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Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure is the first book to explain how acid reflux, particularly silent reflux, is related to dietary and lifestyle factors. It also explains how and why the reflux epidemic is related to the use of acid as a food preservative. Dr. Koufman defines the symptoms this shockingly common disease and explains why a change in diet can allev Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure is the first book to explain how acid reflux, particularly silent reflux, is related to dietary and lifestyle factors. It also explains how and why the reflux epidemic is related to the use of acid as a food preservative. Dr. Koufman defines the symptoms this shockingly common disease and explains why a change in diet can alleviate some of the most common symptoms. Dropping Acid offers a dietary cure for acid reflux, as well as lists of the best and worst foods for a reflux sufferer. The book’s recipes use tasty fats as flavorings, not as main ingredients; included are the recipes for tasty dishes that prove living with reflux doesn't mean living without delicious food.


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Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure is the first book to explain how acid reflux, particularly silent reflux, is related to dietary and lifestyle factors. It also explains how and why the reflux epidemic is related to the use of acid as a food preservative. Dr. Koufman defines the symptoms this shockingly common disease and explains why a change in diet can allev Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure is the first book to explain how acid reflux, particularly silent reflux, is related to dietary and lifestyle factors. It also explains how and why the reflux epidemic is related to the use of acid as a food preservative. Dr. Koufman defines the symptoms this shockingly common disease and explains why a change in diet can alleviate some of the most common symptoms. Dropping Acid offers a dietary cure for acid reflux, as well as lists of the best and worst foods for a reflux sufferer. The book’s recipes use tasty fats as flavorings, not as main ingredients; included are the recipes for tasty dishes that prove living with reflux doesn't mean living without delicious food.

