365 Days of Hypochondria

And other personal happenings.


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New Diet (Days 285-287)

These past couple of days I’ve been realizing that I have a few health problems I need to get under control. Well, one health problem: my acid reflux. I’m still boggled as to how on earth I even ended up with such an ailment but as I’ve previously written, I blame it on my past overconsumption of hot sauce. I miss that stuff so bad.

My awareness of my acid reflux has nothing to do with my hypochondria. Rather, the reflux is really starting to take a toll on me, especially on my breathing. One of the main symptoms I have is asthma and it has affected me in other ways as well.

I’m not overweight so this new diet has nothing to do with me counting calories. On the flip side, I am being careful to make sure that I get enough calories in a day. The diet involves extremely healthy, bland food, and on a low-acid diet, you are supposed to eat small meals frequently, rather than consume larger meals three times a day. It definitely takes some getting used to.

So far, I’ve figured out that some of the foods that are great for people with acid reflux are: oatmeal, bananas, lettuce, green beans, sweet potatoes, broccoli, rice, and cous-cous. Aside from eating these foods, I’ve also been drinking ginger tea (I simply boil ginger in water) and hot water with honey. As well, I’ve been taking an apple-cider vinegar capsule before I go to bed and a probiotic when I wake up in the morning.

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In order to make my food less bland, I mix different ingredients together. For example, today I combined kale salad with sweet potato! This diet is hard for those who aren’t used to unseasoned food but it’s definitely do-able.

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I’m sorry I’ve been so awful with posting lately. I have been taking photos and thinking of ideas; my mind is always on this blog, even when I’m absent. More to come tomorrow!

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Update: Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules (Day 231)

Today’s post is just going to be a little update on those apple cider vinegar capsules I previously mentioned. I have nothing but positive news! I take a capsule with water every night before I go to sleep and that routine (along with a better diet) has completely eradicated by acid reflux (or at least the annoying symptoms)! I highly recommend them to anyone dealing with acid reflux. They are total life savers. Finally I can stop worrying that I have lung cancer or some strange illness- my chronic cough was most definitely linked with my acid reflux. :)

Some foods that also help:

-oatmeal (this helps tenfold)

-bananas

-whole grain bread

 

 


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Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules (Day 228)

Once upon a time, hot sauce was my favourite food. I wish that ten word story had a happy ending. Instead, my love of hot sauce gave me an annoying case of acid reflux. Now I try to avoid the stuff. One of the side affects of my acid reflex is an ultra-annoying persistent cough. Luckily, I’ve found something that helps me.

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At first I didn’t think these supplements would work. At first, I’d take one during the day, and I would feel better for about fifteen minutes, and then my cough would return. Last night though, I took one before I went to bed. It not only helped me intensely but I also didn’t cough at all today! (Another plus is that they are high in potassium.)

I took one again tonight because my cough came back as I settled into bed. I’m going to try this out for a little longer and I will let you know how it goes. Acid reflux sounds like an old man’s disease. I can’t even believe I have it, so anything to ease it makes me happy.

My mother also has acid reflux, and she finds that mixing straight apple cider vinegar with water helps too. I like the capsules because you don’t get that sour taste and they are super convenient.