Our friend, Dr. Mark Hyman gives us a good list of things to consider:
So, the key isn’t taking the drug. It’s finding the cause.
There are some really simple actions you can take to see if there are any specific triggers that are causing your problem.
Fix your diet. The things that are common and easy to remove are spicy foods, citrus foods, tomato-based foods, and fried foods. Simple.
Get rid of possible food allergens for a short period of time, like two weeks. Gluten and dairy are the most common ones.
Try to get rid of the triggers for a few weeks, like alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, all of which trigger reflux. Not forever, but try it for a little while, and see if it’s causing your problem.
Change your lifestyle. For example, don’t eat three hours before bed. Give yourself a chance to digest your food.
Deal with stress before you eat. Try a very simple technique that I call “Take Five.” Take five breaths before each meal. Count in to the count of five, out to the count of five, and breathe deeply. You’ll notice a huge relaxation in your nervous system, and you’ll digest your food better.
Try specific supplements to help. Try probiotics, like Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria. Also, you can use digestive enzymes that help break down the food. Also, magnesium is a very powerful relaxation mineral for the digestive system that helps prevent reflux.
For chronic conditions, check out our recs for GERD here: