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Old 06-26-2012, 13:25   #1
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Long-term treatment with proton pump inhibitor is associated with undesired weight gain

I was on continuous PPI's for years (before my weight gain). I am not sure about the causality of PPI --> weight gain however.

I find that if my carbs are low, my GERD goes away. Plumping up the pillows, eating low-fat, avoiding acidic foods, etc never worked for me. I would lean more towards, if you have GERD you are sensitive to carbs and hiding the symptoms with PPI's doesn't help any.

Though PPI's do have other icky side effects that can seriously compromise your digestive track, so maybe it's like throwing gasoline on a fire...

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Hmmmm need to talk to husband about this one ...

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I found that gerd subsides immediately on a low carb diet. However, after 6 months or so it returns, although, never as bad as before. I believe gerd is driven by bulk in the stomach, which pushes stomach
contents up the esophagus. Carbs like bread and pasta take up a lot of space, while most LC foods do not. I also think that over time your stomach shrinks from not being stretched by bulk and so gerd returns.

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"plumping up the pillows"?

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"plumping up the pillows"?
I've been told that sleeping on just one pillow was my problem and that I should sleep on many "plump" pillows so that my shoulders were 1/2 off the bed.

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I found that gerd subsides immediately on a low carb diet. However, after 6 months or so it returns, although, never as bad as before. I believe gerd is driven by bulk in the stomach, which pushes stomach
contents up the esophagus. Carbs like bread and pasta take up a lot of space, while most LC foods do not. I also think that over time your stomach shrinks from not being stretched by bulk and so gerd returns.
My worst GERD symptoms are on an empty stomach actually. I never found a correlation between meal size and worsening of symptoms. For me at least it just felt like my esophagus never fully closed and just bending over would cause anything in my stomach to "fall out"... *bleh*

When I read Chris Kresser's series on heartburn/GERD and how often it can be due to stomach acid or bacterial imbalances, it was like a light bulb went off in my head. I found it very helpful for whatever the heck I have.

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My reflux is gone seemingly for good, and so is the excessive flatulence!




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so is the excessive flatulence!
This might've been the greatest blessing of my new diet. It's amazing! I always thought it was all the veggies I ate that caused it ... er ... nope...

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My reflux and heartburn disappeared instantly when I changed to LCHF. Unfortunately, my flatulence only improved very slightly, and eating optimist's crackers cause it to return to previous levels.

 
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Alll my stomach problems disappeared years ago when I went gluten-free. Many lowcarbers don't eat grains, so if gluten were the cause, then it clears up with the diet.

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