I wake up frequently with the feeling that I need to clear my throat. ENT doctor says I have acid reflux & I’m up at night trying to clear my throat. What do you recommend?
Acid reflux can indeed cause this need to clear the throat. Some sufferers report a feeling of something “stuck in the throat”. This happens because acid, which is supposed to stay in the stomach, comes back up the food pipe and irritates it. While this could happen for a variety of reasons, the core thing to fix is stomach acid. The higher the quality, the harder the “cap” of the stomach closes and the lesser the chances of the acid sloshing out.
Here are a few quick tips. Half an hour before you eat, have a tall glass of pure water. This will help your buffer the walls of you stomach and let your system secrete strong stomach acid without worrying about damage. Next, eat in peace and chew every mouthful of food completely before swallowing it. This way, a lot of the food, especially the carbs, get mostly digested in the mouth itself, reducing the digestive load on the stomach, reducing how much acid has to be produced in a hurry. Go for a light walk after a meal, this helps settle it. Finally, you can try the dietary supplement called Raft Forming Alginates, made from seaweed, after a meal. This prevents acid fumes from coming back up your food pipe, reducing heartburn. You can look at a full list of supplements that support relief from heartburn here.