I quite frequently receive a comment similar to Mary’s today, noting a history of heartburn or reflux, with a degree of it hanging in or even becoming exacerbated -like any previously existing symptom can- in early healing. Personally, I had always experienced heartburn upon eating garlic or raw or partially cooked onions. It felt so awful I aimed to avoid these foods as much as possible. Shortly into GAPS, though, this symptom resolved completely and I became able to enjoy these foods freely, whether raw or cooked. I’d love for everyone to experience relief from this symptom!
Heartburn/reflux can be due to high or low stomach acid; in GAPSters it is most often the latter. For many, this symptom will resolve simply by doing GAPS. For those for whom this issue persists upon starting GAPS, I suggest the following:
1. Upon waking, throughout the day, and ten to fifteen minutes before each meal take:
-one tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar in half a cup or more of not-cold water, OR
-sauerkraut juice, OR
-sauerkraut juice mixed with a bit of meat stock
These will increase your stomach acid levels and aid a reflux-free digestion. Over time you will be able to reduce the frequency of this practice, ultimately requiring none.
2. Chew your food (and even liquids, in a sense) very thoroughly.
3. Dr. Natasha’s FAQ page (http://www.gapsdiet.com/uploads/FAQS_Listing.pdf) has additional tips for resolving heartburn (at least one of which supports an internal use of baking soda).
If after a week of consistently applying these the issue continues, try Betaine HCL with pepsin. International Nutrition at www.gapsdiet.com (US and Canada) and www.nutrivene.com (all other countries) offers an excellent brand -at the ratios suggested by Dr Natasha- with no fillers. Samples are available upon request direct to this company.
ETA September 14, 2011: Mark Sisson has also created a wonderful post about this topic. To view it, click here.by