I am always researching GERD, even though I cured it many years ago (my article is here). I met Vonda, who told me how she cured herself with Himalayan Salt. I find her story fascinating! I hope you find this useful, I wish I could try it on myself but my reflux is already gone! So, I would love to hear your experiences in the comment section.
Vonda Greek Smith is well known for her natural healing from fibromyalgia, lupus, migraines, chronic depression, chronic fatigue, Essure toxicity, HCG toxicity, obesity & GERD. After five years of living with illness so severe, she was bedridden with no help from the medical field to cure her and she has since brought her body back into balance using her own tireless research. After narrowing down the core key supplements which brought her body back to health, she now speaks to groups on the the ketogenic diet and the protocols she healed herself with. She believes healing from chronic disease should be “not easy, but SIMPLE”, and is happy to now work to help other people back to health as well. You can find her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vondaandrussellsmith and also on her soon coming blog (address to be posted).
MY HIMALAYAN SALT “CURE” FOR GERD
by Vonda Greek Smith
I suffered for 30+ years with such severe heartburn/GERD, it nearly landed me in the ER on numerous occasions. I strongly disagree with ALL natural remedies now, EXCEPT for the Himalayan salt I’ll describe for you now. I especially disagree with taking HCL, because you’re only replacing the acids and what all your body should be doing on its own (creating its own HCL naturally) without getting to the deeper root of the issue of an unhealthy gut. I have tried all of the remedies known to mankind and then some, for long periods of time and have experienced relief short term with some of them, but it always eventually came back and I constantly had to be careful of what foods I ate.
I finally found a study about how mineral salt (82 minerals, to be exact!) encouraged the natural production of stomach acids and very quickly brought it all back into balance. If you Google Himalayan or mineral salt and heartburn, all kinds of articles will come up on it. I don’t currently have the original research I based this on.
What I did:
I started with 1g (1/4 tsp) of the rock style salts (the kind we buy as refills for our pink-salt grinders) because they were easiest for me to swallow all at once, as well as convenient for me to carry with me in a Ziplock baggie, either in my purse, my car, or folded up in my jeans pocket. (I have a terrible aversion to drinking salt water and just couldn’t do it long term.) In the early days, I stopped all antacids cold turkey and for immediate, temporary relief, I used 1/2-1 tsp baking soda in 1/2-1 C. of water, but that was only a handful of times and I realized that wasn’t getting to the root cause either – however, we DO need some sort of relief early on and that was my personal choice. Off of all my antacid meds, it would offer me immediate relief, although temporary. Then I learned about the salt, so I switched over to taking 1g upon every single exacerbation, which was a LOT in the beginning. It doesn’t matter if you take it with food or without – it can be taken any time. In the first few days of this treatment, my GERD was so severe, I was consuming upwards to 12-13 grams of salt everyday (which will by no means harm you – only refined/table salt will do that), but no fail, it would always relieve it within seconds of taking the 1g. Then after around day 3, I noticed I was requiring the 1g salt less and less, so I only ended up taking 7-8g, then a few days later only 3-4g, until I never needed it again.
I don’t care what anyone says – it has NOTHING to do with what foods you eat, per se, and everything to do with setting your body up to create its own acids with a proper balance. We should be able to eat everything our Creator has given us (and no, NOT things man has processed and “created”). To this day, the only thing that triggers it to start up again is if I (rarely) indulge in a drink of vodka and I believe that’s because it upsets the lining of the gut again and “throws it all off” (for the lack of better words). On day 3 of this protocol, I slept all night long for the first time in 30 years without being woken from my sleep, mind you, on zero over the counter or prescription medication (miracle of ALL miracles! ). There are many days I completely forget to take my mineral salt and it never crops back up. I couldn’t say that back in the days of all the other natural remedies I was using. I try to tell everyone I can, because it was a very “sciency” guy in another private health group who reached out to me with the info and that changed the course of my entire life for the better – thank God just ONE person knew this answer – that’s all it took. Salt is definitely not the group consensus tho… yet!
Anyone who has suffered with this malady KNOWS how utterly grateful I am and I’m not at all over-exaggerating about the relief and freedom I’ve found. I’ve spent many sleepless days and nights in wretched pain and now, a year later, I do NOT live with constant or even occasional GERD any longer. I don’t live with having to watch what foods I eat either. But I AM prepared if I decide to have a drink now. It takes days to get my gut healed if I do, so I don’t mess with it very often – it’s just not worth it to me and truth be told, that’s only happened once in the past year.
So with all that said, rarely do I take any more than 1/2-1 tsp salt (that amount factored into my normal preference for salt on my food), just because I love it and more so, probably because my body NEEDS it and I’ve finally learned to “listen” to it, not solely because I have GERD anymore. Good luck and if you try it, let me know how well it works for you. Hey, what can it hurt, right? It’s just mineral salt and who of us isn’t deficient in minerals from our past pathetic (SAD) diets already? Remember, these critical levels take lots of time to build back up, so be intentional about it in the beginning and “LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE”. I’m excited to hear about your healing! A healthy gut = a healthy immune system and isn’t that really what we ALL are striving for?