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World Carnivore Month 2021 – Acid Reflux – Day 8

Acid Reflux

What is acid reflux

It is where your stomach acid gets into the oesophagus. The acid does what acid does, which irritates the lining of the throat.

The oesophageal sphincter should only let things pass one way, from your mouth to your stomach. If something causes it to relax when it shouldn’t or it is weak for some reason, then acid can get into the oesophagus and cause problems.

What are the symptoms

The symptoms can range from mild to chronic.

You may notice heartburn, pains in the chest, problems swallowing, regurgitating food or bile, coughing, asthma, and sleep issues.

These things are obviously unpleasant, but when they become chronic then you have even more problems like increased chance of throat cancer, throat ulcers, and narrowing of the oesophageal.

How to treat acid reflux

Unlike a lot of diseases and issues, diet is recognised to be a trigger of acid reflux where alcohol, fatty, and fried foods are claimed to be the triggers. Whilst I put the blame at other types of foods, at least the medical paternity admit food is an issue, which is rare.

Unfortunately the main focus surprise surprise is giving you drugs! Rather than wondering what is causing the reflux, they mainly just give you some drug to reduce your acid production, over time you will just be given stronger and stronger antacids to keep the acid at bay. Eventually surgery might be needed. This is the standard pattern of modern medicine.

Give you drugs to beat down the symptom’s, rather than tacking what is causing the symptom’s.

So because the person is just given drugs, they will rarely make the attempt to change their lifestyle and nutrition… so they are reliant on the drugs instead of dealing with the issue themselves.

Carnivore Diet success stories vs Acid Reflux

I got mild acid reflux in my 30’s, usually after a weekend out drinking with my mates and eating takeaways. I never had it again after going Keto and then Carnivore.

It is my belief that it is the standard western diet that is high in grains and vegetable seed oils, that is the problem. They lower your stomach acidity, this more alkaline state allow bacteria to grow, this produces gas and bubbling, and this bubbling helps the stomach acid to get past the sphincter. It may seem counterintuitive to some people but to prevent stomach acid problems you should eat more meat and less plant-based food, this strengthens the acidity of your stomach, the acids kills what it should, no bacteria, no excess gases, and no acid then gets into your throat. You actually need more and stronger stomach acid, not less if you want to heal.

Here are the stories I already have on acid reflux – https://ketogenicendurance.com/tag/acid-reflux/

If you have helped your acid reflux / gerd on a carnivore diet, then please let me know an we can do a carnivore success story on my blog.

Nancy “As soon as I switched to Carnivore the GERD symptoms disappeared. I still struggled with a bit of heartburn but that doesn’t touch the horrible symptoms of before, before Carnivore I was struggling to swallow food and even struggling to breathe. The biggest transformation and the one that has been completely life changing is I am now having completely normal bowel movements. No more running to the toilet in pain, no more toilet mapping when I go out, no more embarrassment. That’s worth it all on its own. But a big plus is the weight loss, I’m feeling and looking good and lots of people have complemented me.”

Dwayne ” I had really bad eczema all my life, right from birth, and for the first time in my life I have no trace of eczema on my body.  I had chronic acid reflux, that is gone, I was on puffers regularly for my asthma, and I haven’t had to used them in a year now.  I had several kidney stones prior to going carnivore, some even had to be surgically removed and I have not had any since.  Mood is much improved, calmer and do not get agitated easily.  Much higher tolerance to the sun, I can be in the sun all day without getting a sunburn.  My eyes turned blue, that’s an interesting one!”

Lindsay “There have been lots of benefits even down to my skin and hair looking better but I am no longer on meds for reflux and had an endoscopy which showed no inflammation. My joint pain is pretty much non existent now and my energy is through the roof so much so I have taken up running !! Endometriosis pain is so low now I don’t take any pain meds. One of the biggest changes though has been in my mood, I feel like I get up everyday energised and looking forward to the day ahead.”

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Joel

Interview with Joel

1) Introduce Yourself.

My name is Joel Caron.  I’m a 37-year-old musician and graphic designer, living and working in Toronto, Canada.  I’ve been on an animal based diet for the past 2 years and 8 months.

2) How did you eat before Carnivore?

Growing up in a rural agricultural town, I mostly ate a standard American diet, including vegetables, fruit, nuts, tons of milk, sugary cereal and other processed foods containing grains and seed oil.  I ate very little meat, especially red, because of a cultural fear of red meat and animal fats.  In adulthood, I went through periods of restricting the consumption of specific foods to address my gastrointestinal problems and gut pain; more recently, I reduced my intake of bread, pasta and foods with added sugar, many years ago, I tried a mostly raw fruitarian diet for a few months (until I wasted away), and then a low FODMAP diet for a few years.  These approaches benefited me in some ways, but seemed to damage me in others; I could not resolve the digestive discomfort.

