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--- If you've ever had heartburn in your life, how did you treat it?

I've been having heartburn for a while, it goes up and down. the past few days have been bad..
i've tried prilosec before, it worked for some time but then it made me really sick. i don't really like being on drugs.

i guess the only other option is to change my diet. but i'm having a really really hard time sticking to a bland, salad rich diet. sigh. but today's a new day, I'll go to central market and grab more greens. maybe more cheese.. or something to trick me to eat it.

*feeling sorry for myself*

update: so i went to central market, got myself fresh celery and cumcumber juice.. and spent lots of money buying salads, dressing, things to trick me to eat salad like proscuitto, pancetta, blue cheese, brie, piave.. and other proteins (ox-tail).. I love meat. So hopefully I can get on a low-carb, high fiber, protein diet.

I guess I've to trick myself into eating fruits and cheese for dessert, like the french. instead of my fav chocolates.



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Jan. 16th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
I switched to high green (especially broccoli), low grease, sugar, starch, and dairy diet for a day or so, and it went away altogether. Lots of water was a help too. Your initial diet is probably quite different from mine, so my experience might be of no use to you.

Jan. 16th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
no that sounds about right.
low carb diets seem to help lots of people...
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Carbs are an important part of a healthy diet. Cutting them out makes your body think it's starving for fuel. And that's a great way to lose weight at first, but ultimately it messes up your metabolism. Atkins is not a good diet!

(My source for this info came from a lot of places, but the most entertaining one was an episode of Penn & Teller's "Bullshit!" I love that show even when it's ripping into my most treasured beliefs.)
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
actually, i don't believe that carbs like flour/sugar/pasta/rice are good for you. That said, I am addicted to chocolate and rice and cakes. But if I could cut off the cord, I would

Gary Taubes:
What if it has all be a big fat lie.

His book came out this year, and it is *dense* with scientific studies and research. I bought it, but my eyes glazed over it.


Humans evolved eating fruits/veggies and protein. Grains are relatively new evolutionary wise. And the obscene amount of sugar we're eating nowadays is off the charts.

That said. I love me my chocolate cakes.
Jan. 18th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
Fine, humans evolved to eat a lot of fruit, veggies, nuts, whatever, and smaller portions of fish, meat, etc.

But don't forget that an apple is like 10% carbs by weight, and sugars at that... There are plant-food other than grains that are high in carbs. People have been eating potato-like plants for a LONG time.
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Fine
yeah but fruits and grains.. totally different stuff.. and digest differently.
Jan. 19th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC)
Re: Fine
Certainly. Just don't drink -ALL- the Fedon Cool-Aid. I was just pointing out that allthough grains have "only" been significant in our diet for like a few thousand years, it's not as if carbohydrates as such are totally new to us.
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
If you have frequent heartburn, you should see a doctor. It could be the symptom of something that needs immediate attention, and not diet-related at all.

(I say this, because that was the case for me.)
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
i was having really bad problems with heartburn and stomach upset last fall (probably stress related)...even went to gastroenterologist (sp!). he put me on nexium and i changed my diet just a little. basically i didn't eat chocolate for a few weeks and tried to eat more salad. (i hate salad). then i felt better and went off the nexium and still feel fine.

but i agree with orangepaisley...if its really bothering you, you should probably see a doctor.
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
how long was your no-choc, salad diet?

Jan. 16th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
really just a couple of weeks. and the salad thing lasted only about one week. then my heartburn was feeling better most of the time, but i noticed that if i ate chocolate, it would get really bad. so i stopped that for a few weeks. now all i eat is chocolate :)

i'm sorry you're going through this. it totally sucks ass.
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)

i eat chocolate every day. ok. if you can do this.. so can i. i think. i'll keep away from chocolate for 2 weeks and see what happens.. for the rest of Jan.
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
maybe chocolate isn't a trigger for you...its just that i noticed that it was for me so i stopped eating it. but trust me, it was only bc i would feel so sick after eating it. had it just been some nebulous concern, i wouldn't have stopped.

(side note: is andy in town right now?)
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
there's a proven link between chocolate and the LES (lower easophagal sphincter) weakening. So it allows acid to flow past. Most of my issues is when I go to sleep, and the acid will back up.

yep, andy is in town..
Jan. 16th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hi Nadine, coming from a family that has suffered from reflux disease for ages, I can tell you pretty much that first off, you should go to the doctor and get it checked out. It's hard to tell the severity just from symptoms and it could be a symptom itself of somethig more serious.
Second, assuming it's not serious, you have 2 options, meds or diet. (In my family, we need both) As far as meds go, it's a see what works best for you situation. Prilosec and aciphex did nothing for me. My parents swear by zantac 150, I'm on daily prevacid which has been great, with a TUMS booster when I eat really bad.
As far as diet, be aware that if you're gonna go this route, you're going to lose a lot of yummy stuff. Here are some of the more common things that make heartburn happen/worse.
Fats including oils and cheese, chocolate, mint, garlic, red meat, and highly acidic foods (OJ, vinegar, tomatoes, lemon etc) basically your traditional italian meal. I thinkwine's on the list too, I forget.
Personally, I'm fine with taking a daily pill for the rest of my life to be able to eat what I like. Your views may differ :-)
Hope this helps.
Jan. 16th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
thanks for your feedback!

hopefully if i go the diet route, my body will heal itself enough to be able to handle chocolate again.
Jan. 17th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
My karate teacher had really bad heartburn and none of the meds seemed to do any good. She went with the change the diet approach, and apparently that worked wonders for her. However, once she was better, I THINK (not 100% positive) that she could eat some of the "bad" foods in moderation.
Jan. 17th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
do you know what her diet was like?..

i miss chocolate already.
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
I will ask. If you don't hear from in a few days, ping me. Just replying to this thread should send me an email. (I have become more forgetful)
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