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by Joe Montesin

I suffer from (night-time only) acid reflux, and I am quite sure that it is caused by bacteria that produce gas. I copped this bacteria after I had adverse effects from strong antibiotics.
I know that I have to treat it because it would damage my oesophagus, but I do not won’t to take PPIs and H2 Blockers because of their side effects.
Does diet and other behaviour can fix my acid reflux?
Is there a particular diet for it?
Thank you
Joe Montesin
jmontesin@hotmail.com

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May 25, 2017
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by: Jeroen

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May 24, 2017
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by: Joe

Hi Jeroen
I did not stop eating vegetables, though I suspect that the gas producing bacteria thrives on them and makes it create gas at night. I suffer from constipation daily and as you said some (rock-hard pebbles) is emitted with lot of straining daily. I shall take olive oil again and mix it with the food, and see what other things that can help.
What I would like to know if I need a good probiotic that could be suitable for my condition, possibly to overcome the gas producing bacteria which it looks as the main offender that is causing my acid reflux and constipation including being underweight.

May 24, 2017
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by: Jeroen

Why did you stop eating vegetables Joe? That is not such a good idea if want to create a balanced microflora in your intestines. Healthy intestinal flora is vital for prevention of constipation. After bacteria inside the gut are killed by antibiotics, fiber is broadly recommended to replace bacteria and form stools, otherwise they turn into grayish rock-hard pebbles, and turn a routine trip to the bathroom into a torture. Also, constipation raises pressure inside your stomach, which causes reflux.

May 23, 2017
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by: Joe

Hi Jeroen
I am still suffering from night sore throat, which I think mostly due to gas pressure by gas producing bacteria. If I eliminate vegetables to not feed the bacteria I would suffer more from constipation. Please do you know of a good product that will balance my intestines flora so the gas bacteria will not dominate? Your advice is appreciated.

May 19, 2017
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by: Joe

Hi Jeroen
I am going for a walk before going to bed and found that it helped. I still have mild sore throat and gas pressure from the mouth at random times during the night. Do you think that this is due to allergy or candida yeast that took over after the good bacteria was wiped out by the antibiotics?
If it is due to allergies do I need to have a food intolerance test?
At the moment I am not taking any probiotics.

May 17, 2017
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by: Jeroen

NICKEL;

Imagine having a nickel allergy, and you spray any meal extra nickel on your food. bad idea. Where did you get the idea to disinfect your food?

Almond milk, the same category as nuts and seeds.

HISTAMINE
Goat milk is ok. Cow milk is ok.

Yoghurt is a fermented product so histamine rich. Not Ok

Left overs; the older your food is, the more histamine it contains

If you want to test the allergy hypothesis, you need to do avoid all products that are irritating all at once. All the way.

Don t worry about what you have read about small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and bacteria during this test week. What you want to know is if your symptoms come from an allergic-like reaction or not.

NIGHTTIME ACID REFLUX

Lack of movement and horizontal position worsen symptoms

May 17, 2017
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by: Joe

Jeroen
I sprinkle cinnamon on food because I read that it is a natural antimicrobial, to kill the bad bugs.
I did not drink cow’s milk because I thought it produce gas, goats or almonds milk are they better?
The yogurt I used to take is from goat’s milk, I also take goat’s milk cheese is this also with histamine? So the food and vegetables I cook for lunch I could not take for the last meal?
One last question why the pressure and bursts only comes at night and never during the day when I hardly burp?
I have not started doing the walk because I thought I reduce weight, I check my weight before I go to bed, but I shall take your advice and do it. Thank you.

May 16, 2017
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by: Jeroen

Joe,

Vintage cheddar cheese is like the mother of histamine rich foods. :) You need fresh, young cheese or milk.
Cinnamon contains a lot nickel too. Why do you spray it on every meal??

I understand that you focus on 'health food' to make you feel better, and that you are focussing on bacterial overgrowth because of the escaping gas at night. Those foods can be healthy for someone who has very unhealthy eating habits ( carbs, sugar and alcohol). However, you don't consume a lot of carbs, nor gluten and you don't drink alcohol and coffee.

You have created a health diet, full of healthy foods, but not good if you have some sort of allergy. So please, do me a favor. Eat chicken, steak, rice crackers, small amounts of toast, drink milk, eat quarck. Don't eat raw vegetables. Avoid too much histamine (old cheese, wine, pork, yoghurt, apple cider vinegar, don't eat leftovers) .

