Polite bump :-)
Ive read a lot of threads on here, but was hoping to get some tailored suggestions.
Ive had GERD for about 11 years and have been on a PPI ever since. Prior to the GERD I had put on 60lb in one year. I woke up one day with pain so bad I couldn't work. I was drinking to much, eating to much, stressful job and was obese. So looking back it makes sense. However instead of talking to me about my diet, lifestyle and weight, the doctor gave me the PPI and I continued that lifestyle up until recently. Ive developed a lot of other health problems since, which I think are related to permeable gut etc.
So Ive always natural been a paleo style eater, but Ive now cut out all grains, sugar, processed food etc. Im basically eating a variant of what fodmaps, gaps and k kresser suggest.
Still not doing very good, WHATEVER I eat gives me GERD. Not necessarily acidy as Im still taking the PPI, but everything gets a bit burpy and refluxy. I feel very tender around the esophagus region when food goes down too.
Im currently about 50lb overweight and its dropping nicely. I think weight, or more to the point fat around the internals is squeezing my stomach so I have less room for food hence why it comes out. Plausible?
So what Im hoping is the more weight I lose the lesser a problem GERD becomes. Because all foods are trigger foods for me, where as before the weight gain 12 years ago, I had no trigger foods.
I believe I have a permeable gut. I have intense IBS etc. I also think my bacteria is out fo whack, perhaps to do with throwing up so much after hard nights drinking. Ive also developed an auto immune condition.
So Im a bit confused where to start. Ive basically done 30 days of a strict protocol with no joy. Perhaps the gut needs to be healed more intensely I dont know.....
Thank you in advance :-)
Polite bump :-)
both gerd and ibs are manifestations -- not diseases, per se.
other than eating primal what are you doing about healing your gut? bone broth? fermented foods? how is your sleep?
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bone broth, green juice, glutamine, good fats, probiotics, digestive enzymes.
im yet to try stopping the PPI and using the hcl/pentin tablets i read in kressers document.
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Really do try Chris Kresser's suggestions with the enzymes and betaine HCL. It could help immensely.
If it were me, I'd immediately ditch the PPI's and begin a Betaine HCL protocol. Read the following:
p.s. I'm not a doctor, medical professional, psychic medium, or in any other way qualified to diagnose, treat, advise, suggest things to, entertain, or educate you in any way.
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Yes to small doses of betaine HCL (but don't become reliant on it), feel free to ad-lib on the digestive enzymes though! Start with large doses of those and titrate down over time as your GERD gets better.
Another option is a strong tincture of digestif bitters such as this:
About Bitters | Urban Moonshine
As the website states, the bitter flavors tell your body that food is coming, so placing some under the tongue for a few minutes about fifteen minutes before you eat will tell your body that it is time to start producing saliva and stomach acid which will both majorly assist in digesting your food. You can find bitters at any health food store or liquor store (since they're often included in alcoholic cocktails). You don't need to buy a brand specifically marketed for the digestive and health benefits, any brand of "bitters" should do the trick.
Bitters are, overall, safer than betaine HCL because instead of "replacing" your body's natural HCL content (which can shut off your natural production), it actually signals your body to produce MORE naturally.
Edit: Squeezing and then drinking the juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon or lime can also assist in digestion. It's an acid in the stomach and will assist in the breakdown of food, so take a few minutes before you eat. Bonus, once it's out of the stomach and in your blood and other cells, lemon or lime juice is one of the BEST net akalinizers you can intake for the body!
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