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Mark C
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   Posted 1/10/2006 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I have experienced a lot of relief from heartburn while following a strict low-carb diet.  My goal was to eliminate heartburn without having to resort to medication, which has some really unpleasant side effects.  I made it. I suffered for years, and I'm now heartburn-free.  By all means, though, research the diet thoroughly before undertaking it.  It's not for everyone, and it's hard to give up pasta, potatoes and pizza, not to mention beer!

Mark C
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   Posted 1/10/2006 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jennifer:


Thanks for the welcome, it's nice to be here.  For years, I was addicted to Tums and an occasional bicarbonate of soda (works great, but tastes terrible), but in the last couple of years the antacids worked less and less, the heartburn growing more unbearable.  My doctor said it was a sign of growing older, and he recommended medication (I now have a new doctor).

I've tried diet modification, drinking vinegar, drinking lemon juice, avoiding peppermint and spicy foods, tomato sauce, beer and wine and dairy products, to which I was always told I had a lactose intolerance.  I've tried Prilosec and Zantac and hated them. Both caused stomach upset, nausea, and unnatural #2s.

I read some stuff about a low carb diet for heartburn, followed it, and have been heartburn-free since.  The reversal is so dramatic that I'd like to tell others about it.




Mark C
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   Posted 1/11/2006 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Did I say 'old age?' Bite your tongue. Heartburn and reflux occur at any age. Mine had occurred for years.
Luckily, I ran across information that a low-carb diet might alleviate symptoms. Although initially I was skeptical, I desperately wanted to be off the medication, and be heartburn free. I got what I wanted.
I'll concede that low-carbing isn't for everyone. What works for me might not work for someone else. Considering the lack of published information on the effects of low-carbing on heartburn, however, I think it's worth mentioning as a relatively safe treatment option, don't you? I mean, the medical profession wants everyone to believe the only solution is the purple pill. That's just wrong.

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   Posted 1/16/2006 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   


I too have found relief with the low carb approach.  It can be a pain to not eat pasta, pizza and the likes, but it is much better than the acid.  When I do eat carbs, I must be very careful.  If I overload, I will feel it within hours.  I can eat chocolate and ice cream, but who needs that sugar?!  People are always amazed when I tell them it is the carbs that bother me and not the spice.

Glad you figured out how to control your acid reflux.



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   Posted 1/18/2006 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hell all. I have one question concerning low carbs. There are 2 different types of carbs.

1- COMPLEX CARBOHEIDRATES = (Breads, noodles, grains, cereals, potatoes, nuts, seeds, lentils and peas, vegetables, and some fruit.

2- SIMPLE CARBOHEIDRATES = (Sugars, honey corn and some fruits)

I know that the simple carbs are not so good for you anyway but the complex carbs are essential to heath right. Are you all saying to not eat these things any more and if not what is a normal portion for us heartburn sufferers?

Post Edited By Moderator (~Jennifer~) : 1/19/2006 8:14:42 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/22/2006 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I too am looking into a diet like this.  What kind of carbs CAN you have??  A person needs some carbs so which ones are the best?

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   Posted 1/23/2006 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mark,
I'm glad you low-carb diet has given you relief. I have wanted to trythis for sometime now, but had a weight issue to consider. But, I have gained the desired weight and am now looking into limiting my carb intake to see if this really proves beneficial as others proclaim.

I have monitored my carb intake for the last two days, hopefully, will see some noticeable improvements soon.

Nancy, I am using my Atkins & Vegetarian books which have carb counters in them.....Check with Dr prior too altering diet or meds...Good luck...Will let everyone know if this proves helpful for me, but I'm also taking my meds..Oh, i'm basically eating Salads outside of breakfast....Iceburg Lettuce, fresh Spinach leaves, fresh mushrooms, ham & american cheese w/blue cheese dressing. Will find other foods that I may like...Will also try the mashed cauliflower today.
My advice or comments are In My Opinion,given out of friendship and love for fellow men & woman.  Please always check w/DR on new, or persistant symptoms.

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   Posted 1/26/2006 8:44 AM (GMT -6)
This site is great for low carb recipes.
I have been using the low carb approach and it does work for me. Might not work for everyone, but I think that any problems people are having on the low carb diet might be an increase of fat due to the meats they are eating as a substitute for the carbs. Just my opinion on this but fat can cause digestive problems if you cannot digest it properly or have a problem with your Gall Bladder.
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