Also, do you go for a walk every night prior going to bed? It really helps to release some air out of your stomach and stimulates your digestion.

Good luck!

May 16, 2017
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by: Joe


Thank for your last 2 messages, from what I understood is that I should avoid histamine containing foods to prevent allergies which are contributors to GERD, and that diet plays a good role.
I think the most important factor that I should start with is to find foods that does not feed the gas producing bacteria because this causes night pressure which splashes acid into my oesophagus that after time will damage it. I think probiotics here may play a role but I don’t know which the best are. I take milk kefir and yogurt almost daily but I am not sure how beneficial they are.
I take vegies, vintage cheddar, walnuts, cinnamon (I sprinkle on each meal) not sure if these have histamine. I eat rice crackers (tasteless, looks like jablow) because if I take normal bread it would feed the gas producing bacteria.
I think I should avoid foods that I am allergic to. Does this mean that I avoid foods that does not taste good, or makes reaction like the olive oil, or if they taste good they still can be allergic for me?

May 16, 2017
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by: Jeroen

Upward travelling stomach acid irritates your throat within two days. It takes years before barret s esophagus develops. It is hard to predict. Your genes determine how much your tissue can have. Your diet influences the amount and frequence of acid reflux episodes. Allergies worsen throat irritation http://www.exreflux.com/acid-reflux-and-allergies.html

Of course I can' t know for sure if a nickel allergy is the source of your symptoms, but based on your story I can only conclude that you are ingesting a lot of nickel in an effort to improve your health.

May 16, 2017
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by: Jeroen

Taking probiotics aims to restore intestinal flora in your colon, not in your small intestine. The goal is not to reduce the amount of bacteria in your bowel. You can t live without bacteria. The goal is to create a bowel with a healthy mix, which prevents one (gas producing) strain to 'overdevelop'.

About Apple cider vinegar; since I suspect you to have some sort of allergy, you should avoid ingesting too much histamine . That means avoiding lots of 'fermented foods', including vinegar. (That s why quarck is better than yoghurt ) So stop taking ACV. Histamine fortifies allergic reactions

Olive oil ; Contains nickel

http://www.torrinomedica.it/studio/alimenti/nichel/en/Nickel_Foods_Alphabetical.asp

You can' t eat nickelfree. You can only avoid ingesting too much at once. Also, you will react stronger to olive oil on an empty stomach, than for example a mixed with your meal.

May 16, 2017
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by: Joe

Hi Jeroen
How long to have night-time GERD before it becomes a risk of oesophagus damage?
Being sensitive to ACV, olive oil and olive leaf extract is an indication that there is something more serious? (Please see my last message)
Being allergic to nickel would cause me to have night time acid reflux and pressure of gas out of my mouth?
I look forward to your assessment.

May 13, 2017
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by: Joe

I shall follow what you recommended and not take seeds and nuts. I am happy to hear that I can eat bread, of course I won’t take as much as I used to in the past.
Regards allergies I must say I became sensitive recently to these: I used to take apple cider vinegar in water before meals but recently when I took it I felt irritation in the throat and stomach. I also used to take a table spoon of olive oil for constipation but recently I had sharp sore throat from it. I also used to take Olive Leaf Extract (liquid) against bacteria and as well it caused me irritation in the throat. With other things no problem.
Regards the probiotic it is a headache for me to find which ones are good for me because if I have overgrowth in the small intestine even good bacteria could be too much. But I will try the one you recommended. Thank you for your cooperation.
Joe

May 12, 2017
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by: Jeroen

Seems to me, that you don't have ‘classic acid reflux’, since your diet is not high in carbs, and you don't consume alcohol and coffee. Most people develop acid reflux from exaggerating. Eating too much carbs, drinking too much alchohol etc. Clearly, this isn' t the root cause in your case. So a low carb diet (or gluten free) diet won't be the perfect solution. However, seeds like xia , flax and nuts, contain la lot of nickel. You might be allergic to nickel, which could explain your recurrent symptoms. You might want to omit these from your diet and see what happens during the following week. So eat the same things as you are used to do. (Bread, yoghurt etc) but stop eating seeds and nuts (and cacao (in chocolate)).
http://www.foodnutritionforum.com/10-useful-dietary-advices-for-people-allergic-to-nickel/

Then, start taking probiotic bacteria from week two, to restore you intestinal flora. (Don’t start immediately, you want to see what happens if you lower the amount of ingested nickel).