30 review for Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meladmin

    Quick read. Interesting theory. But this book needs appendices. It's frustrating because not enough higher pH foods are listed in the charts, so while I tried this and it eased some of my throat symptoms, it's not practical. I've searched for other pH lists, but they all focus on whether foods are acid-forming once digested, not if the foods are acidic themselves. In addition, many foods listed as ok cause me an issue. Salt being the biggest culprit. Also cooked kale and cooked spinach which cau Quick read. Interesting theory. But this book needs appendices. It's frustrating because not enough higher pH foods are listed in the charts, so while I tried this and it eased some of my throat symptoms, it's not practical. I've searched for other pH lists, but they all focus on whether foods are acid-forming once digested, not if the foods are acidic themselves. In addition, many foods listed as ok cause me an issue. Salt being the biggest culprit. Also cooked kale and cooked spinach which caused immediate burning. The food combining theory has great potential to make this approach more practical, but she doesn't explain how you can implement this approach on your own. The pH charts are in a format that doesn't allow easy copying and pasting to make your own lists. Again, frustrating. I'm going to try Dr. Robillard's "fast tract" diet, which I hope will address the underlying issue. I'll continue to keep my food choices low acid as per Koufman's recommendations, but it's really tough because as I mentioned, the food pH list is way too short and I find myself wondering what to eat. Too bad she doesn't put more helpful information on her website as this book seems incomplete, as does her site. In short, I'm grateful to have learned about this approach. My dietary changes resulted in improvement in one symptom. But I'm still having a tough time and am looking into other approaches. I wish the book were more extensive. ETA Update Dec 2015: I tried the Fast Tract diet - it was more difficult than Dropping Acid. Even doing it halfway will make you lose weight quickly - that was an undesired effect for me, but if that's something you would want, then it's more incentive to give it a go. I couldn't stick with that diet at all so it didn't help me. In the end, I still eat with the Dropping Acid lessons in mind and it has helped ease my symptoms dramatically. Adhering to it strictly is nearly impossible, so as long as you keep in mind that it is not an exact science - you must still figure out which foods work/don't work for you, then it can be very helpful. Dr. Koufmann is correct in that you need to be stricter until the inflammation goes down. Then you can slowly reintroduce foods to determine what you need to restrict long-term. Highly recommend. ETA update March 2016: The book Killing Me Softly From Inside by Dr. Aviv is very similar in concepts but addresses all the issues above. Highly recommend that book as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Cover to cover, this is one of the most impressive dietary books I have read. To start, the authors are two ENT doctors, who pair with a French chef to create recipes that will help those suffering from Reflux feel better quickly. The book is much more than a recipe book. In fact, approximately 2/3 of the book contains easy to understand descriptions of how Reflux works, the author's findings through an impressive 25 years of clinical experience, and a comprehensive list of cited research studie Cover to cover, this is one of the most impressive dietary books I have read. To start, the authors are two ENT doctors, who pair with a French chef to create recipes that will help those suffering from Reflux feel better quickly. The book is much more than a recipe book. In fact, approximately 2/3 of the book contains easy to understand descriptions of how Reflux works, the author's findings through an impressive 25 years of clinical experience, and a comprehensive list of cited research studies. My ultimate goal is to completely stop taking PPI's and manage my reflux with diet. Fingers crossed and off to the grocery store.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This is great, because it's a combo cookbook and science book. It gives the ins and outs of reflux and the science behind it. It also give a lot of good recipes and foods that are okay to eat. It is not a "diet" book. Even though the recipes are low-fat and low-acid, it repeatedly tells you that those foods are okay some of the time in moderate quantities, especially once you get your reflux under control. The crux of the book is that our American diet relies too heavily on processed foods. In o This is great, because it's a combo cookbook and science book. It gives the ins and outs of reflux and the science behind it. It also give a lot of good recipes and foods that are okay to eat. It is not a "diet" book. Even though the recipes are low-fat and low-acid, it repeatedly tells you that those foods are okay some of the time in moderate quantities, especially once you get your reflux under control. The crux of the book is that our American diet relies too heavily on processed foods. In order to make foods shelf-stable, they have to increase the acidity. It is recommended that processed foods have a pH of 4.6 or lower. The authors speculate that this is part of the cause of the rise in reflux disease in younger patients and also contributing to the increase in esophageal cancers. The authors are 2 doctors and one chef, so they are taking a potentially bland diet and trying to make it something that is enjoyable. I love that! The only potential problem is that many of the recipes seem a bit involved. One of the main reasons people turn to convenience foods is that they don't feel they have the time to cook. Recipes that are too involved aren't going to help that. The book does give a list of foods and their pHs, though, to help you when you shop.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    I wish that I didn't have to read these kinds of books but unfortunately I have no choice. But as far as the book goes, I found it very informative and I am excited to try out some of the recipes that were listed. There are so many books and articles out there that conflict each other that I hope that this is the one that works for me!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I think if you're a vegetarian and/or already a pretty healthy eater, it will be really easy to digest (har har) this book and to get a feel for the diet and the recipes. I didn't think they seemed all that bland (maybe a little, but what do you expect from a reflux cookbook?!) and liked the mix of options. They also didn't seem that difficult or confusing to me, but then again, I cook a lot. I think if you are already kind of anal about your diet / cooking, this book will be a good place to get I think if you're a vegetarian and/or already a pretty healthy eater, it will be really easy to digest (har har) this book and to get a feel for the diet and the recipes. I didn't think they seemed all that bland (maybe a little, but what do you expect from a reflux cookbook?!) and liked the mix of options. They also didn't seem that difficult or confusing to me, but then again, I cook a lot. I think if you are already kind of anal about your diet / cooking, this book will be a good place to get some new ideas of how to eat a more alkaline diet, which is pretty much where I am and why I got it. If not, you might want to look into some other sources -- this book is good, but it definitely doesn't start "at the beginning," so to speak. One of the best things about this book is how it emphasizes what you CAN eat, not just what you can't. That was the main reason I got it -- I found all these lists on the internet of what I wasn't supposed to eat, which all happened to correspond exactly to my usual diet. Woe! I felt like I couldn't eat anything anymore. So it's nice to see that there are actually things you can eat, as well as having a list of the pH of various foods so that you can make smart decisions about where you can ease up a little, and where you need to be more strict. The science portion is short, sweet, and explains LPR, silent reflux, etc and the authors' theories clearly and concisely without being too simplistic (although the lobster claw thing was a little silly, but whatever.) I think the science seems sound, it certainly explains why I've been sick for years with no one able to properly diagnose me, and why I'm feeling better now that I'm eating more in line with what this book proposes. I wish there were more recipes and that the blog was a little more useful. Hopefully others will draw from this research and expand upon the subject. Overall I wish there was more to this book, but it's a good start.

