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Finally cut out soda and sugar completely and I have heartburn?

Carmen Rivera

So for about a week now I have had absolutely no soda or sugar. I decided to finally get healthy. I have stuck to mostly fiber, lots of water and milk and yogurt. I was feeling great and excited until I started getting heartburn. I've had it for about 2 days now on and off. What's really crazy is when my diet consisted of what a child would eat(sugar,soda,processed foods) I never had this problem. I mean my diet was really bad I never ate anything good and I never drank water. Now I have switched it up and this heartburn is really annoying and I'm wondering if I should be worried or just tweak my diet?
Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

7 Replies


I wouldn't worry now

but if it keeps up maybe you should talk to your Dr. Or try keeping a list of what you have eaten and see what bring the heartburn on. You might just find its one thing that you can live with out. That's what I try to do when things start happening and I don't know why. Its usually something I've eaten and nothing to worry about. Hope this helps. I'm a big junk food eater and I don't think I could stop. Good for you cutting out all the bad food!! Good luck!
Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:34 pm
Carmen Rivera

I think it's the milk

I never ever drank milk and now I'm drinking it a lot. I went through a gallon of milk in about two days. I read that milk yogurt and cheese and cause heartburn and I was eating a lot of all three. So I'll cut it out and see if that helps. Fingers crossed.
Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

You could be right

Has it ever bugged you before? My youngest has a bad allergy to milk, it burns his stomach.
Try not drinking any for a few days, then have some and see if that
brings it on again. Milk is in so many things you wouldn't believe it,
even hot dogs.
Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:46 pm
Carmen Rivera

I thought it wasn't a problem before but...

I never drank milk. I ate products containing milk with no problem. I never drank milk though, maybe a few times growing up but not that I can remember as an adult. I recently started drinking a lot of it and eating a lot of yogurt and cheese because I knew it had been so long that my body had been without the nutrients and the benefits these foods contain. Maybe I over did it. I drank three glasses one day not including the milk I had in my sugar free shredded wheat.
Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:54 pm


When you switch a diet drastically your body will react if you change to healthier eating sometimes your body may have a few weird days as its working all the bad toxins out of your system... But it sounds like to much milk is upsetting your system.Try drink lots of water to flush stuff out.If the heartburn continues as Takoda mentioned talk to your doctor.He/She can also help you with a eating plan or perhaps getting a referral to a dietitian for free so they can talk to you and help you set up a new eating plan.Good Luck
Mar 19, 2012 @ 01:46 pm

lactose intolerance

I also agree that this sounds like lactose intolerance. Perhaps the problem was jumping in rather abruptly instead of easing into a new diet. Try backing off the dairy a little (don't quit completely) and supplement with lactose-free products like Lactaid or soy milks. There are also lactose supplements you can take to ease any discomfort.

I have had on-again-off-again lactose intolerance for a good 10 years or so, and certain cheeses, yogurts, and milks react differently in my system. For example, hard cheese (the kind you slice) is easier on me than soft cheeses (like ricotta, cottage cheese, etc); regular yogurt is better than greek yogurt, and buttermilk is better than regular milk. However, as long as I consume any dairy in moderation I'm just fine.
Mar 19, 2012 @ 01:51 pm


may just be your sudden change but I'd check with your doc.
Mar 20, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

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