Medication from doctors such as antacids didn’t work, and none of the remedies found online worked either. I tried almost everything from using aloe vera, mastic gum, flaxseed, to fucoidan, probiotics, and whatnot, but they all didn’t work for me… except this one thing.
Sometime mid last year, the doctor, a cardiologist, said I had heartburn or acid reflux after I reported a severe burning pain in the chest. It was difficult to breathe, and I thought I was having a heart attack. The experience and the suffering following that incident for the next six months was nothing less than excruciatingly horrible.
Medication from doctors such as antacids didn’t work, and none of the remedies found online worked either. I tried almost everything from using aloe vera, mastic gum, flaxseed, to fucoidan, probiotics, and whatnot, but they all didn’t work for me.
Six months later, from the endless suffering caused by the heartburn & gastric pain, I finally found something that really worked for me and helped speed up my recovery… and it wasn’t even expensive. And the best part is, I’ve stopped taking it just after about a month of using it, right up to till today because I no longer needed it. I AM OFFICIALLY CURED! 🙂 Hope it will help you too if nothing else worked for you as it did for me.
Long story short, besides making some lifestyle & dietary changes which I will talk about a little more at the end of this story, my cure begin when I started taking Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL) herbal root extract in its chewable tablet form specifically produced by Natural Factors (use these DGL links I’ve provided to enjoy a discount).
I chose Natural Factors among the rest of the DGL supplement brands out there based on the most positive reviews and successful results shared by so many other users on iHerb. iHerb is also where I’d recommend you to get it from because you’ll be able to purchase it at the most affordable price compared to what is being offered on other websites.
Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL)
- Dietary Supplement
- Protects Stomach Lining & Intestinal Wall
- Suitable for Vegans/Vegetarians
- Purity & Potency Guaranteed
Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL) is a safe and effective licorice extract. It is specially processed to have glycyrrhizin removed to avoid potential side effects such as elevated blood pressure. DGL supports the integrity of the natural mucus lining of the stomach and intestinal wall. It stimulates the protective factors which guard against weaknesses in these linings.
Isura Certified (lab tested – clean & safe):
Non-GMO: Documentation ✔
Mass Spec: Lab Tested ✔
Chew 1 tablet 1-3 times per day 20 minutes before each meal or as directed by a health professional.
My initial personal use was to take 1 tablet 20 minutes before each meal and again 20 minutes after each meal when I was suffering a lot in the beginning. A week later, I just had to take it before meals as suggested by Natural Factors. I also took one or two when there was discomfort before sleep. That was my own personal experience of how I used it before I recovered. It may work differently for you.
If you’re having high blood pressure, do monitor if it goes up after taking DGL. At times, it could be a coincidence. It won’t be fair to blame DGL if you had or going to have foods with high sodium or having an anxiety attack, for example.
Just keep an eye anyway to be safe and don’t overdose it. Also, speak to your doctor if you’re under other medications that may interact with DGL, which very unlikely to occur, but better be safe than sorry.
Xylitol, microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, silica, magnesium stearate (vegetable grade).
Some ingredients above may be synthetic. I did look everywhere for fully natural ones, but unfortunately, this is the closest I could find. It’s still better than any drugs I know, and you’ll probably be going to need it only for short term use to get rid of your heartburn/acid reflux and/or gastric.
Contains no artificial colors, preservatives, or sweeteners; no dairy, starch, sugar, wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, animal products, salt, tree nuts, or GMOs.
Manufactured by Natural Factors to ensure safety and potency in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) of the FDA and Health Canada.
As with any supplement, consult your health professional before use if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive, or if you are taking medication, have a medical condition, or anticipate surgery. Keep out of reach of children.
Sealed for your protection. Do not use if the seal is broken. For freshness, store in a cool, dry place.
Lifestyle & Dietary Changes
Now, bear in mind that no matter how the Darn Good Licorice (DGL) is, it’s still not some magic pill that’s going to keep acid reflux away if you refuse to make some necessary lifestyle and dietary changes.
From the months of researching through the numerous medical articles, and videos watched in search for a cure, I’ve simplified them all as below in a way that it worked for me in reducing my suffering until I was completely cured in the fastest time possible.
- Steel cut or rolled oatmeal with a banana & flaxseed + glass of water or oat milk
- Whole-foods, plant-based diet only, or,
- Parboiled white rice or red/brown rice
- Vegetable soup
- No oil (not even olive oil or any form of oil for that matter) and no meat of any kind as well
- Fruits (alkaline-based) only
- Spicy food
- Oily food/fried food
- Irregular eating habits
- Eating at odd times
- Get enough sleep
- Lose excessive fat weight
- Walking exercise at moderate speed (5 times a week + 30 minutes each day)
- Whole food plant-based diet + Himalayan rock salt (no processed mock meat)
- Vitamin D from sunlight at safe hours or Vitamin D3 K2 supplementation (be sure to do a blood test first to see if you’re deficient before taking it – but most people are)
Well, that’s it! That’s how I did it, all thanks to Dr. Michael T. Murray, ND for DGL and of course, from following the advice from other nutrition specialist and doctors to adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle.
If, at all, none of the above works for you after a month, then you may still have to see a gastroenterologist specialist doctor and check if you have Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori) bacteria infection or other reasons that’s causing the problem.
However, if you do get cured, it doesn’t mean you can go back to eating and living your life the way it caused your acid reflux/heartburn/gastric or the bacterial infection in the first place. Don’t try to eat/drink whatever and rely on DGL to neutralize the acid effects, either. Taking any form of medication or supplementation for too long may cause other problems later on. So you really want to get out of this as soon as possible.
Sure, go ahead with having your favorite cheat meals once in a while, may be one or a couple of times a week, but keep doing your best to minimize/avoid those kinds of unhealthy food and lifestyle as much as you can.
Good luck and wish you all the best. 👍🏻Follow Life is like a camera… on WordPress.com