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May 12, 2017
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by: Joe Montesin

I always been choosing health foods but especially more after I had the adverse effects from antibiotics. But before I also ate cakes, chocolate and fruits.
But now always looking for food that feeds me not the bad bacteria.

May 12, 2017
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by: Jeroen

You copped this bacteria after having adverse effects from strong antibiotics. Did you change your diet at that time? Or do you always eat 'health food' ?

May 12, 2017
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Mr Joe Montesin
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Hi Jeroen
My average daily foods are:
For breakfast I start with a teaspoon full of coconut oil and 1 of cod liver oil.
In a small bowl I mix some sunflower, chia and flax seeds, goat’s milk yogurt and coconut milk. Including I take 2 small slices of toast with some cucumber or lettuce and cheese. (On your advice today I did not take the bread and yogurt)
At lunch I cook some chicken or fish with varied cooked vegetables, which half of it I leave for supper. Sometimes pasta, brown rice or eggs.
At about 5pm I take some walnuts with a slices of bread and goats milk cheese.
At about 8pm I take half of the food I cooked for lunch.
In between these meals I drink water, no tea or coffee.
My symptoms at night in bed are:
Some 3 to 4 months ago I began to experience like trickles of air comes slowly out of my mouth but sometimes a burst or gush of air ejects suddenly, not burping. This is artificial and very annoying.
Since about 2 months ago I began to feel usually mild sore throat almost every night including some of the above. During the day I rarely have heartburn.
Joe

May 12, 2017
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by: Jeroen

Can you describe exactly what you eat and drink on an average day?
What are your symptoms exactly at night ?

May 12, 2017
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by: Anonymous

Hi Jeroen
Thank you for your last reply.
I went to a GI specialist and after I told him my symptoms he said that I don’t need endoscopy to check the oesophagus’ sphincter and did not give any medication. This same specialist did me colonoscopy last January and the colon was found spotless.
I stopped eating fruit 3 or 4 months ago to not give the bad bacteria chance, but perhaps this makes me more suffer from constipation.
You told me to stop eating bread but gluten free bread and pasta are still not good? As I am quite underweight I would be happy to know what other calories are suitable.
Do you think there is chance that someday I would overcome the bad bacteria?
Thank for your cooperation.
Joe

May 11, 2017
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by: Jeroen

Bread and grains are carbs Yes.

Try this for two weeks;

Don t eat any Bread or other grains (these are carbs)
(You can eat small amounts of rice, generally digests better)
Don' eat too much fruit
Eat vegetables, meat, chicken,..
Eat fresh cheese (quark), or other young cheese (no yoghurt) to consume enough calories (since you are underweight
Avoid all drinks (alcohol, coffee, tee, soda)
Drink plain ordinary water. (No sparkling water)

!Go for a walk before you go to bed. Modest movement before going to bed, allows gas to escape by burps and speeds up your digestion

May 11, 2017
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by: Joe Montesin

Hi Jeroen
Thank you for reply.
I don’t drink alcohol and have no allergies and I am not overweight but underweight.
At night am annoyed by bursts of air or gas out of my mouth since October/November. In September I had the strong antibiotics. I am sure there is an imbalance of bacteria in my guts. The bursts must have irritated or damaged my oesophagus and I shall see a specialist to perhaps make an endoscopy.
When you say carbs you mean bread and grains, or other foods as well?
Thank you for your help.
Joe Montesin

May 11, 2017
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Diet for bacteria
by: Jeroen

Hi Joe,

If you have acid reflux, you have some sort of problem with your stomach valve. A gastroscopy can show a minor stomach valve disfunction or a big hiatal hernia. In both cases, a diet improves your heartburn.
Two simple solutions;
- avoid heavy meals. Too much at once in your stomach distents it and pushes acid out
- lower the amount of carbs and sugars in your diet. Gas producing bacteria love carbs

Some questions Joe;
Are you overweight?
Do you drink alcohol?
Do you have any allergies?

Jeroen

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