Acid Reflux Stress
Q: I recently changed birth control pills from a high estrogen level to a
low estrogen lever. Nonetheless, it wreaked havoc on all of my organs
and created "Chronic Fatigue-Like" symptoms. Thank goodness I have
gotten past the worst of it.
However, I've had a pressure behind my breast point (right side) for
over a month now. My MD diagnosed acid reflux due to the BC pill
change and prescribed Nexium, in which the symptom did not respond.
Additionally, I tried a couple over-the-counter rememdies as well,
with no success.
My accupuncturist said she feels it's not acid reflux -- just STRESS.
With the information from my MD and accupuncturist, my fiance believes
that my digestive system needs repairing due to the above as well as
poor eating habits in the evening. It's not until now that I realized
how much sugar, dairy and saturated fats I have been consuming. I'm a
thin person and have never paid attention to calorie or sat fat intake
since I have such a fast metabolism.
My BIG question is, should juicing for 30 days be the way to go and,
most importantly, how can avoid losing weight while juice fasting? And also is this related to stress. Please anyone in the group help me?
A:you can get enough calories from juice so that you won't lose weight, but it would help to avoid exercising a lot as you do so. As for acid reflux: I found that both an Atkins-style high-protein diet, and a mostly-raw-food vegetarian diet helped me with that. I stopped having heartburn when I was doing Atkins, and it didn't come back while I was juice-fasting. It also hasn't returned since I have adopted a mostly-raw-food, high-carbohydrate vegetarian diet. In the final analysis, it seems that grain foods are to blame for the acid reflux, since I avoid both on either Atkins, or the raw-food vegetarian diet. Lately I have avoided rice, pasta, bread, potatoes, etc., and that certainly helps. The only cereal I have ingested lately is whole oats, and I have been careful about that. Mainly, on both Atkins, and on the vegetarian diet I have recently adopted, I fill up on mostly salad greens. Salad greens are highly nutritious and packed with fiber, so they fill you up and satisfy you very nicely. One thing I love about my new vegetarian regimen is I can eat all the delicious fruit that I want. When I was doing Atkins, I really missed fruit. Atkins was wrong about one thing: It's not carbohydrates that make you fat. Most vegetarians subsist on high-carbohydrate vegetable/fruit foods, yet they tend to be thinner and live longer than meat-eaters do. Things like pasta and white sugar are dead foods that are big on calories but low on nutritional value. Therefore, such "foods" should be avoided. People should fill up on high-nutrition foods, instead.
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