason of fasting is so that we can rest organs to allow ourself to heal them and others that get neglected around the body.
Try a Low Carb / Keto Diet
Often is the case that people that have been eating high carbs for most of their life will experience a big drop in acid reflux once they switch to a low carbohydrate diet or even a Ketogenic diet. Often these diets are more satiating than carb diets and people don’t feel the need to binge or overeat – often pushing the stomach acid up into the oesophagus. This site is full of information in regards to guides to get this to go down.
Don’t lie down after meals / drinking
After you’ve eating all that food, had all those beers, the simple act of lying down can be the ultimate culprit. With little room left in the stomach the stomach acid creeps into the oesophagus and trigger the symptoms of reflux. Try not to have food too late or when you plan to have a nap afterwards. It takes time to heal your epiglottis (the little flap that holds things into your stomach). A little planning can go a long way.
Drink Alkaline Water
Your stomach is quite acidic, one of the easy ways to balance this out is by changing your source of water to Alkaline based. These are often branded in the super market from 8-10, and are actually quite luxurious to drink feeling almost like a soft version of water. It’s certainly more expensive. But depends on how desperate you are to fix that acid burn. If you’d like to make your own at home we have created a guide for you here.
With the high acidity that comes along with coffee, adding more of it to your already acidic stomach is only going to produce more problems. If you can remove it from your morning routine or keep it to just the one cup, you’ll find that will go a long way to help lower your stomach acid refluxes throughout the day. Personally when I stopped I noticed a big difference, and this is often the main suggested often heard first from people for good reason. Decaf won’t make much difference too here – so avoid this as well.
Nexium: Common off the shelf drug – this isn’t usually instant and requires a day or two of use to start being effective, after a few days it usually will be the most effective that there is. So if its persistent and you can take this each day its recommended.
Omeprazole: Perscription based drug requiring going to a doctor first (reports of people feeling faint with stomach aches).
Mylanta: These are chewable tablets that work reasonably quickly. Careful though as it has sucrose in it – a small amount so if you start chewing them reguarly it could break your fast / autophagy.
Others: Nezium, Ranitidine
Foods to avoid:
Tomatos, Sugar, Fast food, Junk food.
If you have any new solutions of your own, or found some of these made a big difference to you, please post below so we can make this list as complete as possible.