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with?

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 27.  Unhappy with the inefficacy of the medication I was prescribed (and the bill), I became desperate to find a sustainable lifestyle that would stop the pain, discomfort, and urgent trips to the toilet.  After years of reading about health and nutritional “science”, and failing to see results in my own experience, I felt hopeless – so hopeless that I shifted my focus to other areas of unrelated interest, such as cosmology and modern physics.  For context, I was raised in a Catholic family and community, and as I learned more about the scientific method and developed skepticism, I applied it fairly to religious beliefs.  Eventually, I found the work of neuroscientist and philosopher, Sam Harris, I watched all of his talks and debates on YouTube, and eventually, I saw his appearance on Joe Rogan Experience.  This sparked recommendations for more JRE videos with other influential figures.  Then, one day, I just happened to watch the episode with Dr. Shawn Baker, who opened my mind to the carnivore diet.  Dr. Baker mentioned people using an “all meat” diet to effectively treat IBD and for other health benefits.  I ditched the plant foods that very day.

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet?

When I started, I was eating beef, pork, eggs, butter, a little old cheddar, and the occasional seafood and chicken, always salting everything.  For the past year, my diet has consisted mostly of those same things, but with the addition of daily coffee, heavy cream, and a bit of honey (because I enjoy it and still feel pretty great).  I don’t count macronutrients or calories but I feel best on fatty cuts of meat to satiety, so I do that as much as possible.  When eating leaner meat, I add grassfed butter or any other animal fat source on hand.

5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet?

Immediately, I experienced a significant reduction in gut pain and in frequency and urgency of bowel movements.  Interestingly though, it did take around two years for my stools to take shape and become firm on a regular basis; now, it’s rare to have loose stools.  Also, I went into the diet with bad heartburn which took a few months to resolve without medication.  On top of these major benefits, an animal based diet improved my skin, musculature, joints, circulation, eye sight, oral health, and overall cognitive function.

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6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet?

I can’t say there are any negatives in my experience.

7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do?

I have been exercising as a carnivore, getting better results both in appearance and in strength.  I do full body workouts on most days of the week, involving various callisthenic exercises and light dumbbell work.

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet?

Follow other carnivores on Instagram and join carnivore Facebook groups, a variety of them, and take note.  You will quickly see how beneficial this diet is for treating a plethora of ailments and even for improving body composition.

9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet?

I think it could become a mainstream diet if carnivores continue promoting and demonstrating its benefits.  This noise could spark greater scientific interest and lead to more clinical trials and concrete evidence.  And If we generate enough of this, I believe it will break into the mainstream.

10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you?

Follow my carnivore lifestyle account on Instagram @joelcaronivore

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Carnivore Diet success stories – with Nancy

Interview with Nancy

1) Introduce Yourself. 

My name is Nancy, I’m 30 years old, and I am an amateur photographer. I live with my husband and three cats in the south of England. I was diagnosed with various chronic illnesses in my early 20’s and since then it’s been a long battle back to being healthy and functional. The dream is to reclaim my health and start travelling as much as possible.

 

2) How did you eat before Carnivore. 

Through my childhood and teens I ate very poorly, obviously I didn’t understand at that age the importance of nutrition when it comes to health. I was spoilt as a child in terms of food, what I asked for I got, and that was often chocolate, packets of crisps, you name it. I always had an appreciation for good food though, my father cooked meals from fresh and taught me how to cook. Cooking for my friends and family was something I was proud of and enjoyed doing. Nevertheless, there was still a lot of carbs and sugar in my diet up until my early 20s. When I was at my sickest, I decided to overhaul my lifestyle habits, I quit smoking at the age of 24 and from then on tried every diet you could think of. The Antihistamine Diet, Anti-Inflammatory Diet, Low Carb High Fat, Hormone Balancing Diet and many others.

 

3) Why did you try Carnivore to begin with. 

Despite years of trying these different diets and having some drastic improvements from being unable to walk without a walking stick and needing assistance with daily activities to almost functioning like a healthy person, I was still suffering from a lot of physical pain and exhaustion. Outside stress factors caused me to turn to food and alcohol for comfort, so even though the bulk of my meals were healthy, I was undoing all my hard work by comfort eating and drinking. No painkiller was helping the pain and I had convinced myself that the only way to bare the pain in my body was to drink it away, which helped at the time but was gradually increasing inflammation in my body. I was bloated and gaining weight.

