How I Cured My Silent Reflux

how I cured my silent reflux

I often get the questions like how did I cure my silent reflux, or can silent reflux be cured? The answer to that question is I and many others have been cured or at least seen great improvement following certain advice which I will cover below.

When it comes to silent reflux (LPR) there are a host of reasons how you can get it in the first place. This means for some people one treatment strategy will work wonders whereas for others the same technique will not work at all.

I have personally tried and tested a host of different things to help myself including diet plans, countless medications, a selection of different supplements, sleeping on a wedge pillow to name a few.

Only a few things made a difference for actually making me feel better and these same techniques work for most people for curing or at least greatly improving their silent reflux.

Below I will cover the important elements that made the biggest difference for me and other things I also did that helped me.

Diet

In my personal experience and many others when it comes to curing LPR naturally an alkaline diet for silent reflux is the best option. While it may not be what everyone wants to hear, diet changes are the most important element to helping stop LPR and allowing for it to heal properly. There are studies which back up this statement and explain how it can help. Though let me explain it briefly so you can understand the logic behind it as well.

When someone with LPR refluxes a digestive enzyme called pepsin from the stomach refluxes up into the throat, mouth, sinuses etc. This enzyme is used to digest proteins in the stomach, so when it enters the throat etc it causes irritation and inflammation.

Why this is relevant to diet is because of how the diet can affect it. As most people know if you are eating more acidic foods and drinks this can trigger acid reflux in the stomach due to the higher acidity which is true for all kinds of acid reflux including LPR & GERD.

So eating lower acidity foods and drinks obviously directly helps with that. For LPR you also have another important thing to consider – the pepsin. The reason the pepsin effect is important is because when it enters the throat it can lays dormant even after the acid reflux has stopped. And because pepsin is activated more with a higher acidity level this means if you eat something more acidic and it passes over the throat and reactivates the dormant pepsin this means you get irritation and your symptoms will be worsened – this is what causes LPR.

The important thing to know about pepsin is that it isn’t activated as much when the acidity level (pH level) is lower generally speaking. You can see on the graph below how much it is activated depending on the food/drink acidity level (pH) it comes in contact.

pepsin - pH levels

This means if you avoid food and drinks below a pH of 5 the pepsin reactivates much less, and this means your throat etc will be much less affected and be allowed to heal over time.

This is the general rule when following a low acid diet for LPR though of course there are lots of elements to consider alongside that. Though that is the most important starting point. When you are starting it’s best to avoid the obvious trigger foods which I cover in this article – LPR – Foods to Avoid.

Following that you can get more information on starting a diet here – LPR Diet.

Also I personally created my own detailed diet plan for people with silent reflux, you can check it out here – Wipeout Diet Plan. There are many LPR success stories for people who have followed my diet which you can read here.

Medication

When it comes to medication it is common for doctors to prescribe people with tablets like PPIs to counter and prevent silent reflux. While this may help certain people short term for most people the effect is not lasting. This has been backed up in studies showing that PPIs are no better than placebo for treating LPR. You can read more about the silent reflux treatment here and why these kinds of tablets don’t work.

The best medication for helping to stop and treat LPR is Gaviscon Advance the UK version. Unlike the PPIs this medication has been shown in studies to greatly lower silent reflux symptoms. The important thing worth noting here is the ingredient which is the most important factor which is called sodium alginate.

This alginate creates a barrier like affect on top of the stomach contents which greatly helps prevent acid and pepsin from refluxing up and into your throat.

Sometimes getting access to the UK version of the Gaviscon Advance can be difficult especially if you are not located in the UK. My advice regarding this is to look for other Gaviscon options in your own country which have the important ingredient sodium alginate. For 2 teaspoons worth you should be looking for at least 250mg of sodium alginate though more would be preferable. As a reference the UK version of Gaviscon Advance has 1000mg of alginate per 2 teaspoons.

Keep in mind that each country can have a different make up of ingredients so I cannot simply recommend one option that works for everyone. You must look at the label and check it for yourself. Keep in mind it does not have to be Gaviscon, any other brand which has the same effect could also have that ingredient included. For more information on Gaviscon check out my article here.

Meal Portions

Sometimes a thing that is often overlooked when trying to help treat and cure silent reflux is portion sizing. When I say this, I mean not eating too big of a portion in one sitting.

The logic behind this is when the stomach is overloaded with too much food this puts the stomach under more pressure.

Because of this increased pressure it increases the likelihood of the value above the stomach called the lower esophagael sphincter (LES) to open and release which in turn leads to acid reflux. You can read more about the stomach sphincters role in LPR here.

Sometimes for certain people simply making their portions smaller can make a massive difference. To give you an idea of the right portion size simply put your hand into a fist. The size of your fist should be about the right size. Keep in mind this doesn’t mean you have to eat less in a day but instead of fewer big meals try more frequent smaller meals and snacks instead.

Easing Symptoms

When you are working towards healing and curing yourself you will likely want and need some aid to allow you to ease your symptoms and heal faster. I personally have tried a host of things like medications, throat spray, lozenges though mostly they tended to make things worse than better.

Though there was one exception and that was a simple one – tea! Not any kind of tea though. The tea options I recommend are chamomile and marshmallow root.