  6. 5 out of 5

    willaful

    I read this with interest, but found it really unhelpful for my needs. I don't have the background to judge the science behind their theories, but I don't feel able to try them out for myself without a lot more supplemental information. 1) The food information is primarily in the form of recipes. If you're just starting out and want to know "what the heck do I eat today?" this isn't that helpful. I don't have the energy to cook for every meal I eat, especially on a diet that requires eating small I read this with interest, but found it really unhelpful for my needs. I don't have the background to judge the science behind their theories, but I don't feel able to try them out for myself without a lot more supplemental information. 1) The food information is primarily in the form of recipes. If you're just starting out and want to know "what the heck do I eat today?" this isn't that helpful. I don't have the energy to cook for every meal I eat, especially on a diet that requires eating smaller, more frequent meals, to treat a condition that often includes nausea. I need info about at least some foods that can be prepared quickly and easily. I don't know how working people would adapt this diet to their lifestyles. 2) The charts showing the ph of different foods are extremely short and just... random. Many everyday foods aren't listed, but we get the ph of several different varieties of apple. There are some random brand names. I tried looking up the foods I regularly eat and couldn't find a single one. 3) There is no information for how to adjust the diet for different health needs. The recipes listed have carb counts that would send my blood sugar through the stratosphere. The assumption seems to be "this is the healthiest diet around and will be good for anyone, no matter what their other issues." So, maybe they have a good theory, but it didn't help me much.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Helpful advice for those with reflux, including real causes and solutions.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    Dropping Acid provides a concise plan on how to reduce GERD and silent reflux through lifestyle changes, specifically dietary change. The authors main premise is that GERD has become epidemic because of changes in the American diet that include overconsumption of soda and highly acidic foods.FDA regulations have increased the acid contents of canned and bottled food to prevent bacterial growth, causing an unintended rise in GERD. The authors define silent reflux and explain in depth what causes Dropping Acid provides a concise plan on how to reduce GERD and silent reflux through lifestyle changes, specifically dietary change. The authors main premise is that GERD has become epidemic because of changes in the American diet that include overconsumption of soda and highly acidic foods.FDA regulations have increased the acid contents of canned and bottled food to prevent bacterial growth, causing an unintended rise in GERD. The authors define silent reflux and explain in depth what causes reflux. Silent reflux is also known as laryngopharyngeal reflux--it affects the larynx and throat. Silent reflux often goes unnoticed and can cause serious health-related problems, as well as career-related problems if you rely on your voice for a living. Wake up hoarse, with a scratchy throat? You may have it. The book includes a checklist of symptoms. This could be useful if you are not sure and would give you more information to share with your doctors. Dropping Acid provides a list of the good and the bad foods for reflux sufferers and offer an induction diet to get sufferers back on track. The lists and the recipes are helpful. I have tried several so far and enjoyed each. I love spicy foods, so this approach does mean making sacrifices in some of my favorite foods. Unlike some other reviewers, I haven't found this too off-putting because I do enjoy experimenting with new foods. Sadly, chocolate, tea, garlic, onions and tomatoes are on the off list. Some items that I would have considered safe, such as cucumbers, are also on the avoid list. The authors do acknowledge that people vary in which foods are the worst triggers, so there is some leeway for experimentation once the GERD symptoms are reduced. My main problem with the book is that the recipes might be appropriate for those who have GERD, but they don't take other health considerations, such as diabetes or gluten allergies, into consideration. I have to be sensitive to all of these issues when cooking for my family. Some of the recipes seem to be high in sugar and simple carbs. For example, the oatmeal recipe calls for 2 tbsps. of maple syrup per serving. That flies in the face of other health cookbooks that call for reduced sugar. Fortunately, the recipe tastes fine with a bit less maple syrup and a bit more vanilla. Though, I think there is something inherently wrong with oatmeal without cinnamon! The grilled chicken recipe is delicious. I am looking forward to trying more, including the punpkin pots de creme recipe--perfect for fall. On the downside, it covers only a limited number of common foods, leaving the reader to wonder about the rest. The authors claim that they can't cover it all. Maybe not, but I wish they had covered more, especially spices and seasonings. I would recommend the book to anyone who has had difficulty finding relief from GERD and silent reflux. If you are budget conscious and not sure if it is worth the investment, try borrowing it from the library or take a preview of the blog. The blog is a useful companion to the book and a good starting point if you want to know more. http://www.refluxcookbookblog.com/

