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    I read Practical Paleo this weekend and found it quite interesting that heartburn is caused by a lack of acid in the stomach, and that taking things like Zantac can actually keep nutrients from being digested in our bodies.

    That being said, I would really like to stop taking Zantac. I have been taking it for years, I have struggled with reflux and heartburn since I can remember. Has anyone out there used the suggestion of drinking lemon juice or vinegar before a meal in order to bring up HCl levels in the stomach and avoid heartburn? I would love to hear anyone's experience with it. It seems like it would have the opposite affect, but after thinking about it for awhile, it makes a lot of sense why it would work.

  • #2
    I got a roll of papaya enzyme tablets at the health food store when I quit my PPI after going Primal, they helped a great deal. It was rough for the first couple of weeks, but I felt great afterward. I also found Axia3 at the drugstore when I was having a vicious rebound (brought on by cheating and eating grain), I think it's better than traditional antacids when you're in a pinch because it also contains digestive enzymes and probiotics.

    Chris Kresser has a great series of articles on the subject: Get rid of heartburn and GERD forever in three simple step

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    • #3
      DH has found that he hasn't been able to completely do w/o his Prilosec, but he now takes it every other day and hopes to gradually cut back more. He is taking some digestive enzymes and hopes to move to taking them only over time.
      Starting Weight: 197.5
      Current Weight: 123
      Far healthier!

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      • #4
        eliminating grains and krap industrial oils generally help heal issues like this. your husband may also want to add a good probiotic and fermented foods to his day. it won't work overnight but he will get there.
        As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

        Ernest Hemingway

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        • #5
          I definitely second the probiotics, forgot to mention that.

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          • #6
            I am taking those already, but only for the last couple days.

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            • #7
              In DH's case, he's been off grains for over 2 years and also takes a probiotic. Maybe I can convince him on the fermented foods.
              Starting Weight: 197.5
              Current Weight: 123
              Far healthier!

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              • #8
                I'm sure you've tried a lot of things if you ended up taking medication... but I'll put out my suggestions just in case they're new to you.

                Have you ever read into the acid/alkaline diet? Before I found primal, it was my go-to dietary guideline... they advise a 60/40 alkaline to acid food ratio in the diet to prevent disease, an 80/20 ratio if you're already sick... Some Googling will show you lists of which foods are which...it's not always what you think, citrus fruits are very alkaline, for example, iirc. Cutting sneaky things like peanut butter really helped me beat my issues with heartburn.

                Another thing (probably common sense) is too much sodium. This is the #1 thing that triggers heartburn for me. It's hard because I like a sprinkle of salt on everything.. but it adds up quickly.

                And if your heartburn bothers you while you're laying down, try lying on your left side, it's proven to ease symptoms.

                As far as I see it (and I'm young and without any serious health issues, so take my advice with a grain of salt) there is no reason someone should need to be on meds for something like this. Eat more salad, less salt and less acid-forming food. This worked for me--I used to eat less carefully and I thought heartburn was just a fact of life! It's great to be finally in control of it and I hope my advice helps you at least a little!

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                • #9
                  Thank you for the suggestions, I will look into it!!

                  Honestly, I haven't tried much else to help with the heartburn. I mean, this is something that started for me well over ten years ago, and back then I ate SAD, partied way too hard, etc. It's only fairly recently that I found Primal, and even more recently that I have decided that I would like to not have to take any medications if I can possibly help it. So I was pretty interested when I read about heartburn in Practical Paleo and it would be great if I could manage it without the use of meds.

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                  • #10
                    Have you actually tried to stop taking it yet?

                    I only ask because after I read bad things about Zyrtec (for allergies), I quit taking it in July. After taking that or Claritin year-round for over 10 years, I surprisingly didn't have many allergy symptoms when I stopped. My eye flared up last week, but I took 2 benedryl over two days and was fine. (Obviously not the same condition as heartburn, but thought I'd share/compare. . .)

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                    • #11
                      Apple Cider Vinegar!

                      Get the raw kind from Braggs. Seriously, this stuff is like a cure-all for all sorts of stomach issues but particularly heartburn and indigestion. This stuff saved my butt when I was pregnant, and I strangely craved the taste of ACV in water at that time, ha!

                      1 tbsp in water, a little honey if you like.
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                      • #12
                        I too used to eat zantac like candy through the day just to keep the horrible heartburn to a manageable level. I'm talking 2 tablets at a time 3 or 4 times a day. BUT, within a few days of going Primal, the heartburn completely stopped. I believe (for me) it is the wheat that causes it. If I eat something with very much wheat in it these days, I still get heartburn (wheat and sugar together kill me!). But as cavebabymama says, Braggs ACV in some water stops it in it's tracks. I just stay away from wheat now though as it's just not worth it to me.

                        I wish you luck as I know how miserable this can be!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cavebabymama View Post
                          Apple Cider Vinegar!

                          Get the raw kind from Braggs. Seriously, this stuff is like a cure-all for all sorts of stomach issues but particularly heartburn and indigestion. This stuff saved my butt when I was pregnant, and I strangely craved the taste of ACV in water at that time, ha!

                          1 tbsp in water, a little honey if you like.
                          The apple cider vinegar really does work. I just half fill a shot glass with it, top it off with tap water and down it. The heartburn goes away pretty much immediately.

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                          • #14
                            Ok, so I tried to not take the Zantac this morning. I ate my breakfast around 10 and by 11 I had to take a Zantac.

                            I was bloated, burping and could hardly get through my workout because my food kept coming back up on me. I am going to get the apple cider vinegar and do that before eating tomorrow. I have high hopes!!!

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                            • #15
                              I bought some Braggs last night!!! Totally excited and hoping it works for me today! Fingers crossed!

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