Found myself here after watching a Bob Barton video commercial.
That commercial sickened me to my core, but on a more positive note it brought me here and after reading a couple of posts I felt like sharing my diet experience.
To be clear whilst I have several pretty serious health issues including frequent vomiting, I do not suffer from GERD specifically. I do occasionally suffer from heartburn. Being sick of course exposes me to stomach acid regularly. I also have had a hiatus hernia in the past. So I don't know much about GERD, and I don't know if what I'm saying well help anyone, but I do know what chronic heartburn feels like, what it's like to sit bolt upright instantly from being fast asleep in the middle of the night due to acid reflux, and these diet changes had a VERY noticeable effect on me.. so sue me for sharing. :D
What I found is that the following rules significantly reduced the stomach acid level, on a par with using a PPI, and the frequency of heartburn :
*Eat a balanced diet of veg and fruit, legumes, nuts and whole grains, good oils, herbs and spices.
*Avoid meat and dairy
*Avoid processed foods
*Avoid sugary products
*Drink moderate amount of water
*Limit coffee and alcohol intake
The above has, for me at least, corrected a pH imbalance. I don't get heartburn any more. When I'm sick, it burns, but doesn't feel like I'm throwing up caustic soda. It feels more how-it-should-be. (How wrong does that sound!)
By the way when I say 'avoid processed' I'm including pre-cooked meals. I try and make everything from scratch now. Also due to the reduction in heartburn I can now tolerate heat and spices in my dishes which previously would have caused grief.
So I can talk more at length about this if anyone is interested in getting a discussion going, I'm kind of just throwing it out there..