Alkaline diet is helping with GERD problem

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DANIE
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   Posted 9/19/2006 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Sure hope the following can help some of you, I know what you're going thru.  I must say though that to go on this diet, you really have to give up alot.  I went strictly alkaline since I saw that drugs for GERD did not help me.  I think it's worth it for a while to feel better, and then you can wean yourself back to some regular foods.   Alkaline Diet: Foods With Alkaline Ash  When you start researching Alkaline foods, keep in mind that you have GERD.  There will be some conflicting foods listed on different sites, some may be listed as alkaline and on other sites as acid.
 
Thru an unfortunate series of events, I sort of gave myself GERD.  I had tripped in my home and hurt my left side, took Advil mostly at night so I could sleep (never knew that you should stay upright for at least 1/2 an hour after taking ibuprofen/aspirin) and for almost 2 months slept only on my right side (this will explain why it's so important to sleep mostly on your LEFT side) -  How To Prevent Nighttime Heartburn / Acid Reflux 
 
My symptoms at first were nausea and incredible dizziness, I never had acid reflux or pain in esophagus.  I was sent for many tests including a brain MRI.  No one ever suspected GERD since I'm not really overweight and was always careful with foods I ate.   When the "knot in throat" (globuous) feeling started, I went for an endoscopy and GERD was diagnosed.  My gastroenterologist put me on Prilosec for one month (40mgs. morning and 40 mgs. evening).  Toward the end of the month I started getting the same symtoms and he told me to take Zantac.  I got so dizzy from the drug, that I decided to take care of it naturally. 
 
After alot of research on many sites, including reading this board, I decided to go on an alkaline diet and take some natural products.  I have  been getting my vitamins from (I'm not on their payroll!) for more than 20 yrs. Puritan's Pride - Discount Priced Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements, visit Puritan.com - Puritans Pride and was able to order DGL licorice from them (the part of the licorice that causes high blood pressure is eliminated) at a good price.
 
I take 3 DGL tablets (they have to be dissolved with saliva) 20 minutes before I eat - 3 times a day and 2 before I go to sleep.
 
I also drink some Aloe Vera (you can also get it at Puritan Pride), acidophilous (refrigerate after opening), multiple vitamin, B-100, calcium with magnesium, helps absorb acid (I like the  Twinlab Calcium Citrate Plus Magnesium -- 250 Capsules - Vitacost brand, it's quickly absorbed in system and is not constipating). 
 
After eating I chew some gum  - non mint, cinnamon one is good since cinnamon is alkaline in stomach  (Trident is a brand sweetened with Xylitol).
 
My basic diet right now (have been on it for 2 weeks and no longer have nausea and dizziness but I do feel a slight soreness in my esophagus, but symptoms are so much better than they were) is variations of the following:
 
I am off all sugar, coffee, tea, alcohol, meat, fish, pasta, rice, wheat products
 
Breakfast - Puffed millet with some fruit (either watermelon or cantalope)For snacks - dried figs/dates/almonds/raisins/apricots  (I get everything organic without sulphur)
 
Lunch/Dinner - Quinoa, steamed broccoli/kale/carrots/soy beans/low fat tofu/sweet potato/red beets/celery/avocado
 
I sleep with my head and torso elevated and try to sleep as much as possible on my LEFT side.
 
I wish you all good health and I'll be happy to post more information in the future. :-)
 
 
 
 
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DANIE
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   Posted 9/19/2006 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
PS
I also drink alot of water.  The most alkaline is FIJI water.
 
 

poobear
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   Posted 9/19/2006 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing

29 y/o Female Diagnosed with Crohn's October 2005 (symptoms for as long as I can remember) & Gerd 1996 Currently taking - 6mp 50mg per day, Pentasa 1000mg 2x per day, Remicade every 8 weeks (but need it sooner), Tramadol prn, Phenergan prn,  Nexium, Prozac, Nordette, Multi-Vit, and Digestive Advantage for IBD. "What doesn't kill us - sometimes drop kicks us into a new and better place - a place we mightn't have gotten to any other way."  - Unknown                                                                                       http://www.myspace.com/chroniechick

 


ttwarrior1
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   Posted 9/19/2006 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
im taking acidophilus and believe its helping some. My started out as acid reflux, dont know what it is now, seems like stomach trouble and gas stuck in my middle lower chest with some deep intense burps. I did have dizziness also. Its not as bad as the first two weeks, but its still there. Im on my 3rd week now. I did take prilosec for ten days.

