Acid Reflux / Heartburn

Acid Reflux / Heartburn

Acid reflux is when stomach acid gets pushed up into the esophagus, which is the tube that carries food and drink from the mouth to the stomach. Some reflux is totally normal and harmless, usually causing no symptoms. But when it happens too often, it burns the inside of the esophagus. The most common symptom of acid reflux is known as heartburn, which is a painful, burning feeling in the chest or throat. In addition to heartburn, common symptoms of reflux include an acidic taste at the back of the mouth and difficulty swallowing. Other symptoms include a cough, asthma, tooth erosion and inflammation in the sinuses 


Acid reflux is a complicated medical issue that should not be left undiagnosed or untreated. However, a little “burpy” reflux/heartburn from time to time seems to be less common with the CODE RED lifestyle because we are avoiding processed foods and sugars. We find that those foods can in some people, make things worse. But if it happens to you, here are some thoughts…


1.    Apple cider vinegar does tend to make reflux better for most people but for a FEW people it makes things worse. Try it and see. It balances the acid in your stomach. Here is a link to one Cristy uses every day!

2.    Drink your water lukewarm or room temp. NOT COLD! This can make matters worse

3.    COOK your veggies. Raw veggies can cause increased reflux. 

4.    Don’t eat and drink together. Always separate those activities by ½ hour at least. 

5.    Peppermint tea works well when you are having a flare up.

6.    Some research suggests that reflux is a sign of an unbalanced gut flora. Code RED probiotics can help if that is the case. We suggest trying it for a month and see if it improves.

7.    Always sit up after eating.

8.    Avoid too much coffee (can increase acid production)

9.    Try sleeping on your back (with head elevated) or your LEFT side. This is due to the position of the stomach when lying on the right. 

10. IF you are concerned, seek out medical advice from your primary care provider. 

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