Re: Acid reflux and gluten
I eat a very healthy diet and have recently been struggling with acid reflux as well. Part of it has to do with taking Prozac, which I started recently. As I started taking it, my acid reflux was bad enough that I was not able to exercise without vomiting. It was really gross and annoying! My pharmacist suggested I try taking that pill at night, and it helps, but I still get mild acid reflux and I have a VERY sensitive stomach.
My stomach has been sensitive even before taking Prozac. I used to drink lots of milk every day, but one day I just couldn't tolerate it AT ALL anymore. It was quite sudden. Now I have to drink lactose-free milk. I can eat some dairy products in moderation, but not all of them. I was disappointed that greek yogurt was one of the dairy products I just can't eat.
For my acid reflux, I have to limit how many fruits/vegetables I have if they are quite acidic. I don't eat citrus fruits much at all because they bother me very much. I love pinapple, but it irritates my mouth, throat, AND gives me acid reflux, so I gave it up. I have to make sure to NOT eat fruit on an empty stomach or I'll get acid reflux. I find it helpful to eat something else beforehand. Same with any juices. I can't be drinking anything with juice or a juicy food and then go do something active. Soup as well! I feel that it really limits what I can eat. I do eat a lot of chicken, which is a safe food for me. I just keep it simple chicken breast and I enjoy salad greens, like baby spinach, romaine, and spring mix. When it comes to fruit, I just try to eat it slowly and eat it with something else. I drink mostly water.
As for gluten products, I do use a flourless bread (Ezekiel sprouted grain bread). I notice that whole wheat sometimes makes me feel very bloated. It doesn't really cause acid reflux for me though, but I'll get a swollen feeling in my belly and have to burp a lot to the point where it's painful if I can't. I can't eat wheat pasta or it bothers me a LOT. I just gave up pasta for this reason and I just have small servings of wheat items. I mostly eat my Ezekiel bread and now it tastes the best to me too (and is the most satisfying). Usually I'm fine with white bread, but I try to not eat it much since it isn't as good for you. Over time, I've learned that sometimes I need to let myself eat something that may not be the healthiest, because my stomach just can't handle something else. I just try to keep those things in small amounts!
Good luck and I hope you are able to find out what is causing it. Try to keep a food journal for a little while to see if you can identify any patterns. A food sensitivity specialist is helpful too, although I have never seen one myself. I've heard that these are hard to find, as most specialists are for food ALLERGIES, which are more severe than the sensitivities. I don't have any food allergies, but I have a ton of sensitivities that make me feel pretty icky! I want to look into this one day to figure out if there is anything I am missing that doesn't work well for my stomach.
I notice that I sometimes eat the same things over and over, so every now and then I track all of my food in a free calorie/nutrient calculator to make sure I'm well in balance of my needs for calories, fats, protein, carbs, etc. It's a great way to keep track!
Last edited by tUrRrRa; 10-09-2009 at 03:08 PM.