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    Old 12-20-2014, 03:36 PM   #1
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    Water Softener causing GERD/LPR?

    Has anyone ever linked water from a water softener to acid reflux? Here is my story:

    A couple of years after my hubby and I moved to Florida I was diagnosed with GERD which continued to get worse over the years. And last year I developed a chronic cough and throat clearing--and eventually was diagnosed with LPR (silent reflux). Naturally I was put on a low acid diet and even more medication. Despite all of this the coughing and throat clearing continued. I joked to my husband that even water seemed to make me cough.

    Well, we recently went on a long cruise where we were given an unlimited drink card. Not much good to me since I can't drink coffee and alcohol is on the no-no list (even though I have one now and then). So, I started drinking mineral water--San Pellegrino--which is fizzy. I was drinking over 1-1/2 liters of it a day. Within 3 days all of my coughing and throat clearing disappeared.After a week I decided to see how I reacted to coffee (even decaf coffee at home makes me cough) NO PROBLEM! Even when I had a cappuccino with 3 extra shots of espresso, no coughing or reflux. Okay, so I started have a Manhattan in the evening--again no reflux, coughing.

    Once we got home, the coughing etc returned within one day. By now I was convinced that the San Pellegrino had something to do with relieving my reflux. It has a PH of 8.8 which is very high. And after more research, discovered that softened water is very acidic because all of the minerals have been removed.

    On a whim yesterday I filled up a bunch of water bottles outside at the garden hose bib which is not connected with the softener system. And I've been drinking this water exclusively ever since. My coughing is almost gone and it hasn't even been 24 hours!

    Is it possible that my entire problem with GERD/LPR is due to drinking softened water for the last 20 years? I'd love to hear from others with water softeners.

    CHK in FLA

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