I have a client who suffers from gastroesophageal reflux. She is on medication (antacids) for this problem but sees little result. She suffers hoarseness, extreme burning sensations and bloat and has lost interest in food to a great degree. Has metabolic typing shown any marked improvement in this specific complaint? She has been warned off large, high fat meals (but this may conflict with her type). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Gastroesophageal reflux (GSR), commonly treated with antacids, is sadly seldom due to hyperacidity. In my clinical practice, I've only seen a handful of cases with true hyperacidity, which can be confirmed with a Heidelberg capsule test. This test measures stomach pH and informs the physician of the actual functional status of the stomach. A simple at home test I've found very useful to determine the functional capacity of the stomach to produce acid is to simply squeeze half a lemon into a cup and drink a third at the beginning, another third in the middle and the final third of the lemon juice toward the end of the meal. If this aids digestion and reduces GSR symptoms, it indicates hypo-acidity, which is very common today. If this helps, going to a good naturopathic physician or a good health food store to acquire a broad spectrum digestive enzyme with hydrochloric acid (HCL) (some also include Ox bile, which is helpful) and following the naturopathic physician's dose advice will probably end the problem!
In addition, if your client is constipated, GSR is unlikely to be alleviated until the constipation is addressed. It is common for the body to get backed up from anus to stomach, and the food literally piles up, making it very challenging to digest. I've seen this a number of times as well. Any CHEK HLC Practitioner can assist your client in normalizing bowel rhythm and function. The client should start by drinking half her body weight in ounces of water or take her weight in Kgs and multiply it by .033 to get liters of water for daily consumption. Other helpful tips are:
- Follow a four day rotation diet. If you don't have access to one, you can find one in my book How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy!, complete with instructions on how to use it.
- Metabolic typing will help normalize pH in several body compartments as well, not to mention encouraging variety in one's diet.
- Choosing one or more forms of chi cultivation exercise and adopting a daily practice can go a LONG way to aiding in normalizing organ system functions, particularly since stress is a major cause of GSR and all related gastrointestinal dysfunctions.
I hope you find this information useful.