Book Review: The Acid Watcher Diet
In February 2017, I came down with what I thought was a cold. I had lots of coughing, a raspy throat, difficulty swallowing, post nasal drip...the whole deal. It was a doozy and after a few days, I went to the doctor. It just wasn't getting better.
Since I was convinced it was a cold, I guess I convinced my doc that it was a cold; so we started throwing all the usual remedies at it. However, it got worse and worse.
By March, I determined it had gone on too long. Unfortunately, my doctor was out of town. Since I had added the disturbing symptoms of gagging, not being able to keep any food down other than Ensure, and rapid weight loss to my previous list of symptoms, I made an appointment with a gastroenterologist.
Luckily, my journey ended there. After an endoscopy, I discovered I had GERD (gastroesophageal reflux). For those of you who don't know, gastroesophageal reflux is where acid builds up in your stomach and surges up your esophagus causing heartburn.
I was shocked by the diagnosis as I had had no heartburn. Turns out that in some cases (called silent reflux) heartburn is not one of the main concerns. Rather the acid travels up the esophagus and over the vocal cords, burning them--thus the coughing and gagging symptoms.
As usual when life throws something negative in my path, I turned to books on the topic. The Acid Watcher Diet by Jonathan Aviv, MD, was the first and as it turns out one of the most helpful.
In one of the first paragraphs, Dr. Aviv listed all the symptoms of my two-month-long "cold". When I read them, I knew I had found a book that would lead the way back to health.
I highly recommend this book to those of you who may suffer with heartburn or may have frequent occurrences of a hoarse voice, throat clearing, and gagging. You may see yourself on those pages.
Although this book and the subject of GERD are not traditionally vegan topics, they are topics particularly appropriate for this blog as we work to become the healthiest versions of ourselves.
The Acid Watcher Diet covers, in detail:
- the symptoms of GERD
- how to gather a team of medical professionals to help guide you on your journey
- foods to avoid and foods to eat
- lifestyle changes that may be needed
- cooking methods that will help you make progress.
By now, I have read this book a couple of times. It is written in an easy-to-follow and helpful format. And, it's not just a book you'll read through, but one that will become a reference helpful in making daily eating decisions.
I hope you'll check out this book if you have this problem. And stay tuned. I will be writing more posts on GERD from time to time. They will give you tips on how to cope and how to work positive changes into your life.