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    I've had terrible heartburn for the last couple of weeks. This is not at all typical for me. I never had heartburn until I was pregnant with my first and only had it when pregnant until after number 3. I get it very rarely, but recently it's all the time. Tums do nothing. Any cures?

  • #2
    Have you been eating more sweet potatoes recently?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by animalcule View Post
      Have you been eating more sweet potatoes recently?
      No sweet potatoes. I can't imagine that it is food-related. I've been primal for 20 months. Bacon and eggs everyday, a salad now and then (not as often as I should), some dairy (cream for my tea, butter - lots of butter), other meats for dinner.

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      • #4
        I'm sure that someone will advise you to see a professional, but until then... I always drink a glass of water 30 minutes prior to eating. Pickles help with heartburn too (at least for me). Or, drink water with a little apple cider vinegar in it.

        I used to have heartburn so bad that I took two Prilosec a day and that was before I cut out soda for good. After I had my gall bladder out, no more heartburn problems.

        (If anyone thinks this information is incorrect, I welcome corrections since I'm so new!)

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        • #5
          i get heart burn after eating too much acidic food like tomato sauce
          beautiful
          yeah you are

          Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
          lol

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          • #6
            Could you be developing an egg intolerance?
            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

            http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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            • #7
              It is a "check with your doctor" issue, only because it can indicate something more dire, such as gall bladder disease, which things need to be ruled out.

              Meanwhile, you can add these info-bits to your memory file on heartburn, which is a very common affliction.

              Sometimes you can develop a reducible hiatal hernia -- a bit of the stomach getting snared in the opening of your diaphragm -- that feels like heartburn. Bad hiatal hernias need surgical repair, so, again, if this is a persistent problem, see your doctor. There are a couple of natural ways to reduce a mild occasional one. One method is to drink a big healthy glass of water and do a little bouncy dance while relaxing your abs. I am not making that up. Another is to lie on your back, relax your whole belly, and use the knuckle side of your fist to gently massage downward from your last ribs down and out toward your pelvis. I find the second method more reliable.

              The most common causes of heartburn are dehydration and too-tight clothing. Ditch the jeggings. Corsets and anything like them are not primal!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by slacker View Post
                It is a "check with your doctor" issue, only because it can indicate something more dire, such as gall bladder disease, which things need to be ruled out.

                Meanwhile, you can add these info-bits to your memory file on heartburn, which is a very common affliction.

                Sometimes you can develop a reducible hiatal hernia -- a bit of the stomach getting snared in the opening of your diaphragm -- that feels like heartburn. Bad hiatal hernias need surgical repair, so, again, if this is a persistent problem, see your doctor. There are a couple of natural ways to reduce a mild occasional one. One method is to drink a big healthy glass of water and do a little bouncy dance while relaxing your abs. I am not making that up. Another is to lie on your back, relax your whole belly, and use the knuckle side of your fist to gently massage downward from your last ribs down and out toward your pelvis. I find the second method more reliable.

                The most common causes of heartburn are dehydration and too-tight clothing. Ditch the jeggings. Corsets and anything like them are not primal!
                No corsets around here! Hoping it's not a hernia - really not interested in surgery. I'm wondering if it, too, could be a hormonal thing. I've had a lot of queasiness and headaches lately. I'll be 41 in a couple weeks and things are starting to get a little out of whack, hormonally speaking. It would be great to be able to ease the symptom, though.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JenCat View Post
                  I've had terrible heartburn for the last couple of weeks. This is not at all typical for me. I never had heartburn until I was pregnant with my first and only had it when pregnant until after number 3. I get it very rarely, but recently it's all the time. Tums do nothing. Any cures?
                  Could be your Gall-bladder is going bad.. that is what happened to me..

                  1. Has your stool been strangely loose lately?
                  2. Have you been having sharp pains that seem to shoot from your chest area to your back?
                  3. Have you been having more "attacks" more and more frequently..

