Some people are diagnosed as having silent reflux. They don’t exhibit the same classic heartburn GERD symptoms such as burning feeling or pain in the cheat area. They actually experience something completely different.
What they often complain about is hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, chronic cough or a bitter taste in the mouth.
What happens in silent reflux is that stomach acid is rising back into the esophagus and into the vocal chords which explains the hoarseness and the feeling of irritation.
So how do you treat silent reflux? Pretty much the same way you would with the classic GERD:
1. You first focus on dietary changes. Eat smaller meals. Avoid any food that is spicy and acidic by nature.
2. If you are overweight then lose at least some of that excess weight. This can have a tremendous impact on your symptoms.
3. Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Don’t even drink wine.
4. Make sure you don’t consume fruits with any other food as this may cause indigestion and fermentation which can lead to reflux.
5. Don’t eat within 4 or 5 hours of bedtime. This alone can have a dramatic impact on your condition.
6. Lastly, try drinking baking soda in a glass of water whenever you experience these symptoms. 1 tsp should be enough.
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