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    Using a VLC diet to kick GERD

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    For the last 9 months, due to stress and too much work, I've gone way off the primal path with my diet. Too many carbs and grains and way too much beer and booze have given me a horrendous case of reflux.

    After reading the damage that long term reflux can do, I have been scared straight once gain. That and I really don't want to by a new set of pants for the expanding waist.

    Has any one here tried to use very low carb diet to eliminate acid reflux? If so, how long did it take before symptoms subsided? Any advice and guidance would be very much appreciated.

    I've already eliminated any alcohol, wheat and sugars. I just started the VLC meal plan with carbs under 20 grams a day.

    Any success stories? Thanks much,

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    you don't need to be vlc to beat back acid reflux. eliminating the toxins you know are troublesome really should do the trick. adding some resistant starch, tubers and fruit will help build back good gut bacteria as your next line of defense.
    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.

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    Excluding wheat & corn fixed mine very quickly (I count myself lucky since it can have various causes). Carbohydrate level didn't matter though.
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    Wow... That Hemingway quote made me hungry!

    My rationale for following a low carb diet to remove symtoms was the theory that reflux disease is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the digestive tract. Starving them of their favorite fuel source should tame the excess bacteria no?

    Thanks,

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    You may already be familiar with Norman Robillard and Fast Tract Digestion: Heartburn. If not, be sure to check out his Digestive Health Institute.

    According to Robillard, you do not have to be VLC. He distinguishes between (1) carbs that can be digested easily and quickly (and thus don't make it to the bacteria) and (2) carbs that are either slow-digesting or are problematic for some people to digest because of inadequate enzymes. It would be hard to eat high carb on Fast Tract, but there is no need to go so low as to be in ketosis and deal with its set of challenges.

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    Oddly enough, high fat foods/meals induce reflux in me. Test the waters if you feel it's necessary, but if you have the same or worse reaction then don't do it. VLC isn't necessary for most people. It can be a useful tool though.
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    Thanks Sharperhawk, I'll check that out.

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    Dr. Eric Westman, Duke internal medicine specialist, did a study a few years back, linked here. In short, it showed objective improvement in acid, reflux, and symptoms in just a few days. This mirrors my personal anecdotal experience. It took less than two weeks for my GERD to fricking VANISH on the Atkins-style low carb/somewhat ketogenic diet. And my wife commented, "Hey, I noticed that you have totally stopped snoring!" When you marry a southern country girl, tough as nails, it is fabulous when you stop snoring! Life is good with a rested wife.

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    VLC will only make gerd worse when you return to eating carbohydrates. This is a foolish approach as it does not treat the root cause of gerd and only manages symptoms while you are vlc.

    To truly beat gerd so that you can go back to eating anything with no symptoms a high carb approach should be taken. The problem is that when one already has gerd their metabolism is in a poor shape and many types of carbs will not be tolerated. The solution is to eat only easily digestible sources of carbohydrates like raw honey, fruit and fruit juices, white rice or white potato. Focus on eating mainly these foods until your gerd is no more.

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    Sea, we get it. High carbs, oj, and honey cure everything.
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