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05-31-2006, 10:20 AM
I'm on my 9th day being raw and I am on fire. I had a dressing with ACV in it last night and everytime I lay down, I start burning in the middle of my chest. I ended up sitting up for several hours.
This morning, I had a taste of a strawberry/orange smoothie and started burning right away and I haven't eaten or or had anything to drink since. I have not had this pain before and it isn't fun.
Any suggestions? I'm not sure what to eat or do. My intial reaction was to eat bread to soak up the acid but since I don't have any raw bread, I just drank some water.
05-31-2006, 10:29 AM
I have had acid reflux since I can remember. Let me tell you bread will only make it worse. Water not so good either. You need an alkaline substance. Something thick and creamy helps too. Maybe blended coconut meat or a nut milk. Try to pinpoint what exactly it was that caused it and stay away from that for a while... it is to acidic for you. Sounds like the vinigar and the acidity from the citris and strawberries might be doing you in. It might help to pair the fruit with a banana or coconut in your smoothie to tone it down a bit. I would have the same problem with these foods. Sorry you have to deal with it. The best way though is really just to stear clear of these foods for now... or try pairing them with something else.
05-31-2006, 10:47 AM
Thanks for the response. It happened after I had the ACV and it felt like that was what was coming up.
I just had some watermelon juice and that went down well. I usually have strawberries with bananas but ran out and used oranges today so maybe it's too much to soon.
I had acid reflux for over 20 years until i started eating raw.
I could not manage ACV. It always caused problems, even when very dilute.
If you are not totally raw, do you eat cooked starch? it may be worth eliminating cooked starch for a while.
How much water are you consuming?
If your water intake is low to medium, i suggest you seriously increase it.
Some report that taking digestive enzymes with evey meal helps.
I would start with increasing my water intake, even if i felt that i was already drinking enough.
Keep us posted!
Hope this helps.
06-01-2006, 11:01 AM
Thanks for the response. I drank more water yesterday and didn't have any strawberries as the thought of them made my stomach turn. I did have ACV last night and had no problem. Maybe it was the strawberries. I just don't know but I hope it doesn't happen again. I had never had that happen before and it wasn't fun.
06-01-2006, 11:09 AM
my son had terrible acid reflux, and his first day 100% raw, was his first day in over 10 years, with NO acid reflux, he stopped taking his medication that night.
the only time he has had it return, was when he ate SAD food, alas, we all learn so slowly, I'm still learning too.
so, I'd stop the ACV, and oranges and strawberries are very high in acid, however, the ONLY time I ever had it, was when I ate butter and wheat together, so, I think it is associated with oil in your stomach, just my thoughts.
06-01-2006, 11:14 AM
Someone I know had acid reflux, and they took digestive enzymes and they don't have it anymore. They have some at healthfood stores if you can't wait for Alissa's. I would stay away from acidy stuff till it heals. You don't want that acid to continue to eat away at your esophagus. It can cause cancer and I think a hiatal hernia.
Feel better soon! ;)
06-01-2006, 11:19 AM
Cant remember where I read this or heard this but I recall celery juice taken daily for 3 weeks should cure acid reflex. Might be worth a shot for a couple of days at least to see if it makes a difference.
06-01-2006, 11:22 AM
Here is a list of foods that can cause acid reflux:
Certain foods can be associated with reflux events, including
drinks with caffeine
fatty and fried foods
garlic and onions
tomato-based foods, like spaghetti sauce, chili, and pizza
It also says to eat small meals, and to avoid laying down for 3 hours after meals, raise the head of your bed 6 to 8 inches by putting blocks of wood under the bedpostsjust using extra pillows will not help.
It says smoking is bad, but you don't smoke, right?
06-01-2006, 11:29 AM
I know several people with acid reflux. They find they have to avoid certain foods, but these foods vary from person to person. These foods include tomatoes, citrus fruits, onions, peppers, strong spices and chocolate. One of my friends says she can't eat anything past 7:00 at night. Even a small taste of a seemingly harmless food can cause her problems. She also finds that it helps to sleep propped up on a couple of pillows.
06-01-2006, 11:45 AM
may I suggest kraut for your acid reflux.
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