  9. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I'm giving this book five stars because, to my knowledge, it is the best resource available on silent reflux or laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). My journey with LPR started three years ago when I started having difficulty breathing; I was coughing, wheezing, and generally felt like I couldn't catch my breath. I suspected asthma, but instead I was diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction. The speech therapist went to speech therapy, yadda, yadda, and things moved along pretty smoothly. Fast forward t I'm giving this book five stars because, to my knowledge, it is the best resource available on silent reflux or laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). My journey with LPR started three years ago when I started having difficulty breathing; I was coughing, wheezing, and generally felt like I couldn't catch my breath. I suspected asthma, but instead I was diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction. The speech therapist went to speech therapy, yadda, yadda, and things moved along pretty smoothly. Fast forward to the end of 2011/early 2012 when I was pregnant and subsequently had my baby. I started experiencing hoarseness and pitchiness. I couldn't sing soprano anymore because my voice would crack or no sound would come out at all. It was alarming. To make a long story short, I was finally (finally!) diagnosed with acid reflux. Looking back, it makes sense that my reflux reached its low point postpartum. As a new mom, I was eating and sleeping whenever I could, often snacking in the middle of the night. To have been through this drawn-out process of reaching the right diagnosis, I think this book is invaluable. The section on the science of silent reflux resonated with me as I finally read the truth about my own experience. Some reviewers complained that the recipes are bland. To be honest, I've only made three of the dishes from the book, but so far I've liked them all and plan to make them again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yaaresse

    Disclaimer: I didn't read the entire book because it's 80-85% recipes, and that's not what I was looking for. I already know how to cook and manipulate recipes; what I wanted was information. The description supplied by my library's download site truncated the title and did not indicate that this was primarily a cookbook. The information in the first few pages of the book was what I was hoping for. The info seems good, but there is too little of it. The recipes looked OK, but most people should Disclaimer: I didn't read the entire book because it's 80-85% recipes, and that's not what I was looking for. I already know how to cook and manipulate recipes; what I wanted was information. The description supplied by my library's download site truncated the title and did not indicate that this was primarily a cookbook. The information in the first few pages of the book was what I was hoping for. The info seems good, but there is too little of it. The recipes looked OK, but most people should be able to find similar ones on-line working from a solid list of which foods are problematic and which are not. The most real information was in the very short section that explains what causes reflux problems to begin with. One thing marring the information section was an underlying tone suggesting that the rest of the world has it all wrong and the authors are the only ones who truly understand this condition. Defensive much? Yeah, OK, fine, you feel under-appreciated by your colleagues. Sounds like your personal problem, not something I need to care about. Air your grievances with them; the reader doesn't find it helpful.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adam Escobar

