- Reflux, or GERD, has been on the rise right along with high-carb diets eaten by many Americans.
- I started getting bad reflux--enough to put an ulcer in my esophagus--a few years after I started Body for Life, which involves eating a lot of carbohydrates.
- I was able to stop taking acid blockers only after I cut out wheat and cut down on sugars in all forms--both of these are carbohydrates.
- Protein has been shown to help close the lower esophageal muscle, which helps prevent acid reflux. (Protein, carbs and fat are the three basic food groups.)
- Some people report that Manuka Honey helps their acid reflux. Manuka Honey is strong enough to kill MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and Helicobacter pylori, a couple of die-hard infections. Maybe it kills gas-causing microorganisms, too.
In the past few weeks, I've cut back on carbs simply because, since I stopped eating wheat and cut back on sugars, I wasn't as hungry. When I stopped taking acid blockers, I got full even faster. Starting tomorrow, the only carbs I'll eat will be with my protein and berry drink (it doesn't seem to give my any reflux). I'll still avoid triggers like onions, chocolate and big meals and throat irritants like peaches and granola (the only things that spoiled my day today--I was reflux-free, but my throat is tender from reflux earlier this week). I'll report on my progress.