Both are incredibly soothing and anti-inflammatory which will help ease your throat and your whole digestive tract. So, while they will ease your symptoms, they should also lessen your acid reflux symptoms and effects too!

Here are the ones I personally like – chamomile tea & marshmallow root tea.

Also for advice on what to drink check out this article – What Can You Drink When You Have Acid Reflux? Also for more natural remedies check out this article – LPR Natural Remedies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does LPR Ever Go Away?

Yes, LPR can go away and be cured. For lots of people who follow the correct treatment path even if it doesn’t completely go away symptoms should be greatly improved.

How Do You Treat Silent Reflux Naturally?

The best way to treat silent reflux naturally is through a low acid diet. Along with some lifestyle changes like not eating portions that are too big for example.

How Long Does LPR Take to Heal?

There is no one answer fits all for this question. Though generally for most people it could take a few weeks up to 1 year. Though for most people they are on the shorter end of that scale.

How Do You Heal LPR Quickly?

The best 2 things to get started with are a low acid diet and taking Gaviscon Advance which has the important ingredient – sodium alginate.


14 thoughts on “How I Cured My Silent Reflux”

  1. Avatar for Ramadevi

    Hi David,
    I am suffering from both burping issues & Sinusitis (sinus infection) since 2 months. ENT has ordered CT scan & found out my sinus infection just a week ago.
    But my main problem is severe burping & mucus in throat. Now i have an irritated throat, making it hard for me to even burp. Till now my Nexium did help me. Now my situation is worse. Due to this irritation in my throat, it is causing me difficulty to breathe some times.

    I am on antibiotics for my sinus infection. not sure, if my LPR will go away once my sinus infection goes away. I follow very good healthy food diet, almost 0 processed food with more of foods. Only thing is I eat very less in the evenings, which might have caused my reflux (just gas or gurgurling in my stomach).

    Can you suggest me something for my irritated throat. is there any over the counter medication. Please help me with the situation.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      Hi Ramadevi,
      To help the throat, of course diet is important as you seem to know. Stopping the acid with diet and things like gaviscon advance after eating is important. For relief you can get alkaline water (250ml) and mix with baking soda (half a teaspoon) and put it into a nasal spray bottle. Then after eating spray the throat this will deactivate the pepsin in the throat which should help ease symptoms.

  2. Avatar for Ken R

    Hello,

    Bought your manual for an LPR diet. Hope it does me well. I’ve also begun to take Gaviscon Advanced—tablets till liquid arrives. To effectively use GA, I take the stuff 15-30 mins following a meal, and am good for 3-4 hrs. Am I not to have anything (snacks, water) for next 3-4 hrs lest I break up the barrier? Another question re belching, having read what you say about it, does gas always carry up pepsin from stomach? I’ve become quite weary of any burp at all. Does Gaviscon keep burps from carrying up pepsin?

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      Hi Ken,
      Ideally for 1 hour after takin the Gaviscon it would be better to not take any liquid or food as it would break the barrier as you mentioned. I think 1 hour is fine, because after that it just isn’t practical for most people and the benefit of the gaviscon would have lowering returns as time goes on anyway. Yes it almost is always gaseous reflux that brings up the pepsin. The gaviscon should help with preventing the pepsin from coming up though its not a perfect fix.

  3. Avatar for Ali Virk

    Dear David
    Tell me About multi vitamins which are compulsory in Lpr and how to take them.in which quantity..i am following your instructions very much you are my teacher.At present i am taking only 20 mg omeprazol in morning 30 mints before food and following alkaline diet i m feeling better but soon i will quit taking Omeprazol.I am from Pakistan.Kindly guide me ..Thank you

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      Hi Ali,
      You really shouldn’t need any multi-vitamins, in fact I actually think it’s better without as some of them can irritate certain people. I think keep on the diet and look to taper off the PPI’s slowly in your case.

  4. Avatar for Ali Virk

    Hi David
    I want to ask that how to stop a bitter fluid coming up in mouth during night sleep?..me sleeping on a high pillow but the fluid is still coming in night sleep..plz help

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      I think don’t eat soon before bed, ideally 3-4 hours at least. It’s also a good idea to not drink too much within 1 hour before bed, try to only drink a little water during that time. It may also be a good idea to take a medicine like gaviscon advance before bedtime or reflux gourmet if you can access it.

  5. Avatar for Greta

    Hi David

    Are you healed Now? Could you resume your normal Lifestyle? For Howe Long i ha e to take gaviscon?

    This came out of the Blue for me.

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      Hi Greta,
      I am about 80% improved. Not perfect but much better. I can eat things that I couldn’t have before yes. Though I try to stick to the similar diet I recommend most of the time, with occasional treats without downside. It’s hard to say how long you may need to take it, some people can take it just for 1 month others may need to take it longer term to help keep symptoms away.

  6. Avatar for David,s Student
    David,s Student

    Dear David Sir,
    Please write about Your present condition and symptoms after following the strict Diet.
    Or Are you totally symptoms free these days?
    Are you still feeling A mild pain in your ears or throat tightness ,dry mouth sometimes?
    Are you not Afraid of Developing cancer without having Surgery?

    1. Avatar for David Gray

      I’m about 80% better. While not perfect I’m much better now. Of the things you mentioned I occasionally have dry mouth though not the others.
      I try not to overthink it and do what I can today to keep my symptoms away, that helps keep my mind at peace.

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