Yep, the Water Cure
didn't cure my problem with acid reflux either. So I went back to my tried-and-true Ayurvedic medicine practices and cured it right up.
First thing I did was a series of liver flushes. Big major help! At the same time I did colon cleansing - so the liver had less gunk to filter out - and ate a very simple, clean diet just right for my body type. I also practiced many of the things I've learned thru Ayurvedic and elsewhere that increases the power of digestion.
When digestion is weak, it tends to over-react. Taht's why big pharm creates things like Nexium, to kill the stomach acid. but that only kills you slowly, becuase then your foods don't digest, which causes toxins all throughout your body!!! Undigested or poorly digested food is THE cause of degenerative disease! Did you notice yoru tongue getting really coated after you take the antacids? There ya go! Toxins!!!
Here are my notes on how to increase the power of digestion:
These are tips for people who cannot handle a lot of raw veggies, have chronic gas, constipation or even diarrhea or alternating. It helps brain fog, fatigue, bloating, abdominal pain, etc. If you constantly have jagged cracks in your tongue, or lots of toxins coating it each morning, or candida, you need to know this stuff.
To increase the power of digestion, here are some excellent things to do and options. Whatever sounds good to you, give it a try. If something seems strange or not good for you, check the list again in two weeks. If it still seems wrong for you, chances are your intuition is right on.
Only eat as much food as you can hold in both hands in a single meal. This is very important. Never drink cold water with meals, stop drinking fluids 30 minutes before meals and up to 1 hour after. If you must drink, drink herbal tea or plain warm water. The stomach digests best with 1/3 air, 1/3 food, 1/3 gastric juices. Watering down your stomach dilutes the enzymes that digest food.
Try to have at least 4 hours in between meals. Eat regular meals at regular times. Avoid snacking as much as possible. DRink warm tea in between meals, spicy herbal tea - not black - is best.
Try to eat a diet that is 40% veggies, 30% grains and legumes, nuts and seeds, 20% protein from fish and poultry, 10% fruit.
Digestive enzymes are an excellent option, including pancreatic enzymes and HCL betain.
Avoid greasy foods. Eat plain foods and add your own olive oil.
Avoid deepfried and other very dead foods with none of their own live enzymes.
Supplemnt with a super-green food such as Perfect Food and probiotics such as Primal Defense.
Try to use proper food combining techniques. For instance, eat fruit alone as a fruit meal, never with dairy except the occasional cottage cheese or yoghurt. Eat grains alone or with milk substitutes like almond milk or rice milk. Don't combine meats with potatoes - major no-no. Eat your steak with a salad, no bread either! :)
Try eating just a little bit of something pickled and spicy before your main meal, such as Kim Chee (pickled cabbage), or ginger (like what they give with sushi).
Consider eating lots of veggie stews and soups with onion, lentils, garbanzo beans and spices rather than the usual protein surrounded by starch and bread meals. That way the water is reserved with all the goodness of the veggies, and you can add cumin, ginger and paprika and cayenne pepper to make them tastier and better digested.
OR you can steam them easily by putting the cut up veggie in a med pot with a tight lid, 1/4 cup water and 1 tbls olive oil. Put on high heat for 4 minutes then check for crisp-tender. Spice and eat.
Try to eat only 3-4 types of veggies in a single meal, or less. Consider putting them through a blender. All your veggies should be cooked, but the occasional veggie juice is okay. (weak spleen = persistent colds) Broccoli and cabbage and brussel sprouts are often gas-producing.
Only eat beans and lentils if they have been soaked before cooking, or at least slow cooked, and are eaten with carminative spices and not with Sugar
(baked beans have Sugar
Try to eat more spinach, kale, beets, carrots.
You need more bitter, pungent, herbs and veggies to increase Agni (Digestive Fire). Options:
1. Swedish Bitters before each meal.
2. Drink more spicey herbal tea, such as Yogi tea's India Spice, and Fennel.
3. Drink this homemade tonic: 1 cup or so of milk simmered for 10 minutes with 1 stick of cinnamon, 3 cloves, 1/2 inch
ginger root, 1-2 cardamon seeds. As long as the milk is cooked it shouldn't feed candida too much.
Consider eating a mono-diet of nothing but Kichadi (basmati rice and mung bean stew) for one week. Ask for recipe if interested.
Consider a warm Water Fast
for one day, or long enough for tongue to become clean. (several days great for Pitta, only 1 day for Vata types). Can drink veggie broth too.