Husband Suffering From Acid Reflux

Posted by Myra (PA) on 09/28/2006

Hi Ted, My husband has had acid reflux problem for several years and recently he says he has a cold and dripping feeling in his upper right abdomen and a weird bitter taste in his mouth. He is taking Nexium and Mylanta currently. Could it have something to do with his electrolyte imbalance? Also in summertime he needs tremendous amount of iced tea otherwise he get splitting headaches and would sweat like crazy in the middle of the night. He says he needs the sugar and the caffeine. We tried Gatorade, Pedialyte, honey with salt water but iced tea seems to help the most. We try to help him lose weight but with the amount of sugar in the iced tea, it is hard. Please advise. Thanks!

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Myra: Iced tea is high in tannins and is commonly an antioxidant. My guess is to try taking either ascorbic acid vitamin C or sodium ascorbate, in the amount of 1000 mg./day twice a day. Since I have no way of knowing his urinary pH, my best guess is to try the vitamin c ascorbic acid first, which might resolve the weird bitter taste in his mouth. However, to be on the safe side, it is best taken with half and half, which means ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate taken ltogether. I haven't seen any vitamin C formulations done that way, but I do know that you can buy them separately and taken together. The vitamin C should put his body to antioxidation level, but I have no way of knowing either his urinary sugar, ORP, or pH. However, if this suggestion is right most or all of his headache should be gone the next day.