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3/20/13 10:51 A

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Wow, you did a great job of putting everything I've ever read about acid control into one post, Boni! Great job!! (Although I had never heard of the Baking Soda trick--good to know!) I've been an acid reflux sufferer, so I know that this is all great advice.

All the things you listed do give me heartburn, so those scientiest and doctors who figure this stuff out, know what they are talking about. If I do mess up and have a late meal, I try to remember to chew gum for like 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime--this seems to work amazing well for me.

I've also found a little trick that works: instead of taking three or four Tums for acid, chew up only one and then drink some water with it. I think they mildly encourage folks not to take it with water...but it may be because they know that it works and folks will use less of their product. I believe the water itself works as an antiacid, and with the tums too, it seems to work very well for me.

The best thing by far (for those overweight, like me) is to lose weight. A few summers ago when I lost that 25 pounds, I was surprised that my acid reflux had totally gone away--and I do mean totally! I plan to get back to that place--it's a good place to be!

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3/20/13 9:01 A

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I just read an article about this in Best Health magazine. It suggests that you avoid chocolate, peppermint, alcohol, caffeine, soft drinks, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes and tomato sauces, and fried, spicy and fatty foods. Eat smaller meals, and do not eat three to four hours before bedtime. Avoid exercising after eating. Two natural treatments: Baking soda: The sodium in baking soda is a natural antacid. Dissolve 1/2 tsp in half a glass of water and drink this every two hours (but don't drink it more than three times a day). Don't use this remedy if you have kidney problems or hpertension. Chewing gum: You can increase saliva production by chewing sugar-free gum after a meal. The link to the entire article is: www.besthealthmag.ca/dec2012

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3/19/13 10:31 A

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My heartburn has been less since becoming vegan, but it will flare up if I eat anything with tomatoe sauce or anything high fat. It can be a matter of "when" you eat those, too. Try having a high tomatoe sauce meal at lunch, but not at supper and see how that does. In other words, it may be the act of lying down to sleep that's the problem with this kind of meal. If you eat it for lunch, you have hours of being upright, so the acid stays down.

I've even found that sometimes something as healthy as a large salad will give me all kinds of heartburn if I eat it in the evening. (All that fiber, I guess? Or maybe the tomatoes in the salad?) So I even have to watch out for that (usually a small side salad works fine in the evenings, though.)

I rarely eat tomatoe sauces or have high fat dressings, and I don't feel I'm missing that much, so it may just be one of those things that takes time to adapt. I look forward to my occasional "friday pizza night" and I sometimes might have a high fat dressing when eating out. But in general I stay away from them "most" days of the week--and I think that's key...moderation.

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3/19/13 9:32 A

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I know you don't want to hear "stop eating those foods" but sometimes it's best to listen to your body. Too much acidity isn't good and it seems like your body is telling you to lay off. A friend of mine is on a low acid diet and can't have any vinegar so maybe start with with one thing then the other instead of all at once. I don't know what neutralizes those foods, sorry.

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3/19/13 9:15 A

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maybe drink more water

I always get heartburn when I eat junk food, dairy and chocolate.

Maybe stop eating tomato sauce and vinaigrette dressing for a few days to see if that helps.

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3/18/13 9:14 P

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Hey, just wondering if any one else struggles with heartburn since becoming vegan? It was an issue right away for me, but I've been able to manage it. Lately, however, it's been worse. Don't really want to eliminate even more food from my diet, but if I have to I have to.

I just haven't been able to find anything linking vegan diet to heartburn, which is odd because my vegan diet at least includes a lot of tomato sauce, vinaigrette dressing and other high acid foods. The solution is always "don't eat that!" but there are really not many good vegan alternatives. Maybe something I can eat with those foods to neutralize the acidity?



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