Bad taste could be due to acid reflux, bacterial overgrowth or other issues. Have you ever tried an elimination diet or food allergy testing?
Nevertheless, the phenomenon of acid rebound is theoretically harmful. In practice, therefore, calcium-containing antacids such as Tums and Rolaids are not recommended for frequent use. The occasional use of these calcium carbonate-containing antacids, however, is not believed to be harmful.
The approach depends primarily on the frequency and severity of symptoms, the adequacy of the response to treatment, and the presence of complications. Transient LES relaxations appear to be the most common way in which acid reflux occurs. Although there is an available drug that prevents relaxations (baclofen), it has side effects that are too frequent to be generally useful. Much attention is being directed at the development of drugs that prevent these relaxations without accompanying side effects.
Chewing gum stimulates saliva production and swallowing. This might help dilute and clear stomach acid from your esophagus.
Also, the pressure generated by the contractions may be too weak to push the acid back into the stomach. Such abnormalities of contraction, which reduce the clearance of acid from the esophagus, are found frequently in patients with GERD.
Furthermore, the carbohydrates allowed on the low-carb diet were formulated to include half complex carbs and half â€œsimpleâ€ (refined) carbs; if simple carbohydrates had been removed entirely, it is possible that greater improvements in GERD symptoms might have been observed. Total dietary carbohydrate intake, refined sugar intake, glycemic load, and HOMA-IR (a measure of insulin resistance) were associated with GERD, but only in Caucasian women. A high-fat, low-carb diet benefited all women with GERD (both Caucasian and African-American), significantly reducing GERD symptoms and the frequency of acid-suppressing medication use.
Some reflux is totally normal and harmless, usually causing no symptoms. But when it happens too often, it burns the inside of the esophagus.
Nevertheless, it is not clear whether obtaining additional information is important. pH testing also can be used to help evaluate whether reflux is the cause of symptoms (usually heartburn). To make this evaluation, while the 24-hour ph testing is being done, patients record each time they have symptoms. Then, when the test is being analyzed, it can be determined whether or not acid reflux occurred at the time of the symptoms.
Licorice root is another folk remedy thatâ€™s been used to treat heartburn. Itâ€™s believed that it might help increase the mucous coating of your esophageal lining, which may protect your esophagus from damage caused by stomach acid. I would aim for a whole foods diet that does not have a lot of spicy foods, tomato products or other GERD trigger foods (see above). Also, trying to eat frequent small meals also helps.