Is this a good GERD diet?

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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 7/18/2011 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I am currently off PPI’s due to bad side-effects and get heartburn throughout the day without rhyme or reason, some days with none and some days with constant heartburn (I’ve struggled especially this past year). I seriously eat the same thing almost every day, so I wanted to put it down to see if it has any reflux triggers I haven’t thought of. I overdo a strict food combining and IMO healthfood diet but hey, all of us who have heartburn and get no relief would try anything to get better/limit the negative effects, right? Alright, so this is what I eat in a given day (in addition to lots of water throughout the day). I am seriously super-boring w/ food and can eat the same thing every day without getting bored. It is all stuff I prepare at home.

Breakfast
Milkshake (Blackberries or Blueberries or Strawberries), made with unsweetened Almond Milk, Honey and 2 Bananas
Bowl of Cereal w/ Almond Milk, a handful of Cashews, ground Flax Seeds

Snack
1-2 Apples
Occasionally I’ll also have canned coconut water or raw almonds.

Lunch
Large Salad with Carrots, Brocolli & Flax Seeds
Bread
Avocado

Dinner
I make my own hummus-esque spread w/ Tahini, Olive Oil, Garbanzos, Salt, fried Eggplant, raw Onion, and raw Mushrooms. I eat this with bread and salad.
Snack
Grapes or Milkshake (Blackberries or Blueberries or Strawberries), made with unsweetened Almond Milk, Honey and 2 Bananas

Just as a side-note a lot of this has to do with combating reflux. Apples, Almonds, Grapes, etc., are supposed to be good at fighting reflux. I am big on Blackberries since they are supposed to fight esophageal cancer.

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 7/18/2011 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Forgot to mention, when I do eat protein I eat a whole meal of it (to not mix it with starches), so I'll eat.

4-6 lightly fried eggs with vegetables
Salmon or sardines w/ vegetables
A tonne of Mussels & Shrimp w/ vegetables (@ a local Chinese Buffet, the only restaurant I ever go to). I usually eat this after lifting weights.

Surprisingly, the days I eat 3-4 huge plates of Mussels and Shrimp are usually my best days. It often seems like the more full my stomach is, the less reflux I get. The Chinese Buffet may seem like a huge indiscretion but keep in mind it is tops once a week and my diet is super strict at all other times (my other excuse is that if my wife didn't love the buffet I wouldn't go often).

Nickles
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   Posted 7/18/2011 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you considered taking out gluten out of your diet?

Like taking out wheat based products...Gluten often irritates tha small intestine if your body cannot process it righht.

Wow! You practically eat, what I eat LOL...Almost exactly who knew???

My breakfast-Gluten free cereal with almond milk and sometimes I add flax seed.

Snack-Mixed nuts-pistachios, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, brazilian nuts

Lunch-gluten free sandwoch bread with ham/tky and hummus (gluten free) with lots of spinach or I have brown rice, with chicken grilled, boiled or roasted with no seasioning.... and steamed veggies like broccoli, squash, carrots....

Snack-Fruit like banana or blueberries for a smoothie with almond milk. Or it can be a rice cracker with almond butter or apples.


Dinner-I alternate with the above for lunch

I dont take medication at alll but I do have GERD...
I take natural stuff.

My reflux varies also....I think stress plays a role in mine...If I am stressed it makes it worse....New days, new situations but trying to manage it .

I want to try the food combination diet...It sounds like you have it almost perfected...The no strarches with protein and fruits alone...

Anyways if you have tips for me shoot them at me...Or if anyone has some for me?

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 7/18/2011 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
hey Nickles,

Wow, pretty cool. Actually, due to URQ pain as well I was tested for Celiac but came back negative. Due to pain persisting I eliminated gluten from my diet for 2 weeks and saw no difference. Gluten free bread was pretty bad, too :)

I do the food combining b/c as far as I understand it makes sense scientifically in terms of digestion.

Nickles
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   Posted 7/19/2011 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you give me through details of the food combinations?

Does it make a difference in your GERD though this food combination?

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 7/19/2011 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
A friend recommended Daniel Reid's The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity

I had a significant reduction in reflux at the same time that I started eating super healthy, undertook food combining, and took digestive enzymes. I've had rough patches since (including this week), and have had to stop taking enzymes due to a right side pain almost any pill gives me these days (all tests come back normal).

Long story short I don't know how much the food combining has had to do with my reduction in heartburn but if it means anything I still follow it regardless since I think it may, and scientifically/theoretically it should.

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 7/19/2011 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
with my diet I've found the only real rules I need are

don't mix starches and proteins
generally eat both with vegetables or salad to help digestion
eat melons alone

I don't know how good I am. I make milkshakes w/ almond milk, banana and fruit. Almonds are technically a protein, and bananas a starch...but I do my best. The big thing for me is never mixing carbs and protein, which is surprisingly easy once you get used to it.

sk55
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   Posted 7/19/2011 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
hi acidrefluxman,
 
you could try avoiding nuts which are high in fat, flax seeds, olive oil, onions and see if it makes a different.
 
flax seeds irritated me when i had stomach issues.
 
Basic gerd diet says to minimize fat..  I removed most the fat from my diet and my symptoms are a lot better.
 
you could also try eating very small meals more frequently... rather than 3 big meals a day.
 
The only issue is weight loss, but i rather have that then a burning throat.
 
just a thought.
 
 
-jesse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nickles
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   Posted 7/19/2011 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
SO do you think the digestive enzymes caused your side pain? Or do you think it was somethin else?

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 7/20/2011 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I have no idea b/c I don't know what the right side pain is. I think they are harmless though...if anything caused it it was Ranitidine and PPI's.

cupCakeCat
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   Posted 7/21/2011 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Nickles - What sorts of natural supplements do you take?

