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Munecka1


2-25-98

I started having heartburn when I became pregnant. After about a year I was also suffering from pains in my chest. In 1993 I had an EKG and a chest x-ray which determined that my heart was not the problem. I was told that the valve in my stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter) was open and allowing acid to reflux into the esophagus causing the pain. I was given Maalox (an antacid, Alumina, Maganesia and Simethicone) for the heartburn. Sometimes when I sleep, I get the sour saliva taste in my mouth. I keep Tums (Calcium Carbonate) available on the night stand. My doctor said that I should raise the head of my bed so that gravity can help keep the stomach contents where it belongs but I have not done this yet.

I have found that if I really control my diet and reduce the level of stress I do much better. The stress has been helped by strengthening my faith in God. The diet is complicated by the fact that I am hypoglycemic. I stopped eating at Mexican fast food restaurants and I decided to avoid all spicy food. I started eating lesser amounts of garlic and food made with flour, like bread. When I have a piece of any kind of bread my stomach starts feeling heated up by the increase in acid.

My diet is as natural as possible. I do not drink soda, coffee, and very little tea (peppermint) or milk (milk has sucrose and it lowers my blood sugar). I do not eat food that has been processed with preservatives and any kind of sugars. I do not eat corn, potatoes, rice , bananas or grapes. These foods lower my blood sugar. I have three snacks a day of a protein and a carbohydrate.

I also supplement my diet with Shaklee Soy Protein Shake and Shaklee vitamins supplements. My diet is low in fat and I eat a fruit in the morning and at dinner time, also I have a before bedtime snack for my blood sugar level. My weight has dropped from 180 pounds to 140 pounds. In October 1997 I started making the changes in my diet and using the Shaklee supplements. I feel full of energy and I'm a new person.

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