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10/17/19 11:51 A

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I haven't tried IF myself, but don't really see how it would help with reflux except anecdotally. That doesn't mean don't what you want, I just don't know if there's a connection.

Like others, I was also going to suggest trying small, frequent meals, and making sure you don't lie down at least 3 hours after eating.

There are also certain foods that more commonly cause symptoms, such as: peppermint, spearmint, chocolate, caffeine, decaf coffee/tea, alcohol, black pepper, and high fat foods. You might benefit from trialing eliminating one of these foods at a time to see if its a trigger for your reflux.

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10/16/19 3:35 P

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" I have severe acid reflux. Have any of you seen improvements with acid reflux through this type of method (IF)?"

Back when I had severe acid reflux, smaller more frequent meals are what resulted in improvements, to the point of being med-free for it!
Cramming my food into too little time would be devastating to me!

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10/16/19 5:22 A

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I have acid reflux and find that going for a long period of time often makes it worse. One of the suggested things to try is smaller meals more frequently.

Scroll down to "Can Acid Reflux Disease Be Treated With Diet and Lifestyle Changes?"

If that doesn't work, I suggest that you talk with your Dr about a possible mediation review and/or a referral to a Gastroenterologist.

Another trigger is stress. Do you find that you have a lot of stress? If so, try to reduce it ... some analytical analysis can help with that :-)


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10/16/19 1:22 A

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Mine is caused by hiatal hernia and overeating. IF does not cause me any problems. I'm certainly not low calorie, but also certainly greatly reduced as compared to the days before healthy living. I do two meals of about 900 calories each about five hours apart and that's it. I take two Ranitidine 150's a day and have had very little problem with what used to be really bad reflux in the several years I've been doing IF. I would guess 'try and see' is the prescription?


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10/16/19 12:21 A

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Another thing to consider is which 8 hours are your non-fast hours. If your IF schedule has you eating later in the evening, that could also affect reflux.

Assuming you're under treatment for the reflux, this might be a good topic to bring up at your next doctor's appointment. Even if the doctor can't help you, you very well might be able to help the doc by letting them know what your experience has been, so they can share it with other patients.

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I am by no means an expert in this area; but, my understanding is that many people have trouble with acid reflux when they eat too much at one time. I have seen recommendations to help curb reflux by eating smaller but more frequent meals (like 6 small meals per day). So I wonder if an intermittent fasting routine might mean your meals are a little larger in a shortened time frame and therefore might trigger the issue for you. I realize it has been only one day for you.

It will be interesting to see if anyone with first hand experience replies.

Best wishes!


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I'm going to give IF a try (the 16:8 method). I have severe acid reflux. Have any of you seen improvements with acid reflux through this type of method (IF)? I have only done a day so far and I found the reflux "up" a bit this morning during the fasting time. I'm willing to give it a go for a while to try out though!


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