Hi, my name is John and I have an acid problem. Well, a stomach acid problem, that is. This, partnered by the fact that I don’t really seem to get heartburn, the acid has caused damage to my esophagus.
So, I’ve been researching the topic and have found a few causes of stomach acid:
- Smoking – I always knew it would get back to me. I took a long drag on a cigar when I was in the 2nd grade. We were using it to light fire crackers.
- Drinking – I know this is hard to believe, especially since I live in New Orleans, but I’ve only had one drink of alcohol in my life (and it was in church). I was on a mission trip in Indonesia and didn’t suspect that the team would be serving real wine for communion.
- Caffeine and Carbonated Beverages – I never drink soda. Just kidding. That’s a big part of my problem.
- Consumption of too much spicy food – or in other words, eating any type of food that tastes good. I don’t understand the problem. I don’t always eat New Orleans style food. Sometimes I eat Mexican, Spicy Chinese, or Italian. Even when I don’t, there’s always Tony Chachere’s, Tabasco and Louisiana Hot Sauce, but I just use a little.
- Lack of drinking water – Water consumption has gone up and down in my life, but it’s certainly going up now.
- Stress – I’m in ministry. Go figure.
Ok, so I’m doing better. My diet’s changed for the past 3 ½ weeks or so and I’ve already lost about 10 lbs. I’m eating Oatmeal every morning and drinking 7 gallons of water each day (Well, maybe it’s only 6 gallons).
More updates to come…