Developing GERD/reflux AFTER going Paleo??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 21, 2012 at 6:22 PM

We've been Paleo for a few months now, after getting diagnosed with a wheat and corn allergy. However, for the past month, I've had awful discomfort behind my sternum and straight through to my back all day, every day. Needless to say, it's been a very long month. I don't want to eat, because every time I do, it feels worse. The doctors are all saying reflux, and I've been put on Zantac 2x a day, which workde great the first night, but now does nothing during the day for me. (it's only been 2-3 days though). Has anyone else developed reflux AFTER going Paleo? All I keep reading about is how everyone cured it by going Paleo and those stories don't help one bit. If you've been in the same boat, how did you fix it? I can't keep feeling like this--it's awful!

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on September 21, 2012
at 07:02 PM

I've found fermented foods, like kimchee or raw sauerkraut, to be helpful in eliminating GERD and settling my stomach - kinda settles the bacteria to good levels for me.


on September 21, 2012
at 06:56 PM

You might actually have too low stomach acid?

Or you have some kind of bacterial growth going on which is generating too much gas (which may be made worse by low stomach acid), which is causing the stomach contents to be pushed up into the esophagus.

Or you may be eating some foods that are causing the lower esophageal sphincter (LES - valve separating esophagus from stomach) to relax.

Try eliminating sugar - even from fruit. Maybe just for a few days.


on September 21, 2012
at 08:07 PM

I had the same problem. I read somewhere that some people develop reflux from the increased amounts of fat they eat on the paleo diet. Things like too many nuts or fatty protein does it for me. Once I balanced those out with enough greens, it got a bit better. Still working out the right ratio.



on September 21, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Rather than Zantac which will ultimately end up contributing to the problem, try starting meals with a raw green salad or a small (8-12 oz) green vegetable juice 30 minutes prior to meals. Also try supplementing with fish oil capsules shortly before or with meals. Adding fresh, lightly steamed or raw green leafy vegetables dressed with a little oil to most protein containing meals should also help considerably.


on September 21, 2012
at 07:22 PM

The Zantac will create more problems than it will fix! Your stomach is designed on purpose with an acidic pH-taking those kinds of meds will inhibit proper digestion and vitamin absorption! Take digestive enzymes with each meal, start a quality, high colony count probiotic, and use some kind of liquid aloe when you feel the discomfort-drinking a 1/4-1/2 cup of aloe juice will put the fire out immediately! I took myself off 10 years of Prilosec with this regimen and have been great for a year!

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