Q. Heartburn has been my constant companion for years. I was always taking antacids or acid suppressing drugs.
My acid reflux disappeared last year when I stopped eating bread. I also cut back on starch, sugar and other carbs. I learned that foods like bagels, crackers or pretzels made me feel tired. When I quit, I discovered to my delight I had no more symptoms.
A. People with heartburn are usually told to avoid fatty or spicy foods. Although there are few studies to support such restrictions, research backs up your experience that cutting back on carbs can relieve reflux (Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Aug., 2006).
Stopping acid-suppressing drugs can be tricky because of acid rebound. We offer recommendations for phasing off drugs like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium along with lots of non-drug approaches to heartburn in our Guide to Digestive Disorders.