managing LPR/GERD symptoms in athletes

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   Posted 6/15/2014 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone, after extensive research online I've "self diagnosed" with having LPR (chronic cough, lump in throat, no heartburn, etc). I'm on a PPI but symptoms persist, especially when exercising. I'm a triathlete and have to replenish carbs, electrolytes and sodium when training, especially on long days and during the summer. All the sports drinks/foods have citric acid in them and they seem to be making my symptoms worse. Any suggestions from the forum? Would love a way to replenish my nutritional needs during training with something that doesn't make me cough all the time. My endoscopy showed extreme scarring on my esophagus....I'm worried I'm headed towards Barrett's Esophagus :(

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   Posted 6/16/2014 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Anne,

Have you thought about making your own drinks - such as alkaline drinks which will give you vitamins without the acid - see Kris Carrs book, there are also plenty of books on Amazon that are for reducing acid in your diet.
If your endoscopy is showing extensive scarring on your oesophagus if it was me I would be looking for a surgical route, so that you could continue with your training without worrying that you are doing further damage, had your consultant ever mentioned anything?

I'm sure others will be along soon with good ideas, alkaline water works for some, doesn't seem to help my LPR though.

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   Posted 6/23/2014 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Anne- I'm 29, and I run about 20-25 miles a week, along with weights and spinning. I have been diagnosed with IBS and LPR. I have an ongoing issue with major ear pain (and hearing loss) and coughing after I eat and during my runs.

I have been using ElectroMix as an electrolyte supplement. I highly recommend it! It has no sugar but the right kinds of minerals to keep you hydrated. It's a little tart, but worth every dime, in my opinion.

I am with you in the misery though. I can only imagine how much worse off I would be if I didn't exercise. Kudos to you for staying active!

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   Posted 6/23/2014 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I read a long time ago (in this book I think: that sports drinks are hideously overpowered and you can and should dilute them considerably.

The reason for their strength is no one selects a drink based on it containing a sensible amount of what you need. We all compare drinks and select the one with the absolute maximum content.

Maybe it would help if you just chose your favourite, most citrus free drink and just dilute it?

I'm no expert, just a suggestion.

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