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Old 09-28-2009, 05:54 AM   #1
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Acid reflux and gluten

I have a very healthy diet and been treating my acid reflux with two doctors, but I've been wondering if anything in my healthy diet is still upsetting my stomach. Is there any connection with ingesting gluten present products and acid reflux?
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Re: Acid reflux and gluten

You can have a healthy diet, but you can still have digestive issues if your system has problems digesting gluten, fats, carbohydrates or protein. Your doctor ought to order a test to check for all these things.

Have you tried eliminating dairy? Lactose issues fall under the inability to digest carbs effectively.

For gluten, you can do a blood test, but a bowel biopsy is best as blood tests can turn up a fals negative/positive. Still, a blood test mightn't be a bad place to start.

Doctors often simply stick people onto acid reflux med's without getting to the bottom of the problem. So good luck in finding out what the problem is

 
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Re: Acid reflux and gluten

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I have a very healthy diet and been treating my acid reflux with two doctors, but I've been wondering if anything in my healthy diet is still upsetting my stomach. Is there any connection with ingesting gluten present products and acid reflux?
Thank you
Hi Lilian

I'm also from Brazil...

Would you mind sharing your current diet with us? What does your typical day look like in terms of eating? Maybe you are associating "wrong" foods... I mean, incompatible foods.

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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!

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Old 10-12-2009, 05:47 PM   #5
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Re: Acid reflux and gluten

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I have a very healthy diet and been treating my acid reflux with two doctors, but I've been wondering if anything in my healthy diet is still upsetting my stomach. Is there any connection with ingesting gluten present products and acid reflux?
Thank you
It depends if the gluten is in the food that typically causes reflux, like doughnuts or brownies. In general, I would say no.

 
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