Gut Health: Gabby Bernstein's Experience with SIBO, GERD and More

My inner strength grew as I continued my daily journey to recovery. I no longer saw myself as irreparably damaged and defective. Each day I approached food by asking myself, “Is what I am eating in my own best interest? ” I have come to realize that when I act in my own best interest, it is in the best interest of everyone I love. I realized that this process would take time and be very uncomfortable in the beginning.

I started bicycling in 2008, and started losing a lot of weight. Part of my diet plan was to stop eating at all after about 3pm.

Binge eating

They reduce your body’s production of gastric acids. Unlike some other medications, you only need to take them once a day to prevent symptoms. Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa, may also contribute to some cases of GERD. “People who induce vomiting, or have in the past, can have an increased risk of heartburn,” says Jacqueline L. Wolf, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Bulimia is a serious eating disorder and mental health condition.

One can either increase it to two times per day, or increase the morning dose to 40 mg. The prokinetic agent metoclopramide (2.5-5.0 mg), 30 minutes before meals, can sometimes be helpful to decrease the frequency of reflux or unintentional vomiting. Presumably, it acts on the central “emetic” centre or via raising the tone of the lower oesophageal sphincter (Wood, Shega, Lynch, & vonRoenin, 2007). Most of these sensitivities and IBS will resolve with refeeding, so give it time.

Body weight gain due to constipation and edema due to fluid retention may contribute to their increasing anxiety, and close supervision is required during this time to ensure that withdrawal is successful [113 ]. I’m so grateful that you shared your story, Gabby.

Rather than focusing on all the foods you should avoid you should instead focus on all of the foods that can help lessen GERD symptoms. If you suffer from GERD then you probably know certain foods, especially citrus fruits can aggravate the condition. But what about foods that can lessen GERD? Here is a list of 20 foods that don’t aggravate GERD symptoms whatsoever. When you have bulimia you tend to eat very quickly, consume a lot of food in one sitting during a binge, become stressed and anxious at meal times and not really focus on chewing your food.

It is worth every daily effort I have made to get well, and to live the life I always wanted, with dignity and respect for myself and others. I continued to go to the 12-step program throughout my bulimia recovery, and found spiritual strength in those meetings. I found hope that awakened me to the power of the mercy and grace of God. I came to believe that He could help restore me to spiritual and physical health. I began to pray more and ask God every day to help me live in recovery and abstinence from my addictions.

Maybe you don’t know what the hell is wrong, but you just feel awful. Do any of these sound familiar? If so, that’s because digestive complaints are common when struggling with eating disorder recovery and can include constipation, gas, pain, bloating, diarrhea, acid reflux, indigestion and more.

I’m 36 years old now and I’ve only had to be on meds twice since I was 22. Even if I have a ‘cheat’ day I don’t suffer any set backs like I did when I was younger and on meds. Never underestimate the power of a good workout.

My experience with SIBO

It has the highest death rate of any mental illness. Between 5% and 20% of people who develop the disease eventually die from it.

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