Re: Been diagnosed with severe acid reflux...
Keep a list of foods you eat that seem to add to your reflux and eliminate them. Those foods are somewhat different for all of us so your list may not be helpful. What bothers me may not bother you.
Try sleeping with your torso elevated or at least on your left side.
Like you I am in good shape but suffer with reflux. Don't drink much alcohol, did have to cut out coffee. I have tried much of the natural cures and nothing really worked , that included DGL tablets, cider vinegar , aloe vera juice.
Been taking the PPI's for 3 months now, I am better but certainly not cured of this. Had a endoscopy done , doc says nothing but mild gastritis found. No hernia. The meds do work mostly but I have to be careful of what I eat and watch for stress triggers.