I drank a mt dew saturday evening and woke up feeling like crap the next day

DANIE
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   Posted 9/20/2006 4:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't drink anything carbonated, I drank alot of sparkling mineral water (Pellegrino for the calcium content) which apparently contributed to my GERD.

ttwarrior1
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   Posted 9/20/2006 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
hey danie are you sure the licorice there is the right kind. It doesnt say DGL

DANIE
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   Posted 9/21/2006 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Click on Puritan Pride and put DGL in the search on top left and it will come up.  Price is 2 for 1.

Lonibel
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   Posted 11/15/2006 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Danie, I went back to read your posts RE: alkaline diet. Are you kidding? I'm already skinny - you must have lost lots of weight! Have you added any foods to this original diet? Thank you for your steady persistence to "try the alkaline diet". I think it could really work if you could afford to lose the weight...

Lonibel

sillylilly
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   Posted 11/15/2006 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Danie,

What is globulus...I couldn't find anything out about it on the net? 


sillylilly
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   Posted 11/15/2006 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry...globuous

DANIE
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   Posted 11/16/2006 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Lonibel,
Yes, I did lose about 10 lbs initially,which is fine for me but I've really maintained the weight. You must understand that I had severe nausea when I went on an alkaline diet. I never had the pain in the esophagus like most people with GERD have. You can eat alot of little meals. Believe me, the quinoa is extremely high in protein and very filling. Avocado and tofu are also great. You can eat, even for a snack, a sweet potato or banana. That will keep your weight up. Dates and figs (dried) are very high carbs so that will keep your weight up. You really have to eat alot of little meals to keep your weight up.
I did eventually add fish and chicken but I had to do something drastic from the beginning. Basically I went totally vegetarian. A friend of mine, who is a medical doctor, eats that way all the time.
Hope you all have success, I certainly did.

DANIE
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   Posted 11/16/2006 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Sillylilly,
Globuous is that feeling in your throat like something is stuck there, a knot in the throat. I also had that along with nausea.

I really think that I cured myself by using the DGL licorice and alkaline diet. After learning about alkaline way of eating I don't think I will ever go back to eating just about anything as I did before. I will think of a good balance instead. We, as humans, really do eat way too much acid food.

Most acidic (foods that come up consistently on many different sites) fruits are blueberries, prunes, plums. Most alkaline is watermelon. Unripe bananas are good, other melons also along with raisins, dried figs, dried dates.
Red meat is mostly acidic, especially pork.
I have been eating white chicken meat, fish such as sole, flounder.
Hope you get some help from this.

sillylilly
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   Posted 11/17/2006 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Danie....Yes, I have the knot in my throat too but if I take the meds it goes away.  When you were taking the meds, did your globuous clear up? 

 I know I dread the day when the meds don't work for me anymore.   

Danie, you are very sincere with your help and I appreciate your support and encouragement to try to get us off meds.    

 


Lonibel
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   Posted 11/18/2006 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Danie,

How do you fix unripe bananas to make them palatable?  Also, you mentioned in another posting that lemons are acidic going down, but are alkaline in the stomach.  Do all foods reverse in the stomach?

 


DANIE
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   Posted 11/19/2006 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
You have to do alot of research on Alkaline foods, I've listed a few sites previously. If you read my postings, you will see I was on Prilosec for only 1 month. Then I had a rebound effect, all the bad symptoms came right back (dizziness, nausea). I knew I had to do something myself to heal, drugs were not the answer. I had read and heard of people on these drugs for up to 10 yrs. That's ridiculous!!!!

Bananas should be just barely out of the green stage but definitely ripe enough to eat. I meant to say that the ripe ones are the most acidic. You can make a smoothie in a blender/processor of one banana and watermelon or other melon you can get in season.

