Patient Comments: GERD - Diet

What diet and lifestyle changes have you made to improve your GERD and heartburn?

Comment from: Lima62, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I've suffered with reflux for several years. With the last 12 months chronic GERD,I have to sleep upright, stomach continually gurgling & squelching, with that awful cold fire burning feeling,& burping like crazy. Currently on 2 40mg Nexium daily which works minimally. I have been gluten free the last 4-5 weeks and dairy/caffeine/soy free for 4 days now. I slept on my side last night for the first time in 12 months. I am cautiously optimistic. One thing I didn't realize is that soy has gluten,so now I've stopped that as well. Apparently you can develop a food intolerance(usually dairy or gluten) due to a 'dietary upset'. How many of those have you had? It's worth a try.

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Comment from: TipsandTricks, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

Hello everyone, I know we are all on here to find a magic cure. I wish it was that easy. I've been fighting with GERD for about 8 years and nothing was helping. I've been on and off of various prescriptions, and changed my diet around. This is what I have had the best results with: -as far as prescriptions go; Prevacid was great for a bit but my symptoms came back depending on my diet; Tecta is what I am currently on and it is by far the best medicine I have tried, for once in my life I can eat a meal and not feel burning pain to the point where I want to cry and vomit all at the same time.. -exercise -diet; this was the trickiest part because everyone kept giving me "advice"; eventually I followed my gut and this is what is working for me- no coffee, stay away from caffeinated tea, no pop or carbonated water, no apple juice, no orange juice, soy milk is good for you, I don't drink regular milk, no spicy food, nothing too salty, nothing sour, sweets like chocolate are okay in moderation, surprisingly pickles are great because they help balance out the acids in your stomach, water with freshly squeezed lemon in it with no sugar is also great to try and help your body regulate the acidity levels.. Good luck!

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Comment from: lllaro , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 08

With my GERD, I get a burning feeling in my throat, especially if I eat something spicy.

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Comment from: jlj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I have suffered from GERD for years and didn't know that was what I had. I assumed the coughing came from allergies to some unknown substance. Its genesis was in gluten intolerance and I quit eating things with wheat in them about five years ago. The GERD was too far advanced and did not go away. I currently take 4-5 Prilosec a day and am working on losing weight since the surgery is more successful when one weighs less. I have chronic sinusitis and have had bronchitis from all the coughing.

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Comment from: saffire, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I have eliminated diet sodas, which I was drinking 64 ounces of every day. I have quit smoking for more than four months. I have started exercising more, and I'm trying to drop 20 pounds. I went to see the doctor and got a prescription for GERD.

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Comment from: Paige, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I've reduced my caloric intake, reduced the fats and acids I intake, and I try to avoid LES-relaxing food. I've elevated the head of my bed, I don't eat anything 4-5 hours before bed, and I drink aloe Vera juice when it gets really bad. Even though I'm under healthy weight, have never smoked, and detest alcohol - GERD still is a huge part of my life. It's been a couple of years since I last woke up without feeling like there's a brick in my chest and a lump in my throat.

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