    I have been successfully managing my severe Silent Reflux for 5 years without medication by controlling my diet, but still have the occasional flare up. I came across this cook book while reading another book on silent reflux. All About LPR: The Silent Reflux Story I had some high hopes that I'd get some new variety in my meal options through this book. While there is some good information in the book, and the recipes aren't overly complicated, I am really disappointed that many of these recipes I have been successfully managing my severe Silent Reflux for 5 years without medication by controlling my diet, but still have the occasional flare up. I came across this cook book while reading another book on silent reflux. All About LPR: The Silent Reflux Story I had some high hopes that I'd get some new variety in my meal options through this book. While there is some good information in the book, and the recipes aren't overly complicated, I am really disappointed that many of these recipes include ingredients that are questionable (like lemons, soy sauce, and other fruits and juices), even if they are in small quantities. I really wanted a cookbook that didn't require modifications or substitutions, that I could hand to my boyfriend and say, "anything from this cookbook is safe, even at the worst of times." Sadly, this isn't that cookbook. There are some good ideas and several recipes are fine as-is, but I expected something more sensitive from Dr. Koufman.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    A useful reference for me as I'm diving into some heavy diet and lifestyle changes. The charts tracking acidity of various foods were a helpful start as was the perspective about the pepsin bonding to tissues in the esophagus so any dietary acid activates it to break down the proteins of your tissue. Opened my eyes. That said, the defensiveness of the physicians (us against the rest of the medical world) and the repetitive nature of the text could have done with a good edit. I haven't tried out A useful reference for me as I'm diving into some heavy diet and lifestyle changes. The charts tracking acidity of various foods were a helpful start as was the perspective about the pepsin bonding to tissues in the esophagus so any dietary acid activates it to break down the proteins of your tissue. Opened my eyes. That said, the defensiveness of the physicians (us against the rest of the medical world) and the repetitive nature of the text could have done with a good edit. I haven't tried out the recipes yet but some do look approachable. I'm going to try their idea of the induction diet to kick things off as it seems a logical thing to try (though such a bummer for a foodie and wine lover). I may adjust the rating after trying some recipes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    Why is GERD becoming more and more common especially among younger people? The idea that the high amounts of acid used to preserve many foods sounds very plausible. To be honest, I didn't find the recipes all that appealing but will be using the list of foods and acidity level. I am allergic to many of the ingredients in the recipes so they may appeal to others. I also happen to be one of the few for whom breads make my GERD go wild. If you want to get a handle on heartburn, GERD, (and in my cas Why is GERD becoming more and more common especially among younger people? The idea that the high amounts of acid used to preserve many foods sounds very plausible. To be honest, I didn't find the recipes all that appealing but will be using the list of foods and acidity level. I am allergic to many of the ingredients in the recipes so they may appeal to others. I also happen to be one of the few for whom breads make my GERD go wild. If you want to get a handle on heartburn, GERD, (and in my case) trying to control Barrett's Esophagus then this book has some good ideas on how to control symptoms.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dee Renee Chesnut

    Koufman's The Chronic Cough Enigma and this book are instrumental in making me feel so much better as I use their 14-day induction diet that I'm eager to try the recipes in this book and adapt favorites of mine. These have been my favorite recipes so far: Mad Mushroom Stew; Healthy One-Pot Chicken Blanquette; and Pork Loin with Fingerling Potatoes and Zucchini. I recommend this book to anyone with a chronic cough related to laryngopharyngeal reflux, anyone with acid reflux, anyone trying to stay Koufman's The Chronic Cough Enigma and this book are instrumental in making me feel so much better as I use their 14-day induction diet that I'm eager to try the recipes in this book and adapt favorites of mine. These have been my favorite recipes so far: Mad Mushroom Stew; Healthy One-Pot Chicken Blanquette; and Pork Loin with Fingerling Potatoes and Zucchini. I recommend this book to anyone with a chronic cough related to laryngopharyngeal reflux, anyone with acid reflux, anyone trying to stay on an alkaline diet or a low-fat diet, or anyone who wants to try some new recipes.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Ann

    Let's be honest, I'm not going to make any of these recipes. I just don't have the time or inclination to put this much effort into my food. I do think the authors have given me a better understanding of GERD, and have assured me in part that I can still eat some good foods while managing it. What this book does well: breaking down the science, the options, the side effects, and providing clear examples of trigger foods and safe foods.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    The recipes need to be rewritten so they're clearer, but for the most part this book was very helpful. Read the full review at Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books>>> The recipes need to be rewritten so they're clearer, but for the most part this book was very helpful. Read the full review at Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books>>>

  17. 4 out of 5

    Clint

    Completely changed my life. I went from using Nexium and popping Gaviscon like candy to no medication and being in the best shape of my life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    PhebeAnn

    So, this book is super uneven. I really liked the science piece--Koufman, an international authority on reflux--goes over with clear explanations how reflux works, what its effects are in the short and long term, and her own and other research about the best way to treat, which, in short, is through diet. But although diet is the crux of the book, that's where it falls flat. There are many things that are unclear. For example, she says all of her recipes (most of which, frankly, don't excite me, So, this book is super uneven. I really liked the science piece--Koufman, an international authority on reflux--goes over with clear explanations how reflux works, what its effects are in the short and long term, and her own and other research about the best way to treat, which, in short, is through diet. But although diet is the crux of the book, that's where it falls flat. There are many things that are unclear. For example, she says all of her recipes (most of which, frankly, don't excite me, though I've yet to try any), are suitable for the "induction" or stricter stage of the reflux diet, but then many of them (as other Goodreads reviewers have pointed out) have "Bad" list ingredients, like orange juice, onions etc. I guess that maybe these things are okay in really small quantities? But she doesn't specify this. She also doesn't specify whether certain other seemingly suspicious ingredients, like lemon zest, would be okay or not. There are also many foods missing from her 'good' and 'bad' lists leaving you feeling like you'd need to buy a pH metre to do this diet. Another area where was looking for more explanation is in her brief bit on lifestyle. She mentions to elevate the head of your bed, but not how much. To not exercise after eating - but how long should you wait? I ended up scouring google for these answers. For the authority on reflux, I kind of hoped for something a bit more comprehensive. But it's a good starting place, and the title is catchy as hell. I am reading Aviv's Acid Watcher book right now and it seems much more comprehensive and the recipes look tastier.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ibrahim Abouzied

