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. Most of these techniques have been backed by medical studies which is great confirmation that they work.
Below I will cover the important elements that made the biggest difference for me and other things I also did that helped me.
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. But 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 in the cells in your throat etc. 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 symptoms.
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 with.
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.
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.
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 big 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.
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!
Finally if you have any more questions or concerns consider a private acid reflux consultation here.
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.