I have had GERD for a couple of years. It’s mostly under control, but I know I don’t eat foods that help the situation. GERD is complicated. It’s not necessarily too much acid in your stomach, it could be a combination of that and a ‘broken’ flap that separates your stomach and esophagus, or it could be too little acid. Whichever it is, you can control it by diet – which I am apparently not very good at.
When I was on a full paleo diet – striving and thriving – I had little to no issues with pretty much anything. No acid reflux, cramps were almost non-existent, my legs didn’t hurt, my joints didn’t hurt.
Now I’m almost always feeling uncomfortable. I take some vitamins, probably not all the ones I should be taking – but I do take some. But I really think I need to focus on diet, and less drinking. I think a relatively low carb paleo diet would be a certain solution for this. I have been here before – and my mental game is weak…but if I can keep my focus for a few weeks, I will succeed.
So from my understanding if you lack stomach acid, all the carbs that I eat (most of the time) won’t be absorbed, they will ferment, and unwanted bacteria will be able to grow. Just like the sugar in kombucha is there for the bacteria to grow and ferment, it’s the same with your intestines.
Overloading carbs and booze is the perfect recipe for GERD to never go away, ever. And quite frankly, I’m over it. I also never want to go down some path where I need surgery – or something worse happens. Need to take care of this ASAP.
Over the last 2 years, I didn’t really focus on caring about myself. There was just too much going on in my life. I couldn’t focus on anything but trying to make it through the day.
So starting right now – no more grains, dairy, gluten, or processed foods (and way less alcohol).
Need to eat animal proteins, fresh veggies (allergic to a lot of fruits), and mostly try to eliminate any foods that have been processed. I will give it 2 weeks, and then I will let you know how my GERD is feeling.
“You have this one life. Be brave. Believe in yourself.
Do what feels good. Take risks. Make yourself proud.”