                  If any of these are symptoms.. go get the gall bladder checked.. GOOD LUCK!!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by coach81 View Post
                    Could be your Gall-bladder is going bad.. that is what happened to me..

                    1. Has your stool been strangely loose lately?
                    2. Have you been having sharp pains that seem to shoot from your chest area to your back?
                    3. Have you been having more "attacks" more and more frequently..

                    If any of these are symptoms.. go get the gall bladder checked.. GOOD LUCK!!!
                    Yikes! None of those symptoms - thankfully. Are you okay now?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jammies View Post
                      Could you be developing an egg intolerance?
                      Oh, I hope not. That would be really bad!

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                      • #12
                        There is such a wealth of remedies posted for heartburn, more than a million hits.
                        Google this: "heartburn remedies"

                        Apple Cider Vinegar is listed many times in the above search.

                        Grizz

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Grizz View Post
                          There is such a wealth of remedies posted for heartburn, more than a million hits.
                          Google this: "heartburn remedies"

                          Apple Cider Vinegar is listed many times in the above search.

                          Grizz
                          Thanks, Grizz. You'd think the acidity would make it worse. I'll try anything!

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                          • #14
                            Hi JenCat-
                            I've been a frequent heartburn sufferer due to years of poor eating habits that help me develop a hiatal hernia. The only natural solution that is helpful for me is Aloe Vera juice. There are some versions out there that you can get in health food stores that can get quite expensive, but the good news is that you only need a 1/4 cup per day if that is your only choice. But the least expensive product, which worked just as well for me is the "Fruit of the Earth" Aloe Vera juice that is sold in gallon jugs at my local Walmart store for less than $15, and if you google it, it is even cheaper.

                            If your heartburn is due to a stress thing, or something else that is temporary, this is a GREAT option that can help you get back on track. However, I do recommend being checked out fully. And realize that if you try the Aloe and it starts to feel better, it doesn't mean that it isn't still occurring, as i found out...

                            Being on many of those heartburn drugs regularly (IMHO) is not as bad as: A) the discomfort of heartburn; B) the damage stomach acid can do to your esophagus over the long run; C) the damage you can do to your LUNGS, if it goes up your esophagus and you breathe your stomach acid back down... believe me... i've done it. Although since going primal, I now take only 1 prevacid/day instead of 2. And my heartburn is still 1/10th of what it was before PB, so I'd agree with you and say that I doubt PB is causing your heartburn. Good luck and hope it heals quickly.

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                            • #15
                              I notice I get heartburn if I drink too much liquid with a meal. I now limit my liquids to 4-5 oz with meals or even none at all.

                              Even though you aren't pregnant, you might try some of the suggestions I give to the pregnant mamas I work with:

                              Baking soda (1 teaspoon in 1 cup of water)
                              Panda licorice flavored with herbs.

                              Make sure you are indeed having a problem of too much acid. Most of the time, the real problem is too little and a little apple cider vinegar in water works for that.

                              Papaya enzymes help with heartburn as well, as does aloe vera.

                              Some interesting info
                              http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/...html#Heartburn

                              Homeopathics may help:
                              Nux vomica
                              Capsicum Annuum
                              http://www.naturaleco.com/natural-re...y-relief.shtml
                              http://homeopathy-tips.blogspot.com/...tburn-and.html
                              You can also refine the remedy using this site http://www.abchomeopathy.com


                              Herbal remedies:
                              ~anise or fennel seed tea after meals
                              ~slippery elm is mucilaginous and soothes the stomach and lining of your esophagus

                              Susun Weed says severe heartburn can usually be allayed by eating a teaspoon of slippery elm powder mixed with some honey.

                              Make sure you eat naturally fermented foods on a regular bases, like once a day. Those provide natural enzymes and probiotics that help with digestion.
                              Ancestral Nutrition Coaching
                              Pregnancy Nutrition Coaching
                              Primal Pregnancy Nutrition Article

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