Having Strange Taste in Back of Throat

Posted by Christine (Cleveland, OH) on 11/28/2006

Hello - I have been having a strange taste in the back of my throat and sometimes tongue - my GP says it is acid reflux but I do not want to take prescription meds. (have never had a problem before with heartburn or other digestive issues.) I am 3 months postpartum, breastfeeding, and having some anxiety issues as well. Will the baking soda remedy (1/2 tsp, twice a day fore 2 weeks) be the only action necessary? I am generally a very healthy, 34 year old, who exercises regularly. Your help is so greatly appreciated.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Dear Christine: Just baking soda alone will not work as well.

Having an acid reflux is a side effect of something deeper going inside your body's complex chemistry.

For example eating too fast, getting too stuffed, eating too much of an oily food, for example can also contribute to acid reflux.

Sometimes having too much acid or too little acid in the stomach is a problem. Sometimes it is not having much bicarbonates in the intestines create problem.

In low stomach acid, this can also create acid reflux by fermentation in the stomach, this happens more often than people realize. Fermentation can be reduced after you eat food, you immediately add to the food before you finished spices of thyme, clove, or oregano. Then followed by some non sugared, apple cider vinegar, apple juice, grape juice, or pomegranate juice. In China, they take strong tea after every meal. In Italy they take baking soda. In one peculiar one, taking B6 (pyridoxine HCl) right after meal can also increase stomach acid.

In Bangkok at least, all the cases of acid reflux I have experienced were a very mild case of anorexia which was bought to a complete stop with one single dose either one or more of the following: magnesium chloride, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B complex, and of course fresh frozen royal jelly.

Toxic buildup in the stomach can also cause acid reflux and for me taking peppermint oil mixed in water can reduce some toxicity.

In case of parasites, such as helicobacter pylori, streptococcus aureus, etc. that might be present can also caused it, bought about from hospital reinfection, endoscopy, food contamination etc. In these unique case, you may have to change the way you cook your food. Simply switch to either using sunflower oil and/or coconut oil, since they can kill these organisms. The active components that kill these organisms are monolaurin (lauric acid) found in coconut oil, and oleic acid and linoleic acid found in sunflower oil seems to help. I would much prefer that vegetable oils in general (except for coconut oil as it can withstand higher heat better) be cooked using lower temperatures, but enough to kill the bacteria.