Nickles
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   Posted 7/21/2011 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi cupCake Cat

I take

DGL- 20 min before meals 2 tablets.
Mastic Gum - In the mornings
Digestive Enzymes- by Enzymatic 1 with every meal
Multivitamin
Manuka Honey grade 15-when I really need it like for super sore throats.
Slippery Elm-tablets every once in a while
I was taking Melatonin & Tryptophan but stopped taking it due to some further research I did.

I also juice my veggies.

I am waitng on some intestinal, absorption, stomach, ph tests and other ones that I am doing with my dr. to get the correct natural supplements so for now I am taking this. The DGL really helps me and I just switched digestive enzymes to a full capacity one to see if these are better.



What do you take? Do you have GERD?

FYI I've seen a gastroentorologists and the past and we did endocopies, edg, barium, xrays, stomach emptyings n etc. He presecribed all known PPI and none of them ever helped so I decided to go the natural way.

That is my story in a nut shell

cupCakeCat
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   Posted 7/22/2011 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Nickles.

I do have GERD, or I guess it flared up a lot in the past month. It's bearable, but I'm just watching out for silent GERD. I am just taking honey for sore throat (when I do), and I am taking plant enzyme as well as multivitamin. I also drink aloe, but that's it.

I dont have a gastro I go to so I hope my doctor can prescribe me some tagament to help me ease off the Nexium. I'm not sure how to proceed with Nexium because I no longer want it, but I still get flare-ups.

How long have you had GERD and how did your endoscopy look? I'm afraid I'm not "eligible" for one..

Nickles
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   Posted 7/22/2011 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I did my endocscopy 2 yrs ago but I been managing my symptoms. There was minor irritation but I think my GERD is related to my gut when I get my results I will share them with everyone. It's an expensive test but this will give me many answers.

I saw a gastro for 2 years but now seen a naturopathic dr. Some days are bad but feing good some days. I've done extensive research and I have a feeling my symptoms stem from my gut and probably malabsoprtion. But anyways I have to wait 2 wkd for this test.

I tried nexium it didn't help tried omeprazole for a year also. Which digestive enzymes do u use?

cupCakeCat
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   Posted 7/23/2011 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm taking parazyme after each meal. The longest I've been on nexium is just one month and I'm done with them (they don't really help).

I'm glad to hear that you're doing research on your condition. I'm so confused as to what is causing my pains. I gues I'll haev to talk to a gastro.

Like I said on my other post, I don't have much symptoms anymore, but what's concerning me is silent GERD. Will this ever end? :(

Looking forward to your results.

normajean10
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   Posted 7/22/2012 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello All, I'm recently diagnosed with acid reflux. I only eat eggs, baked potato because I'm frighten of eating anything else that makes my throat feel worse. How long does the feeling of something stuck in my throat last?

jpvn2015
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   Posted 7/23/2012 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I personally wouldn't eat that, becasue I have an issue with dairy products spurting my GERD, but if it works for you then keep eating it! Honestly, a good diet for someone could be an awful diet for someone else. It really is a personal decision that every GERDer has to make for themselves.

Maintaining a high-fiber diet is usually a good way to fight off GERD - at least for me. Although, apples always seem to make my symptoms worse. Usually I stick with Oat Bran and a drink called "Naked Juice." At first the juice may taste nasty, but it will grow on you after a while. ;)

Here's my personal diet:

Breakfast:
- 10 prunes
- a cup of yogurt
- 2 cups of water and 1 cup of hot tea (peppermint)
- cinnamon toast
- a bowl of oat bran cereal (no milk)

Lunch:
- chicken salad or chicken salad sandwich
- a light dessert
- array of fruit (e.g. watermelon, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, cherries.) Do not eat lemons or other citrus fruit.

Dinner:
- red meat
- potatoes
- broccoli

Hope you feel better soon.

gemluvr
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   Posted 7/25/2012 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!! New here. Was diagnosed with Gerd and H Pylori a week ago. I am on the Anibiotic method. I have done so much research on these 2 illnesses and have discovered alot. I have switched to a Gluten and Dairy free diet, I have been doing this faithfully all week, And Im here to tell you I have never felt so good. I would strongly recommend this!!

jpvn2015
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   Posted 7/25/2012 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, gemluvr. Thanks for the advice. I have H Pylori too, but the doctors actually told me to try a natural method before going with the antibiotics. I take the H Plyori test tomorrow to see if it's gone. Hopefully it is...
The advice I provide and present to you is solely based on research and doctor diagnosis. I am personally not a doctor. Going to a doctor is far better than listening to what I have to say.

I have experienced a lot over the course of years, and I am glad to give you some pointers to help you overcome your struggles.

gemluvr
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   Posted 7/25/2012 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the reply and much luck to you tommorrow!! I will take all the pointers you can give me. What method have you tried?

jpvn2015
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   Posted 7/25/2012 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, my PCP told me to eat lots of blueberries, strawberries, grapes, and raspberries since they are known to kill the bacteria. He told me to eat yogurt as well, so the bacteria wouldn't spread. Since that didn't seem to be working, he told me to try some Virgin Coconut Oil (3 teaspoons per day).

While my symptoms haven't gone away completely, I have noticed a significant improvement. I'm not sure whether it's becasue the H. Plyori is completely gone and it's just making its final memories, or if it is still lingering.

Either way, I feel like I am on the mend. Let's just hope that test proves it.

Post Edited (jpvn2015) : 7/25/2012 10:49:11 PM (GMT-6)


gemluvr
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   Posted 7/26/2012 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I have also learned that broccoli and cranberries or pure cran juice can also be of great signifiance. I have been doing both. I hope you get great news today and keep me informed. Thank you for your advice, Much appreciated!! :))
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