For about six years I battled with severe acid reflux, to the point that I can taste the acid on my tongue and I was in a permanent state of nausea. It was horrible, I constantly wanted to throw up, the pills were making it worse and I just didn’t know what to do.
Since I was a kid, I’ve always had a more salt/sour palate, so anything I can mix with salt, vinegar, hot pepper and seasoning for me was game. I was the “Chow Master”. No one could make a better chow than me. My favourite nominees for Chow are mango, cucumber, oranges, pommerack and green plums (not the plums you get in the US, UK & Canada).
In 2009, I was diagnosed with a severe degenerative illness that was damn close to killing me – thank the Goddess for Doxycycline and Elequine. The aftermath though was as bad as death; my immune system was wiped out, I had severe damage to my stomach because of the number of pills on an empty stomach (I could not eat while I was sick) and a myriad of other issues. The worst was the acid reflux.
When I’m sick, I usually have a nasty taste in my mouth that reminds me of rusty iron. I have no idea what it is, but it’s terrible. I just makes me feel ten times worse. Now to get rid of this, I started eating a lot of Chow, or anything with salt and/or vinegar. The easiest thing to stomach was cucumber. And I figured it was better than eating something preserved and high in sodium. Because of my love for vinegar, we had a variety at home; apple cider, red vine, balsamic, salad, garlic wine, etc. I hated taking the acid reflux medication because it meant that one pill caused one side effect and I had to take another for that side effect, and that pill had a side effect…. You get the drift, right? I was up to 6-8 pills a day for my tummy alone. Not to mention other pills I was on for Immune re-building and other complications.
I began to notice a trend; when I ate my cucumber chow, my tummy would settle down and the acid burns would subside. Being the curious person I am, I did some research to find that apple cider vinegar was good for your stomach. I was pretty happy to know that and it became a staple in my recovery and release from the chains of acid reflux.
Given that your tummy can digest the cucumber easily, and it’s a good source of fibre and water, AND the vinegars are good also, I think this, along with other stomach-friendly practices I have, is MY cure for acid reflux. But keep in mind, we are all different, and what works for me, may not for you.
TODAY, I LIVE ACID REFLUX FREE.
- Never leave your stomach empty! This is what starts the build up of acid.
- Always keep your cucumber chow handy! Eat a few pieces every 10 mins or so keeps something in your stomach.
- Don’t eat large, heavy meals. They are more work for your stomach, and it’s possible that it won’t digest it as it should. I eat smaller portions more frequently.
- Be kind to your tummy. Eat foods that it likes – paw paw, yogurt, etc. There are hundreds of stomach healthy foods out there, find them and eat them!
- Try balancing your diet 70-80% alkaline foods and 20-30% acid foods. Here is a link to a acid/alkaline food chart: http://www.acidalkalinediet.com/Alkaline-Foods-Chart.htm
- Drink a lot of water. Flush your tummy out. And it’s good for your kidneys! A good practice that’s helped me is during the day to drink a full glass of water after I urinate.
My Speciality Cucumber Chow Recipe
You will need:
- Fresh garlic (1-2 grains depending on your favour)
- Black pepper
- Red Wine and/or Apple Cider Vinegar
- Green seasoning if desired
Chop your cucumber however you wish, add the salt, black pepper, garlic, and vinegar. Mix.
I love garlic, and a good practice before chopping your garlic is to crush it. Doing this releases the essential oils in the garlic, and I think it makes it easier to chop up.