GERD and relief with high protein?

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   Posted 12/20/2005 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I just heard this the other day. I use to be on a low carb diet and remember now, I never use to have problems with my GERD while I was on it. I've been off it now for almost a year and guess what? I have been getting progressively worse. I am on Prilosec 2x a day and about a month or so ago, the Dr. put me on Zantac 2x a day too. So I'm on 4 pills a day for this dang GERD. I want to find an anwer other than pills! I've tried the low carb the last few days and have been a little better. What I read was you had to go down to only 20 carbs a day for about a week or until the symptoms go away and then you can go back up to about 70 carbs.
My question is....has anybody heard of this or even tried it?

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   Posted 12/21/2005 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Some people certainly report feeling better on low carb diets. A low carb diet doesn't seem to work for everybody, though. It has helped me. I don't measure out the number of carbs (20, 70) etc. and haven't cut out "good carbs" with high fiber content. I have cut way back on things like pasta, bread, etc., and my pain has gone down.

There are a lot of threads that talk about low carb diets. Do a search on Dr. Norm -- he is a very strong advocate of this approach.

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   Posted 1/21/2012 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Restricting my carbs seems to help me as well
But I haven't cut all carbs (I still drink soja milk, with oatmeal or all bran cereal every morning)

I started suspecting that after keeping a food log:
bread, crackers, pasta, but specially any food or drink with sugar seems to increase the feeling of a sour mouth later on

Otherwise I would have always blame it to the more-likely suspects such as spices, onions, peppers or red meats.

Hope I'll be able to step down from nexium 40 soon! :)

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   Posted 1/22/2012 2:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I recently had the Nissen Fundo for my 13 year battle with reflux, and the Barrett's Esophagus that surfaced over the past couple years. Had the surgery 6 weeks ago. Prior to the surgery I spoke to 4 people personally that had the surgery. 2 of them, one a doctor friend of mine, said that they did low carb first and really found relief. One decided to go ahead with the surgery because esophagus cancer runs in his family and he wanted the added extra protection. He still swears by the low carb, as does the doctor.

I still decided to have the surgery due to Barrett's and the fact that meds were just not doing the trick. Also, I can only do low carb for so long - life long constipation and low carb always makes mine worse. At the 6 week point I am having reflux symptoms, so I purchased a book recently regarding low carb eating for GERD. I see my surgeon again in a couple weeks, but I figure it cannot hurt to give the diet a try. I think it is by Dr. Norm? Can't remember. I am waiting on it to arrive. Good luck!!

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   Posted 1/22/2012 5:48 AM (GMT -6)   
By accident a while ago I came across a group of GERD sufferers on a different forum, centred around "going paleo". The website was basically about Stone Age Diet, which is an alternate version of low carb. Certainly there were some keen followers of the paleolithic man diet, who felt that their GERD was much improved by it.

New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

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   Posted 1/22/2012 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
MMM, I saw a forum (maybe the same one!) that said very similar things.

I've never tried it, but a friend of mine (without GERD) tried paleo and said his energy level was great on it. He stopped because the diet was too restrictive, but heh heh, none of us here are strangers to that!

Good luck! If you try it, let me know.

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   Posted 1/22/2012 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
No I've not tried it - don't think any of these special diets fit well with family life :-/

I seem to remember it was a fitness or body building site primarily and they were using the paleo diet for muscle building? But within that there was this group saying "hey my GERD is better!".

New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma
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