    I bought this book to learn more about LPR. This review will not be covering the cookbook section. I held off writing this review until I gave Dr. Koufman's protocol a shot. I am nearly two weeks into the diet and I am blown away by the results so far! I love to sing as a hobby and that has been on pause due to LPR for the last six months. I couldn't sing and would sometimes find it difficult to speak, especially around mealtimes. It was quite frustrating since I didn't fall into any of the risk I bought this book to learn more about LPR. This review will not be covering the cookbook section. I held off writing this review until I gave Dr. Koufman's protocol a shot. I am nearly two weeks into the diet and I am blown away by the results so far! I love to sing as a hobby and that has been on pause due to LPR for the last six months. I couldn't sing and would sometimes find it difficult to speak, especially around mealtimes. It was quite frustrating since I didn't fall into any of the risk categories or behaviors (I'm not overweight, I don't drink caffeine/alcohol/carbonated beverages, mostly whole food diet, etc). Two months on PPI's helped alleviate some symptoms but they returned immediately after I weened off. In combination with Gaviscon I have experienced such a drastic improvement in just the last two weeks. I had practice voice sessions four times in the last week, which is more than the previous six months combined. The diet is super bland and extremely boring but its absolutely worth it to get my voice back. For the actual book, Dr. Koufman is the doctor to have coined the term silent reflux and the diagnosis of LPR, she is the world's leading expert on it. The initial section in the book gives a watered down description of how to treat LPR that is accessible to the public, and the end of the book gives a deeper dive into the scientific literature for those who are looking for a more rigorous understanding. Its a quick read too! I have no idea if the cookbook itself is any good, but if you have LPR and have been frustrated by the lack of results from other treatments, give this book a read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Good information for anyone who suffers from reflux. I was diagnosed with "Silent Reflux" which is a very common ailment which goes undiagnosed for millions of Americans. If you clear your throat a lot or have excess mucus, you have reflux. If you wake up hoarse or with a sore throat, if you struggle with post nasal drip and sinus infections, you probably have reflux. In fact a good number of people who are dignosed with allergies or asthma, in fact also have silent reflux. The host of symptoms, Good information for anyone who suffers from reflux. I was diagnosed with "Silent Reflux" which is a very common ailment which goes undiagnosed for millions of Americans. If you clear your throat a lot or have excess mucus, you have reflux. If you wake up hoarse or with a sore throat, if you struggle with post nasal drip and sinus infections, you probably have reflux. In fact a good number of people who are dignosed with allergies or asthma, in fact also have silent reflux. The host of symptoms, and the problems and diseases that are caused by it are stunning. This book is short, simple and to the point in educating both Doctors and patients about the dangers of continuing to eat an Acidic American Diet. She outlines very clearly how to eat an Alkaline diet and adopt a lifestyle that can help your body heal and go into remission. The biggest lifestyle change is that you cannot lie down after eating. In fact, you should stop eating 4 hours before bed time, and sleep raised on an incline. This one simple step has saved me so much pain and discomfort and is healing my vocal problems I have suffered from these last 4 years. Eating More alkaline means cutting out red meats, fatty foods, dairy, and anything processed in a box, can or bottle. Eating fresh veggies, some fruits, whole grains, and mostly sticking to chicken and fish. As a side benefit, most people lose a lot of extra weight. I'm going to read a bunch more of these educational books on Alkaline diets and Reflux help so I can get inspired to make permanent changes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Evans

