Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I have a bad cough, especially at night when I am lying down. I have been diagnosed with acid reflux, although I do not have heartburn or other pain. I take two antacids before bed, which help. What else can I do to get rid of this cough?
A: Acid reflux will cause these symptoms since it is a pathology involving the esophageal lining getting irritated from stomach acids.
This is what you should do for this condition:
1. You should completely remove caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol, and other stimulating foods from your diet. Stop smoking.
2. Do not eat after 7:00 PM; the last meal should be light and contain more alkaline foods, including greens, grains, and no heavy foods that are difficult to digest.
3. Eat five smaller meals during the day, and avoid the foods that stimulate stomach acids. Also avoid eating when angry, stressed or depressed.
4. You should try not to become dependant on antacids; they suppress the symptoms but will not cure the condition. Chronic untreated GERDS may cause serious illnesses. I recommend you consult a physician to determine the need for medications.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao products helpful for acid reflux: “Internal Cleanse”, “Acid Stomach”, and “High Performance”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.