Acid Reflux Detox Plans

Find out how to ease acid reflux symptoms once and for all.

Posted on | By James “Butch” Rosser, Jr., MD FACS
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The Three Acid Reflux Types (3:31)

If you’re tired of living with the discomfort and pain that often goes hand-in-hand with acid reflux, you’re in luck. Dr. James Rosser is leading the revolution against reflux and helping you get the relief you deserve. The beauty of a detox is it allows you to identify the trigger that causes you pain, eliminate it, and replace it with cool/calming ingredients instead. Find your reflux type below and start the journey to better health today. 

Related: The 28-Day Plan to Erase Your Acid Reflux

The Food Trigger Type

Food trigger types notice discomfort when eating acid-promoting foods, which is why it’s so important to neutralize the acid. While it’s nearly impossible to memorize all the foods that promote acid and their associated pH levels, you can replace two meals with alkaline shakes instead. Since alkaline foods are on the opposite end of the spectrum, they will fight the acid and prevent that horrible burning sensation in your throat and chest. You can choose from a green our purple alkaline shake, which include the following ingredients:

Green shake: Use coconut water as a base, then add kale, avocado, mango, and ginger (which happens to be one of the most effective natural treatments for heartburn).

Purple shake: Use coconut milk as a base, then add ½ cup blueberries, a handful of spinach, 1 tablespoon of almond butter and 1 tablespoon of honey (which has a ton of enzymes to support digestion and soothe the lining of your stomach and esophagus). 

Another solution to your acid reflux symptoms is to stop eating three hours before bed. When you lie down, stomach acid tends to shoot up your esophagus, which can lead to insomnia and discomfort. Since food trigger types often love indulging, it’s extra important to give your body a break before you go to sleep.

Related: 25 Alkaline-Promoting Foods

The Speedy Eater Type 

A study has found that eating a meal in five minutes versus 30 minutes caused up to 50% more acid reflux episodes, so it’s extra important to slow down if you tend to eat quickly. Here’s how it works: when we eat, food heads down the esophagus and our stomachs expand to make room for the food. When we eat too quickly though, the stomach doesn’t have a chance to keep up with the food and expand properly. So instead, it causes a pressure build up and it pushes on the esophageal sphincter, causing acid to splash up into the esophagus. 

If you’re not accustomed to eating slower and you’re used to being in a rush, just take baby steps: start by adding five extra minutes to your meal time each week, tacking on additional minutes gradually. Not only will you notice your acid reflux symptoms going away, you will also feel fuller longer, since slower eating allows your stomach to send signals to the brain that indicate satiety. 

Related: Why You Should Always Practice Mindful Eating

The Caffeine Trigger Type

If you feel the burn after drinking coffee or soda, this plan is for you. While a two-week detox is recommended, Dr. Rosser warns you shouldn’t go cold turkey because you’ll just be trading in your acid reflux for a migraine from the lack of caffeine. Instead, try cutting down on your coffee and soda consumption, drinking 50% less than you normally do for a few days in a row, until you’re completely off the caffeine.

To replace the energy surge you normally get from these beverages, you can try a shake instead. Add bananas, which provide a quick and sustainable energy boost and aloe vera juice which soothes the burn in your chest and provides vitamins and minerals that give you a natural pep in your step. Lastly, add almond milk and dates to make the beverage more palatable and tasty. 

Once the two weeks are over, you can add caffeine back into your life, just make sure to go about it the right way. After you drink a cup of coffee or finish off your favorite soda, chase it with an alkaline-rich drink like coconut water to avoid the unwelcomed heartburn symptoms.

Related: The 7-Day Caffeine Detox

Article written by James “Butch” Rosser, Jr., MD FACS
Dr. Rosser is the Director of the Center for Advanced Treatment of Heartburn at Grant Regional Health Center.