You have to reasearch alkaline foods to understand what is alkaline and what isn't. See my postings of sites to do so. Lemons are very acidic and yet when they hit the stomach they turn alkaline. They should be used as a salad dressing (a little olive oil and a few drops of lemon) AFTER YOU ARE OVER THE GERD SYMPTOMS.
I wouldn't use lemons when you are suffering symptoms.
After researching, it was interesting to read this. Romans in ancient times used lemons as a digestive method.

TroubledTummy
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   Posted 11/19/2006 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Danie, was it hard for you follow this alkaline diet? I am so afraid to eat and then when I finally start to feel good and eat it kills me. Also, the things that bother me are not consistant, I know that alot of my problem is the anxiety that comes with GERD, but this is getting crazy for me. Are you exercising? I really need to exercise, but if I try to do anything within 3 hours after eating I end up burping and burning? Anyway, thank you for your help, I am really interested in your eating plan. I have been told by one of my doctors that I have an acidic body. Can you recommend any books that outline the Alkaline way of life?

DANIE
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   Posted 11/19/2006 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Just click on the site in my initial posting for information on alkaline foods. It was a challenge to stay on an alkaline diet. Obviously, it's not that enjoyable. It's basically eating nutritiously but only enough to stay well. The portions have to be small so eat a few times a day. As I said many times, I believe that DGL licorice (the one you dissolve in your mouth with saliva) was the most important supplement that I used along with the alkaline diet.
I didn't bother to buy any books since there's so much information on the web on alkaline foods.
As I said before, it's totally vegetarian. You will probably have to do it for at least 1-2 months to get results. That's what happened with me. I still won't go back to the way I was eating before though. I did learn that sugar is horrible for the system so I will stay away from sugar as much as I can from now on.
All I did was walk, that's basically my main form of exercise.
Look back on my other postings, there are some great articles I found that say exactly what I've said - using alkaline foods is the way to get rid of GERD.

kevinla
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   Posted 11/20/2006 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Danie,
 
I am suprised you were able to cure youself. It is my understanding that GERD has to a valve problem with a stomach.  Maybe soothing the stomach makes it easier on the valve.  I will try the diet.
 
KLA

DANIE
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   Posted 11/21/2006 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, if you are a determined person like I am you will be successful. There was no way that I was going to be on drugs for longer than 1 month!
I have a very healthy lifestyle and the only drugs I take are vitamins.
Hope what I did helps you too.

friendlygal
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   Posted 12/16/2006 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Sillylilly, it's called "globus sensation." It is sometimes also called "globulous sensation." If you'd like, I can find links for you.

DANIE
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   Posted 2/10/2007 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm bumping up these postings again so it may clarify alkaline foods for many of you. 
 
By the way, Friendlygal, I did post that plums,prunes and blueberries are the most acidic fruits - just scroll down to my 11/16 7:20pm posting.
 

DANIE
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   Posted 2/11/2007 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Indersonu,

That is ridiculous about magnesium. You must be talking about magnesium in huge dosages. I think you and I already wrote about this and if I remember correctly you were talking about very large doses of magnesium daily. Magnesium actually helps calcium citrate work well in the system and is a necessary mineral. The amount one takes is obviously the problem. Any supplement can cause problems if huge doses are taken.

What about all the drugs that people with GERD take???? Read the fine print and see what that can be doing to you body! Talk about dangerous!!!!

Maybe you are allergic to some supplements, I don't know. I really don't know anything about you.

If you ask any doctor about any supplements they look at you like you have two heads. Medical doctors are never taught about nutritional supplements, just drugs.

Obviously, every individual has foods that disagree with them or are allergic to in some way. That is why I keep posting to KEEP A FOOD DIARY. If something bothers you you can look back and see what you ate and then never have it again!

I am posting alkaline foods, it's up to the individual if they want to use them or not. I did the research for myself and I'm sharing the information.

The foods you list are all acidic, I'm just pointing that out. It's information for people that want to know what is and what isn't acidic. Everyone can do whatever they want with this information.

friendlygal
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   Posted 2/11/2007 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Danie, I did just read here that you indeed did post that plums were acidic.  Thanks for that.  I just hadn't been on this section for a long time...So i don't think I ever read that...

Thanks again for your knowledge...

 


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   Posted 11/7/2012 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Evamore makes a water that is 8.8 PH (very alkaline). It has helped me and Dr. Koufman is one of the people who recomends it.
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