Audio interview on how to cure heartburn and GERD without drugs

May 5, 2010 in GERD | View Comments

radio microphoneI was interviewed last week on Joanne Unleashed about the recent series of articles I wrote on heartburn and GERD. We cover the following subjects:

  • Why acids leave the stomach and enter the esophagus
  • The harmful effects of taking antacids and acid stopping drugs
  • How antacids perpetuate heartburn and actually make it worse over time
  • The role of stomach acid in digestion
  • The bacterial component in acid reflux
  • Why you get gas and belch
  • Which nutritional deficiencies are common with acid reflux
  • The association between acid reflux and IBS, Crohn’s, and other intestinal diseases
  • Which inexpensive supplement will help reduce indigestion
  • Which foods cause heartburn
  • Which foods you should eat to heal the gut

Click here to listen to the MP3 file, or right-click to download it.

  • Ian

    I’ve been trying out your recommendations for GERD for about a month now and they’ve been relatively successful (although I’m still struggling with it a little bit).  Hopefully it’ll be 100% soon.  Do you have any recommendations for joint health?

  • Christian W

    That’s a great interview. I enjoyed it a lot.

  • Chris Kresser


    Check out this post by Art Ayers at Cooling Inflammation.  Follow his suggestions and I’d be very surprised if your joint pain doesn’t diminish significantly.


    Thanks for your feedback.  I’m hoping to do more of that kind of thing.

  • Jeanne

    Nice to hear your voice!  Two questions that came up while I was listening to this:  What do you think of sourdough in that it is fermented, low-glycemic?   And, I may have heard wrong, but did you say it’s okay to drink water with meals? Your final article on GERD says to avoid liquids with meals to not dilute stomach acid. Could you clarify that for me?

  • Chris Kresser

    Hi Jeanne,

    Glad you enjoyed the interview. I’ll be doing more of that kind of thing in the future.

    Sourdough rye seems to work for many people who can’t otherwise tolerate gluten. My advice would be to let your body be your guide. If you have no reaction after eating it, it’s probably fine.

    I don’t recommend drinking liquid during meals, with the exception of soup broth or small amounts of red wine.

  • reetie

    Regarding DGL~
    Most of the DGL chewables I have found, that slowly dissolve in your mouth, contain artificial sweetners such as sorbitol & fructose.  You said to use DGL, which I do.
    Do you have any sources that do not contain artificial sweetners?  I did have had one source that tasted great and contained (unspecified) fruit sugar…again sugar.
    Thanks in advance for your reply & thank you too for all the work you do!

  • Chris Kresser

    Pure Encapsulations makes a product with no sweeteners. They’re one of my favorite supplement companies, because they don’t use fillers of any kind. Here’s a link to it on Amazon. Pure’s products are expensive, but worth it if you appreciate the quality. You may be able to shop around for a better price – I just linked to the first one that came up.

  • Elie

    The audio link is broken. Where can I access it.

  • Chris Kresser

    It seems the interviewer is now requiring registration to her site to listen to any of her programs. Follow the link just above the audio player to register.

  • Rhonda

    I read with interest the first five parts of your comments on GERD. I’m trying to find the final part (how to feel better without proton pump inhibitors) but all I can find is this audio link which I can’t access because I can’t register with Unleashed. Did you put the final chapter in writing? Where is it? Thank you.

  • Fred Hahn

    Chris – the podcast does not seem to be working. I’d love to hear it.

  • Chris Kresser

    Fred: unfortunately you have to visit Joanne’s site and register to listen to it. It’s her show, so I don’t have access to it. Joanne Unleashed

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