Found something that increases my GERD, but unsure why.

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   Posted 9/26/2013 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
I was told numerous times to stay away from carbonated beverages, especially soda (pop), so I tried an experiment.
I recently took a 1 liter bottle of Dr. Brown's Cream Soda (USA) - no caffine and shook the heck out of it until no carbonation remained. I figured I would get the taste without the bubbles and not have any reflux. I was wrong.
To my surprise, there wasn't a difference - something else must be precipitating the reflux. I then went with a glass of seltzer (plain carbonated water) with even less of an issue.
Any thoughts?
GM :)

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   Posted 9/26/2013 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
My guess is the citric acid...

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   Posted 9/26/2013 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Soda is really acidic. I would say that its not caffeine or carbonation which causes reflux, but acid instead. Coca-cola is something like 2.52 PH with root beer being around 4.24

The PH of normal gastric acid is anywhere from 1.5-3.5, so Soda is really acidic!

That is probably why plain seltzer water caused less of an issue.

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   Posted 10/7/2013 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Is that why everyone keeps talking about alkaline water?

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   Posted 10/8/2013 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
A lot of alkaline water I think is a gimmick, Most spring waters are naturally alkaline, so it tap water, if it wasnt, the acid in it would corrode the pipes that bring it to you.

I would occasionally put the tiniest pinch of baking soda in my water when my heart burn was bad and sip on that. I noticed no difference between that and the expensive marketed Alkaline water at the gourmet grocer.

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   Posted 10/8/2013 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Any soda is acidic. Alkaline water has helped me. I found Iceland Spring that is 8.88 PH and 1.5 liters is $1.99. I am able to find it at my local grocery store. There is also another alkaline brand that is $1.69 for 1.5 liters. Baking soda probably works but I am watching my salt intake.
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough) ; Gluten free since 2012; low lactose since 2012

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   Posted 10/17/2013 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
What store are you getting your Iceland Spring Water? I am paying $2.69 for Iceland a liter. It is costing me a small fortune.
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