Healthy eating during pregnancy
If the condition is severe, the person can develop ulcers, bleeding, and blood loss. Over-the-counter (OTC) antacids and acid blockers are the most commonly used medicines for treating heartburn. Along with diet and lifestyle changes, they can help relieve the symptoms of occasional heartburn. I suffer from acid reflux and chronic heartburn. I take Zantac everyday and it does help however some days it’s really bad and I have found that drinking a can of Sprite works wonders!!
For breakfast you can enjoy a glass of kefir or have it in a bowl with blueberries. Kefir is a cultured food that has great anti-inflammatory properties and can ease symptoms of acid reflux. Kefir is filled with Lactobacillus bacterium plus many other probiotics.
Gut health is a major issue – 60 to 70 million Americans have digestive diseases. I’m super passionate about this topic and it’s finally time for me to share my healing methods with you. Some of these methods will be holistic and some will be based on Western medicine. But the most important method of all is the spiritual healing.
The entrance to the stomach is protected by the lower esophageal sphincter, or the LES. A sphincter is a circular muscle that closes or opens the entrance or exit of a tubular structure.
I had a stomach stapling in 1985 to save my life. That it did but in the end, how much am I losing? I started having reflux immediately after surgery. The doctor didn’t want to admit there was a problem so he ignored it until I became a pain in the neck.
Some folks, like my husband, have a stomach of steel and can eat fruit after meals and mix grains with protein. If you have any GI issues I recommend talking with your GI doctor about what is healthiest for you and whether there are certain food combinations you should avoid. Put your digestion first. I don’t recommend one diet for everyone because people’s microbiomes are so different.
- If you are suffering from an excessive amount of hydrochloric acid in your stomach, you need to visit your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.
- I hate the fact that I can’t have coffee, tomatoes, spicy food or a glass of wine every now and then.
- It is very hard and I feel that people who say “it’s just heartburn” are very ignorant.
- People with low stomach acid may need to take specific supplements to compensate for the lack of acid.
- Much better!
What is GERD?
I am 60 years, just retired after 25 years in a very stressful job, which I did at least 2000 miles a week driving. It was really causing problems about 8 years ago so I decided to go to the doctor, who did an endoscope to see if I had an ulcer. He suggested it was a Hiatal hernia, and advised me to lose weight round my waist. However I tried antacids as a short term fix which helped immediately. I have been dealing with GERD now for 8 months.
I know that I should not be eating late at night and should only have small meals but I’m human and sometimes I crave these foods and want to have them but boy, do I suffer the consequences! Last night for instance I had some bean chili with mixed greens and a touch of yogurt and that was it. The bloating sensation, nausea and headache started almost instantly and lasted throughout the night and have not subsided even in the morning. I woke up wanting to throw up but simply couldn’t so now I can’t go to work and sitting at home feeling miserable.
Nevertheless, he has instructed me to double up on the PPI at least until he schedules a repeat endoscopy in 6 months (and I strongly suspect he will then recommend my staying on that regimen for life.) He claims that many my age (77) are on this dosage of a proton pump inhibitor for the long term without ill effect, and he says my complete lack of symptoms is due to the fact that my reflux does not reach high enough for me to be aware of it. Still, I am very apprehensive about this high dosage every day, although after a week on this increased dosage I have experienced only slight, intermittent stomach pain but more frequent nighttime bloating and gas. I have read that this high dosage, at my age, can make one more susceptible to fractures (blocks absorption of calcium?) and I am an active skier.
By the time I was 18 and starting my first year of college, the heartburn was so bad that I could no longer sleep laying down and had to prop a pillow up against the wall near my bed and attempt to get a couple hours of sleep every night. Eventually the heartburn became so bad that I was experiencing it all day long and not just at night time. When I was 19 I went to see a gastroenterologist who did an upper endoscopy and diagnosed me with GERD and told me that I had esophageal ulcers. Between the age of 19 and now at age 27 I have tried almost every single medication that is out there for GERD. They all worked great for a while and then after a year or so they would stop being effective.
I have anxiety about going to bed because I have woken up many nights with rapid heart rates, bloating, gas, pain. I know that there are people suffering worse illnesses than me but I sometimes I just can’t help but get really down about it. I stopped seeing the specialists because they couldn’t find a diagnosis. I began seeing a doctor who is a regular primary care doctor, not a specialist!