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Drinking water gives me reflux

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Created July 11, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I'm back with another reflux question! When I drink water, I get reflux. I realize that I probably get reflux from being low acid and that drinking water dilutes my low stomach acid even more. I try not to drink with food and that helps, but I still get reflux during times of no food, just water intake. Can I add something to my water to make it more acidic to prevent this? Suggestions are much appreciated!

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on July 12, 2012
at 04:42 AM

Yes. I can't remember the specifics, but I remember studying this in school and learning that it was a negative feedback mechanism that tells the body to make more acid when you dilute it with water. It is one of the reasons I never bought into the theory that you should not drink water with your meals.

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on July 11, 2012
at 07:11 AM

ohhhh. does it?

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on July 11, 2012
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Yeah, that may be too much for you. I have a friend who had a touch of orthorexia and she came to realize that she was drinking too much water.

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on July 11, 2012
at 01:18 AM

Could be. I've cut back, but I can suck down a couple of my Camelbak bottles on "a trying not to drink much day" (those are about 24 oz each).

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on July 11, 2012
at 01:04 AM

Your diet is making your stomach acidity rise, what do you eat on a regular day?

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03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

on July 11, 2012
at 01:33 AM

No, I don't think water dilutes your stomach acid, it actually promotes your stomach to make more acid.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 11, 2012
at 07:11 AM

ohhhh. does it?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on July 12, 2012
at 04:42 AM

Yes. I can't remember the specifics, but I remember studying this in school and learning that it was a negative feedback mechanism that tells the body to make more acid when you dilute it with water. It is one of the reasons I never bought into the theory that you should not drink water with your meals.

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on July 11, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Apple cider vinigar will help alleviate your symptoms.

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on July 11, 2012
at 01:15 AM

Putting anything in your stomach can give one reflux. Reflux is caused by a range of things, weakened esophegeal (sp?) sphincter, low stomach acid, bacterial infections. I would recommend trying to narrow down the cause before trying to treat it.

Some potential therapies for you to google - apple cider vinegar, d-limonene (orange extract), fodmaps diet, maps/scd diet...

My reflux went away when i limited starches a bit, and cut out fodmaps. Some people also swear by apple cider vinager and also d-limonene. If you want to try making your water more acidic, you could put a little bit of lemon or lime in it.

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on July 11, 2012
at 01:05 AM

If you are drinking out of a water bottle, it will cause you to swallow air, which you'll then need to burp up. Try drinking out of a glass, and touching your top lip to the liquid to avoid slurping in air as you sip.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on July 11, 2012
at 12:37 AM

Curious how much water you are drinking? Too much maybe?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on July 11, 2012
at 07:11 AM

Yeah, that may be too much for you. I have a friend who had a touch of orthorexia and she came to realize that she was drinking too much water.

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on July 11, 2012
at 01:18 AM

Could be. I've cut back, but I can suck down a couple of my Camelbak bottles on "a trying not to drink much day" (those are about 24 oz each).

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