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  • Primal and Heartburn

    This is my fist posting. I just started eating Primal about a week ago. The one thing I am noticing is severe heartburn and reflux. The only thing that has changed with my diet is that I removed grains and dairy. I have always had issues with reflux, but they were under control until I started eating Primal. It is as if the grains absorbed the acid, whereas now my increase in protein and elimination of grains has given me heartburn.

    Has anyone else had this happen? Any suggestions?

    Thanks!!

  • #2
    Hello and welcome to the forum, I have only been primal a month (as of today!) and my husband had the exact opposite happen, he was taking 2 prilosecs a day and using tums in between, He has only had heartburn twice in the last month and once it was because he cheated and ate sugar. I am sure the other members can help you more, hope it gets better for you as this is a way better way to live.
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    • #3
      I got reflux, heartburn, and even vomiting (from reflux) my first month - I started mainlining fat, lots of cream in particular, and my stomach couldn't handle it. After the breaking-in period I had the best digestion of my life in general, still do. However I don't tolerate spicy food well any more, when I used to have no problems - I think grains/legumes, which I used to eat a lot of, did provide a buffer.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the responses. I have a feeling it may be from increased fat intake. With eating a diet of primarily grains and not fat, the increased fat load could be doing it. I had a few macaroons made from coconuts the other night, some almond butter yesterday morning, and a NY Strip Steak last night with all the fat. I haven't had a steak like that in over 10 years since I gave up red meat. I have had other red meats over the past year,. just nothing as fatty (and delicious ). Hopefully the pain will subside over the next few days and I will reduce the amount of fat I am eating. I have been taking fish oil capsules, which never gave me a problem in the past, but maybe without the grains to help absorb them, those too are causing heartburn. How should I go about reintroducing fat so as not to get heartburn?

        Thanks again!

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        • #5
          Keith... it may help if you post some examples of your typical day (days). that might help the experts around here to see something that you aren't realizing is making the issue worse.
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          • #6
            I, like Fern's husband have had the opposite occur. No more reflux! It did take a few weeks before I noticed a change, though.

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            • #7
              One more chiming in for Primal eliminating chronic reflux. In fact, all it really took was eliminating grains - not even going full Primal. After just 3 days with no grains (specifically gluten grains) my reflux was gone. I've since gone completely Primal and have had it come back only one time: two days ago after eating a piece of fried chicken. It smelled so good I didn't even think about it being coated in flour and fried in (most likely) some type of vegetable oil.

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              • #8
                I don't think grains "absorb" acid. Rather, certain foods stimulate excess acid production, resulting in heartburn. I had heartburn all the time pre-primal, and now I have none (unless I have too much of the wrong things, like alcohol). What have you been eating?

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                • #9
                  maybe a HCl + pepside supplement would help to get over the initial hearburn stage but just the PB diet should do the trick if you give your body time to adjust
                  challenge yourself
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                  • #10
                    Thumbs up here too. Going primal has completely banished heartburn and reflux for me. Hang in there and I'm sure as soon as your body has adjusted to your new diet you won't have any more problems.

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                    • #11
                      I too have had the heartburn go away - well unless I get a supplement stuck LOL
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                      • #12
                        Thank you for all your responses. I am hopeful given that you all had remission of your heartburn symptoms. I ate some cereal this morning hoping it would help the symptoms. They have improved since yesterday, but are not gone. I know this will set me back and I plan on beginning no grains again tomorrow. As for what I ate the past few days which gave me heartburn:
                        Tues -
                        Breakfast:
                        Almond Butter
                        Canteloupe
                        Fish Oil Pills
                        Multi-Vitamin

                        Snack:
                        Cashews
                        Apple

                        Lunch:
                        Fajita Chicken with Onions, Bell Peppers a Portabello Mushrooms
                        Guacamole
                        Pico De Gallo

                        Dinner:
                        NY Strip Steak - A pinch of salt, olive oil and ground black pepper as seasoning
                        Salad with Honey and Mustard as dressing
                        Fish Oil Pill

                        Wed:
                        Breakfast:
                        Apple
                        Almond Butter
                        Fish Oil Pills
                        Multi-Vitamin

                        Lunch:
                        Greek Salad - Lettuce, grilled chicken, a little feta, EVOO & vinegar Greek dressing, carmelized onions

                        Dinner:
                        Stir Fried Chicken- Chicken cooked with Asian dressing (Sesame Oil and vinegar), Bell Peppers, carrots, and broccoli

                        I had very mild heartburn from Monday night, but really didn't get bad until after Tuesday's dinner. I am thinking too much food and too much fat.

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                        • #13
                          can you explain in which way will eating cereal help with heartburn?
                          challenge yourself
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                          • #14
                            Not sure how many actually add dairy to their primal diet, but really, caveman would have eaten the animal, not milked it. Imagine trying to milk a wild animal? Which tells me no dairy at all may help with the heartburn.

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                            • #15
                              My body took about 4-6 weeks to process the diet correctly. First few weeks I felt good but had "digestive issues". My gut did feel alittle too acidic at times (coming from a a hardcore vegetarian diet) Eliminating dairy and taking a porbiotic cleared all this up quickly. Are you eating your veggies?

                              I would also suggest replacing the fruit/nut butter breakfeast with animal fat/protein or IF
                              Last edited by MeatMe216; 04-09-2010, 06:29 AM.
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