Get rid of / cure heartburn without pills - stop eating wheat and cereals
Are you experiencing heartburn almost all the time? Do you always keep a couple of antacid pills in your pocket? Your heartburn might be caused by something completely different than stress and strain. Particularly if you also feel an unpleasant contraction below the ribs in the left side of your body and often have diarrhea. There below the ribs are the pancreas and the spleen situated, and it's the spleen which is interesting in this case. The feeling of "contraction" might be that the spleen is working too hard. The spleen's functions is to act as a lymphatic node and filter the blood, and something has caused the need of extra blood filtering and extra immunologic defence for your body. At the same time the stomach reacts by over producing gastric juice - hence your heartburn. The reason of this is that you have eaten something your body can't handle well and thus recognizes as harmful to you. If you recognize your symptoms in what's written above then it's highly likely that your digestion can't handle wheat and cereals. It does not have to mean than you are gluten intolerant but your body might have trouble producing certain enzymes necessary to break down wheat and similar - maybe because you have eaten too much of such foods. The over-production of gastric acid might be an attempt of your body to compensate the lack of these enzymes.
Do like this:
Stop eating wheat and cereals altogether. Eat more fruits and nuts instead. Fruit fibres have the same function as cereal fibres but are much more healthy for the body.
Eat less carbohydrates. Continue eat rice, corn and potatoes but make such foods a smaller slice of your food circle.
Swap wheat based pasta for rice noodles and naturally gluten-free pasta completely free from wheat and similar, based on corn- and rice-flour instead.
Reduce the amount of salt you are using - and here's a cliché: Without reducing the taste. Use for instance bouillon powder instead of ordinary salt.
Eat fat fish and small animals from the sea. Mankind's step from being monkeys and the development of our brains began during a period when we started to hunt small animals along beaches in Africa. Our nails are flat in order to pry open clams and nuts. Our nerve systems needs fish oils and taurine from clams and such in order to work properly. If you get enough taurine you might even begin to be able to see the infra-red light on your remote after a while - taurine is good for the eyes. Taurine is found in many so called "energy drinks" such as Powerking and Red Bull.
Never stuff yourself. Especially many men have grown up being imprinted with the idea that they have to eat up everything which is put on the plate, and if there's something left in the pots then it's their duty to push it down - nothing should go to waste. So the reason for the potbelly, the sour belchings, the near vomit experiences and the hypersensitivity against onions (and other foodstuff causing flatulence) is no greater mystery, is it? Stop eating when you're comfortably satisfied.
Avoid being without food for too long periods of time. Eat small amounts often and slowly.
Treat yourself with a pizza if you really want one, but see to that the dough is well baked, preferably close to being burned.
Forget the myth that sugar is dangerous. Almost everything we eat are broken down into simple sugar molecules - glucose - in our digestion and the brain's fuel is almost 100% glucose. Artificial sweeteners such as for instance aspartame could be harmful since they pass through the membranes of the brain were only glucose normally should pass, once through the cell membranes these sweeteners can't be broken down and some of them are left in the cells. Sugar is only dangerous if it's not used up by the body (or if you do not brush your teeth). So eat what you want but exercise thereafter. "Let your body decide". If you eat too little sugar you endure less.
And last, but perhaps most important; your heartburn might be caused by such a simple thing as that you do not drink enough of plain ordinary water. If you for instance get heartburn during exercise then begin drinking a glass of pure non-carbonated water just minutes before training and see if that helps.
I don't want to draw parallels to "the Atkins-diet" even if it lies quite close. You do not need to spend large sums on Atkins-products, what's mentioned above is sufficient.
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I completely support the this article. I gave up wheat products (at the suggestion of an alternative healer - a health kineseologist) only 1 week ago and the heartburn has gone. It has also helped improve my digestion. My stomach used to growl - not any more. My friends say I look better already. Try it yourelf and see the difference. John 11th January 2006
Posted by: Norm Robillard
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Posted by: Salar Ahmed
Where to get "Apple Cider Vinegar"
Posted by: hydai
you find vinegar in the supermarket.
Posted by: Sagar Nikam
Thank u so much
Posted by: el cereal lover
WHEAT IS MY FRIEND! I can't live without it! I would rather have heartburn then go w/out wheat! and CEREAL! what would i do w/out cereal..i would die! i tell you! you crazy muffins! Don't even say that it's TERRIBLE! I would cry..and then i would die! -cereal lover
Posted by: dante
why apple vinegar? i feel pain when i take fruit juices, it is true that this will cure my heartburn not making it worst? i can't imagine how...
Posted by: Max Magnus
It won't cure it but it might dampen it for a while. It works for some people but not for all. Note that I've thus removed any mention of vinegar in the main text above.
EVERYTHING YOU SAID ABOUT MY STOMACH IS HAPPENING. THE UNPLEASANT CONTRACTION AND THE DIARRHEA. I EAT ALOT OF CEREAL. I HAVE FIBROMYALGIA AND IT IS EASY AND FAST AND I USE LACTOSE MILK CAUSE I AM LACTOSE INTOLERENT. I AM GOING TO STOP USING CEREAL. I AM WAKING UP AT NIGHT TWICE WITH SEVERE HEARTBURN. I AM TAKING ANTIACIDS AND TUMS IT IS SEVERE. I ALSO TAKE ALOT OF MEDICATION. CAN U HELP ME WITH SOME MORE IDEAS WHAT TO EAT TO GET RID OF THIS INDIGETION. I HAVE HAD THE TUBE IN MY THROAT TEST A COLONSCOPY AND EVERY BLOOD TEST AND STOOL TEST. THE DOCTORS CAN'T FIND OUT WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. WHAT OTHER FOODS CAN I EAT TO STOP THIS MADDNESS. I AM SO TRIED OF WAKING UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT IN PAIN AND HAVING AWFUL HEADACHES AND DIARRHEA THIS IS WREAKING MY MARRIAGE AND MY HOMELIFE. PLEASE HELP ME. THANKS AND GOD BELSS PAM IN TEXAS.
