When I first started doing pale, back in July, I thought it might have been a coincidence that my heartburn was gone. It’s not like I suffer of a bad case of heartburn, it’s just a bit uncomfortable. Every now and then, I have some acid reflux, and that’s where it gets annoying.
After my 30 days of primal, I fell back to my old ways, munching on grains. With the carbs, came back my heartburn. Now, having started doing pale again, I can draw a clear connection between my carb consumption and the uncomfortable heartburns. Just like magic, once I reduced my grain intake the symptoms pretty much vanished.
I did some research on the subject, and Mark Sisson has a very interesting post about the subject. Apparently he suffered from GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) back when he was an endurance athlete. Just like me, and many of his blog readers, Mark found out that cutting grains from his diet was the solution to his problems.
Unfortunately, there is not a lot of research out there looking at the connection between grains and heartburn. But if you take into consideration Robb Wolfs argument that our organism is not evolved enough to properly digest grains, and how they cause several health problems, it kind of makes sense.
I wonder how many other health problems could be solved by simply changing our diets. How about you? Did you notice any improvement to health problems after going primal?