    3 1/2 stars. I'm very impressed with how much more accurately this book described my husband's acid reflux symptoms that descriptions I've seen anywhere else. The theory about enzymes and acid is fascinating and makes a fair amount of sense. (I'll try to remember to come back and update results if we try out some of the suggestions and recipes.) The one thing that really irritates me about the book is that they don't differentiate at all between healthy and unhealthy fats. They claim processed fo 3 1/2 stars. I'm very impressed with how much more accurately this book described my husband's acid reflux symptoms that descriptions I've seen anywhere else. The theory about enzymes and acid is fascinating and makes a fair amount of sense. (I'll try to remember to come back and update results if we try out some of the suggestions and recipes.) The one thing that really irritates me about the book is that they don't differentiate at all between healthy and unhealthy fats. They claim processed foods increased the amount of saturated fats we eat, when it really only changed the kinds of fats we usually eat. Perhaps it's one of the unusual cases (as the 'idiosyncratic foods' they mention) but the only thing that helped my husband's acid reflux in the beginning was the GAPS diet from Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophrenia--no processed foods, but lots of healthy/natural animal fats. Everything else they say makes sense and seems worth trying, but there's no way butter or beef is causing acid reflux for my husband!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cora

    I enjoyed this book and think it makes a lot of sense. I wish it were longer, contained more information and I wish the website was more updated so that the resources could be easier to find. I did enjoy the patient stories throughout but didn't think most of the recipes sounded good. I also wish there was more details on what to eat and what not to eat for the induction (first two weeks) phase. There is a list of foods but a lot is left out and the website didn't seem to have more details or li I enjoyed this book and think it makes a lot of sense. I wish it were longer, contained more information and I wish the website was more updated so that the resources could be easier to find. I did enjoy the patient stories throughout but didn't think most of the recipes sounded good. I also wish there was more details on what to eat and what not to eat for the induction (first two weeks) phase. There is a list of foods but a lot is left out and the website didn't seem to have more details or lists that I could find. I also don't know if there is a way to test foods yourself. Overall, I think the idea makes sense and can really help a lot of people but it doesn't seem like it was ever fully completed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Hard to know how scientifically accurate this is, but the non-recipe portions of this are intriguing and got me thinking about acid reflux which I have a touch of, though it used to be much worse. So, if you're a sufferer, worth a read and a discussion with your doctor, I guess. I scanned the recipes but wasn't particularly interested in them. My take was that most of them weren't going to do for meals day-in and day-out, though probably edible.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    “Scientific” explanations are explained in plain language which I appreciate. The recipes look disgusting, don’t have very many calories which I actually need, and many of them contain mushrooms which are disgusting. If it weren’t for most of the recipes being gross, I’d rate it higher. But since it’s mainly a cookbook, I gotta rate it low. Overall, I’m depressed at what I am up against trying to change my diet, and this did not make things better.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amber Brown

    The science and charts were hugely helpful. I loved the long lists of different foods both good and bad for reflux. The recipes were where they lost me. I work too many hours on a constantly fluctuating schedule, so there's just no world where I can or would put in the time these recipes require. If you're looking for a clear, definitive resource of what foods to avoid and which to seek out, this is excellent. If youre in it for the recipes, maybe flip through them before committing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Krissy Neddo

    Read this and The Chronic Cough by Koufman. Very similar "science" chapters describing GERD/LPR/Silent Reflux symptoms. Helpful info. I am not sure I would use most recipes. I am gluten and dairy free at this time to find which food groups trigger my symptoms. But lists of food to eat/avoid were a good starting point for me as I make my grocery lists for snacks and meals.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Roessner

    Excellent and incredibly informative book. I have GERD for the past 5/6 years. With the last year being on more intensive medication, and this book has educated me on what reflux is, what causes, treatment etc. This book is written by two specialists so it felt very well researched. Will fully update after I try out some of the recipes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The information provided in the first and last chapters was interesting and easy to follow. However, I was underwhelmed by the recipes and frustrated that they contained so many of the ingredients that were on the "naughty" list for acid reflux sufferers.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Łukasz

    Gives an overview of how your body reacts to certain food and that's a great start. But you kinda need to understand what your body likes and does not like - and that's a tough process. Detox + introducing slowly different kind of products works, but it's hard to do.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becki

    Love Dr Koufman! Her books have helped me stop a mysterious six-month cough! Definitely recommend! So far the recipes are good and the advice is right on the money.

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