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Why You Should Trust Me

I have a 100% success rate with this diet, with a small sample size. I also know many people who have gone gluten free and seen their reflux get significantly better or disappear. And going gluten free will eliminate most inorganic phosphates. 

I was extremely strict with the food additive elimination diet to determine it was inorganic phosphates causing the reflux. At first I eliminated many food additives. I ate no candy last Halloween. Then after feeling better I slowly added the additives back in, one at a time, and determined it was the phosphates causing reflux.

I'm very data driven by nature, and being data driven was drilled into me even more after being a software engineer at Google for 14 years, building globally available, reliable, resilient infrastructure systems. I always tried to understand the root cause of issues. And after 20 years of the same Gerd advice that didn't work, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I've stuck to this diet since October 2022 and for the first time since 2000 I'm off all acid blockers and I have no reflux. I eat whatever food I want, whenever I want. I just source it from the right place. I'm eating healthier, as many processed foods are off my diet. I'm also able to drink orange juice and eat pasta Bolognese, which makes me so happy. For the first time in 20 years I'm able to sleep on one pillow.

When I started the diet I saw results in 5 days, so you should know pretty fast if it works for you. This is a sustainable diet, as you don't have to give up any specific foods. You can eat gluten, dairy, acidic foods, fatty foods, caffeine and alcohol. (Note wine has sulfates, not phosphates.) No dietician or doctor will argue with this diet, as eliminating preservatives and processed foods is always considered healthier.

Once in a while when I break the diet and eat inorganic phosphates, I feel reflux symptoms a few hours after eating that meal and it lasts for up to 2 days. Pepcid usually helps with the symptoms. And knowing there's an end in 48 hours helps me cope. I break the diet to test it, yet again. Or because I can't resist the awesome looking chocolate cake.

This is not a weight loss diet. You can incorporate it with your weight loss diet, as eating more naturally usually goes hand in hand with a weight loss diet. Note that I actually gained 5lbs on this diet, but for me, that's a good thing. I would get too skinny when my reflux acted up.

I hope you decide to try it. Do it for 2 weeks and see what happens. In the worst case, you eat healthier for 2 weeks. In the best case, you'll be in total control of your reflux for the rest of your life.

Please message me whether you try it or not! I'd love to hear your story.

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Yes. In doing my food additive elimination diet, I have identified other preservatives and food additives that I avoid. Some cause me non-reflux but uncomfortable symptoms, like sinus pressure or bloa


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