Posted by: Andy
I don't know yet if your tips are working, but I'll try to find out. Anyway, thanks for your efforts sharing your knowledges :).
Posted by: Emily
I have to write in and thank youfor curing my headaches with your simple plan of what to do and what not to eat. I suffered from constant headaches every day for as long as i can remember and nothing shifted it until i read your headache cure plan. I dont eat wheat any more and i can live through a day without reaching for my tablets.
Thanks again, Emily (17)
Posted by: Frank
Some good advice here, some bad advice. I've suffered from diabolical heartburn after eating wheat based cerials since I was a child. But the part about sugar is nonsense, see e.g. http://rheumatic.org/sugar.htm Aspartame is poison so if you likes sweet tastes eat fruit
Posted by: Ewald Hayward
Indeed! I had turned 61 years old before I realised that it was wheat that caused 100% of all my heartburn problems. I was at the verge of having an op to "construct a new valve in your oesophagus" to kerb the heartburn. A few months ago I started a protein diet to lose weight (already lost 9Kg's), and that meant that I should cut out carbohydrates and of course, bread! Voila! I discovered that when I eat anything containing wheat, the heartburn returns immediately - and so do the anti acid medication. I used to have a constant supply of ant-acid pills in my pocket, and now I would'nt know where to find one. However, I also want to blame doctors for not trying the obvious first (i.e. allergies), but want to grab a scalpel instead - I suppose there's more money on the scalpel route?? Cured myself - thanks to a simple diet. Who said: "You are what you eat"?
i dont think thats why, i mean... i have heart burn, and i NEVER eat cereal or anything like that, so your wrong. it can be caused by eating the wrong things, or eating at the wrong times. excersise more, and you will be better. by the way, TUMS help. :)
Posted by: Megan
I totally agree with you about the wheat causing heartburn and other problems (I think you're explaining leaky gut?) My husband loves his cereal and takes Nexium because of his stomach problems, I wish he'd listen and stop the cereal.
I was disappointed about what you wrote about sugar. Sugar is poison to our bodies, esp. high fructose corn syrup. The further we stay away from anything white the better. Sugar is addicting and very harmful.
Posted by: Jess
I think you need to research Atkins a bit better. There's nothing in the diet that says you need to buy the products. If you read the books, it's about eating lots and lots of non-starchy veggies, some meats and dairy careful, and how to make 'good' choices about the foods you eat based on GI index. The products are around if you really want something, but most are gross. I've done Atkins/low carb for years without any use of a 'product'.
Posted by: Gail
You are right about the wheat. I cut it out and my heartburn is happening less. I also find that if I sip some "clean" ginger ale, that helps too. I am very anti over-the-counter stuff, just covers up the problem for a while. Thanks~
I found this site when I was looking for Cereal causing heartburn. After doing a trial and error test on everything I ate, I was shocked that it was the cereal. One reason is you dont chew it so there is no saliva to help with digestion. I stopped all cereal and my heartburn is a lot more managable. It is not the only reason but it was making it 10 times worse and totally unbearable.
Posted by: Howdy Doo
Wow, you really described my symptoms! Acid reflux plus perplexing pain under my ribs on the left side. Stupid digestive doctors thought it was my GALL BLADDER and I paid a lot of money for an ultrasound that turned up nothing. Well, it's two years later, several rounds of Prilosec and my horrid reflux keeps coming back. I am now a week into a wheat-free elimination diet. Wow, no reflux! I even ate a plate full of home-made tomato sauce without any pain, belching, burping, or vomiting. My atopic dermititis and acne seems to have backed off as well, although today I had a flare-up. The difference is, last week, I was itching all the time. Now I'm actually having non-itching days. (I suspect I have a food allergy as well... time will tell.)
I've found some research articles that seem to back up what I'm going through, but every doctor I paid to see was of no help. I also found out online that research has shown that the "anti-reflux" diet (avoid spicy foods, acidic foods, caffeine, etc) is actually useless for controlling symptoms. I could have told them that. :D Actually, that list of recommendations is useful if you have an ulcer. I've had both, and they are not remotely alike.
What really bothers me is that experiences like these are what push a lot of people into embracing CAM, a host of improbable treatment modalities with no evidence of benefit and plenty of risk of harm. (To health and wallet.) Medical doctors: STOP SUCKING!
It seems like trouble digesting wheat is really not all that rare. I see figures like 1/100 have celiac sprue, which is a devastating auto-immune disorder, and over 1/3 have trouble digesting gluten, although most of these are asymptomatic. (Also, a majority of people can't digest sorbitol properly, which might become a problem if you go on an all apple
I have tried this after years of problems, throat stretched 3 times, I cannot believe it but my symptoms are completely gone. I tried to put wheat back into my diet and yes it came back. Hard to believe it was this easy after so many years of pain.