This is my first post, and as it doesn't look like an active team, I will only post this brief intro here. I do not have Barrett's, but I thought I was "going there" because of my health history. I had horrible GERD before my celiac disease diagnosis, and it actually got worse when I went gluten-free. Have you heard of gluten yet? Celiac is an autoimmune response in the sm. intestine which creates a leaky gut from having ingested gluten (wheat, rye, barley and cross-contaminated oats). If you have opened junctures within your gut, you allow larger than normal proteins and toxins into your blood stream. You become toxic, and have all sorts of other seemingly unrelated symptoms, BUT the underlying problem with all of this is HYPOCHLORYDRIA or not enough stomach acid.
I don't know what you've been told, but I was told I was producing too much stomach acid and given the "purple pill" to help ease my symptoms. This was right after my celiac dx. I did not know what in the heck to eat, so I turned to eating yogurt (Yoplait cherry ... loved it) up to four times a day. My symptoms worsened, I took the purple pill, problem solved. Or so I thought. I am a curious person, so I looked up Nexium side-effects and learned that these type of drugs actually can prevent nutrient absorption. With celiac disease already being a disease of malabsorption/malnutrition I couldn't believe the doc had me taking these! I stopped immediately. However, I still had bouts of GERD so bad I wanted to die. The bed was raised, the pillow was raised, I didn't eat 3-4 hrs before bed, I didn't eat spicy, I (did eat a lot of butter a lot!) yada. Bile tastes wicked!
What I learned is that I could take the purple pill AFTER the fact (vs before a meal as instructed), and it still worked. Curious me still took a while before I stumbled upon a site which made the
turn on. So back to HYPOCHLORYDRIA ...
After reading about it, I stopped eating gluten-free processed foods (you kinda go into shock and don't know what to eat, like I said, but I was in my "investigative" stage trying to learn new ways to cook and gaining weight ...right here on SP!) and so much dairy (which also had a lot of sugar). I ate more "alkaline" foods or vegetables/fruits vs "acid" foods or grains, meat, legumes, dairy. Problem solved! NO MORE GERD!!!
However, it took another long while for me to address the underlying cause as to WHY I had to eat that way .. and we go back to HYPOCHLORYDRIA! I may have prescribed myself a better diet vs a purple pill, but dealing with WHY I had to eat that way wasn't dealt with.
Many people are born with low stomach acid (a gift from your parents). Stress eats away at your gut (really)! Or diet also contributes (too high/many acid foods as listed above). What do most "diets" have in common? Veg and fruit!
If you don't have enough stomach acid, you cannot digest your food proteins adequately. If you don't adequately digest your food, you are malnourished.
As a background to my health history I will go back some by telling you that I am almost half Irish (the other wee bit Welsh). The Irish have a history of starvation (stress). My father is alcoholic (HIS gut is stressed) and I grew up extremely stressed around him. I likely never had the adequate tools to deal with stress which then my diet added insult to injury.
I don't know how you deal with stress, but many people turn to baked goods (grains). Grains, rather, the gluten protein in them temporarily raises your serotonin and it's a cycle often repeated.
Maybe you don't have this type of history at all! Maybe you come by low stomach acid a different way, I am just sharing my experience and you take from it what might help you. And I hope it does.
I now take supplemental enzymes before and during meals (betaine HCl, and pancreatic) to help me digest my macronutrients. I hope at some point to not need them and I'm unsure if I will ever not have to take them.
Know that there is a STRONG correlation of gluten (which is often wrapped in starches and sugars) to GERD symptoms. I saved a study I was going to share, but I can't find it at the moment. I will come back when I find it, to share with you all.
My maternal grandmother (Irish/Welsh) died from Barrett's - that's why I take seriously what I have learned from the celiac community, and my own experience.
So, as a quick list of foods to eat MORE of than anything else on your plate:
It took a few weeks for me to feel more normal. And the weight comes off as a bonus.
I guess everyone's different, but I have felt compelled to share for a long time. I hope you don't mind, and I hope you give it some thought and try it. If it helps, please come back to share with others so they can feel better, too.
I will leave you with some links I think help reiterate what I've tried to share.
snarky, but good re: antacid products: bit.ly/gnf8NN bit.ly/77VI9T
(I have been researching at least 5 hrs a day for 5 yrs. This article is like it was written about me. I know most people won't know they have a copper imbalance, but I got tested, and DO, so I share in case someone sees a naturopathic doctor or holistic nutritionist like I do).
Leaky Gut: bit.ly/dVx18G
Gluten and "non-corrosive" GERD: bit.ly/hg9P8t
Gluten and GERD: bit.ly/gImpvG
(Keep in mind when people tell you they felt relief from going gluten-free ONLY - cause you can find anecdotal stories like that, unlike me who got worse on gluten-free because I was eating too much sugar in my dairy, that they likely were eating better than me!) Maybe you eat better than me, too (at the time). I don't have a problem since I eat "paleo" now. Paleo is eating veg, fruit, and meat, eggs, nuts, seeds.
There is also another diet which might help guide you if you are desperate, you can contact the site-owner. But read the info first. I heard about this when I was first diagnosed, and was scared off - lol. I'm about doing it now through trial and error anyway! It helps repopulate the digestive tract. You should at least know about it, so I share. bit.ly/fQSkPx
There are many roads to a leaky gut (and my celiac disease is but only one): bit.ly/hRDmIq bit.ly/e0un5C
Done! I hope this helps someone. Please share if it did so you can help pay it forward!
Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 3/17/2011 (15:49)
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