 

At my biggest I was 10st 11lb, for someone the height of 5ft 3inches I was overweight. I had some health scares that knocked me to my senses. I cut out all the crap in my diet and stopped drinking. I was eating some variation of a Keto hormone balancing diet. I started losing weight and feeling better but the one thing that never improved was my bowel problems. From the age of 17 I had suffered from chronic diarrhoea, despite investigations the Doctors couldn’t figure out exactly what was wrong and I was hit with the umbrella term “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. Despite what I believed to be a healthy diet of meat and plant foods. I still had severe diarrhoea and unnaturally coloured bowel movements. I also started to develop the most horrendous GERD symptoms, where stomach acid was aspirating into my lungs and burning my throat. I couldn’t bare it any longer and after seeing a family members improvements through the Carnivore Diet, I took the plunge.

 

4) How do you personally approach the Carnivore Diet. 

If I’m totally honest I’m not a 100% strict zero carber, I eat what I want and often that is cheese. I have cheese with a lot of my meats. My main food I like to eat is Steak, it’s delicious and simple and hits the spot. I also use Erythritol to sweeten my Teas and Coffees. A real treat for me is having some Cocoa Kefir which is delicious, but most of all my diet consists of Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Eggs, Cheese, and Bone Broth. I intend to get stricter; I’m even considering trying a 30 day Beef, Salt, and Water only cleanse.

 

5) What benefits have you seen since starting the Carnivore Diet. 

As soon as I switched to Carnivore the GERD symptoms disappeared. I still struggled with a bit of heartburn but that doesn’t touch the horrible symptoms of before, before Carnivore I was struggling to swallow food and even struggling to breathe. The biggest transformation and the one that has been completely life changing is I am now having completely normal bowel movements. No more running to the toilet in pain, no more toilet mapping when I go out, no more embarrassment. That’s worth it all on its own. But a big plus is the weight loss, I’m feeling and looking good and lots of people have complemented me.

 

6) What negatives have you found with the Carnivore Diet. 

I would say it’s still early days so I couldn’t answer definitively yet but the main thing is I’m still fighting the sugar cravings. The relationship I had with food and comfort eating is a hard psychological tie to break and that is not something that is to blame on the Carnivore diet, but it is hard when you are around family who are eating sweets and you have to really utilise your willpower in situations like that.

 

I’m tracking my health during this way of eating and all my bloods have improved except for my Cholesterol, which is to be expected, but we know what a controversial subject that is.

 

7) Do you exercise on the Carnivore Diet, if so how do you find it and what do you do. 

I am currently not exercising as this is a slow process of reclaiming my health, but despite not exercising I have still lost 2 stone. As my health further improves I intend to start weight training and I’m looking forward to it.

 

8) What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in trying this diet, but hasn’t taken the leap yet. 

You can’t know what the Carnivore diet will do for you until you try and if you are someone who is struggling with health issues I would definitely say give it a go for at least a month or two, see how you feel. Just eat what you want as long as it’s animal based and eat when you are hungry. Don’t throw yourself in the deep end with Beef only OMAD/Fasting levels of strictness. That is the sort of thing that could turn you away.

 

9) Do you think Carnivore will ever be accepted as a mainstream diet. 

Being Vegan is really being pushed by the media and whilst it is admirable for its intention of lessening harm, not everyone can live and exist like that. I certainly know when I tried going Vegetarian I became really quite unwell.

 

There can be a lot of outrage when people find out that we eat this kind of diet, but I can tell you that my best friend is a Vegan so that’s proof that it’s possible for us to get along, we shouldn’t let these things divide us. If people can learn to accept each other’s life choices then maybe one day the Carnivore could be a mainstream diet, but no doubt there will be a lot of pushback about it. 

10) Anything you would like to add, and where can people follow you. 

You can find me at @carnivoreandthriving on Instagram where I post what food I’m eating and tracking any changes in my health. Come say hi!

 

Ketogenic Endurance – I hoped you enjoyed this post.

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Low Content Books – Carnivore & Keto inspired Journals, Notebooks, Diaries, and Planners.

Clothing – wide range of Carnivore & Keto inspired apparel under the brand Ketogenic Endurance Carnivore Success Company.

Media

  • The majority of my personal journey is documented on Instagram.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Facebook group.
  • Carnivore Diet Success Stories Newsletter.
  • I am an ambassador for the lifestyle brand Descended From Odin, have a look at their apparel and accessories: Click here and get 10% off with the code “ketogenicendurance”

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