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Printed Date: 20 Oct 2019 at 11:45pm

Topic: Diet
Posted By: Ainsle14
Subject: Diet
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 6:07pm
Hi to everyone; I am new to the group. Recently diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus. I was told by me GP here in Canada. I think I need to make an appointment with a specialist. I am taking omeprazole 20 mg. I do not eat 3 hours before I sleep . I raised my bed. I find the diet difficult. No acid based food at all. Does everyone follow the diet perfectly? Do you have cheat days? Do you eat some banned food or spices? Curious?
Do we need to follow the diet perfectly? Thanks. Glad I found this group

Posted By: chrisrob
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2018 at 6:20pm
Hi Jerome and welcome to the forum.

The lifestyle measures regarding nt eating for 3 hours before bed & raised bed head are good.

However, avoiding acid foods is actually old propagated advice that isn't necessarily valid.
Acidity of foods make as much difference as adding a kettle of water to the ocean. Foods do not change the acid balance in the stomach. I fyou were to consume too much acidic foods, the stomach would produce less and vice-versa to keep it in balance.

Of course, if you determine a food that's a particular trigger for you, avoid that but n general it's not what we eat but how we eat that's important. (See the - FOOD section of the Down With Acid encyclopaedia .)

Your refluxng stomach acid will have caused any oesophagitis damage. Pourng weak acid over that will hurt but isn't the cause.

I personally have never had to stop spicy foods or anything on "banned foods" lists.

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Posted By: steveb8189
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2018 at 8:35am
Same here. It's all about not eating too late and having sensible portions. I ate a massive curry last night at 8pm and guess what, I paid for it overnight. I'm pretty sure I could sip on lemon juice all day and, while my teeth would hate me, I doubt it would have any effect on my reflux. In fact it would probably be better than my usual tea and coffee...

I believe the alkaline diet is a misnomer and as Chris said, whatever you put in is a drop in the ocean compared to your stomach acid.

Posted By: Tcb63
Date Posted: 23 Mar 2018 at 7:01pm
I totally agree with Chris and Steve
I Was totally mortified with my diagnosis and scared my self to death I have not been told what to eat just googled I tried to sick to a strict diet thinking this was the norm but it made me miserable and loose too much weight I felt ill . It was only until I joined this group that I turned a corner and looked at all the great info it gives . I’m am now just starting to eat as normally as I can , best advice try it if causes issues you know not to have it you’ll soon know your triggers

Posted By: nasdaq
Date Posted: 19 Sep 2018 at 11:41am
Me too - after the diagnosis i start to make a strikt diet - i feel ill now ... not because of the BO but i have loss 4kg in 3 weeks because of the diet.
(178. 75 kg was normal for me).

(I also drink no coffee and no beer - a little bit frustrating to cancel all these.)

On thing I do is not to eat late ( 7pm or max 8 pm ) and will go to sleep after 3 or 4 hours. I take some gaviscon before going to sleep.

With our without PPI or what i eat - I don´t suffer form any heartburn symptoms.

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