Hello. 6 years ago i was diagnosed with acid reflux disease or GERD. No need to say that for sommelier this sounds like death penalty, especially when the official medicine says that alcohol is absolutely forbidden till the end of life. Thoigh there are some sources and researches that say that the situation is not so dramatic. Did you face that kind of helath problem or may be other digestive diseases, how do you live and work with that? Thanks
I think if it’s something you really want to do you can definitely overcome these challenges. The one question I have though, is are you allowed to taste alcohol with that condition, as long as you don’t drink the alcohol and just spit it out? I think every sommilier faces this problem at some point, as you can only drink so much before it starts becoming a hindrance. Most professional sommeliers and other wine professionals I have met enjoy wine, but when it comes to tasting many wines know when to use the spit method. I think if you are able to taste but not swallow you can still do well in this profession. It may be difficult though you will still be able to read the wines off of sight, as well the smell and taste without swallowing any alcohol. Nothing in the sommelier exam asks you how you “felt after drinking” the wine, just what you observed through sight, smell, and taste.
Check out the book "The Plant Paradox" written by Stephen Gundry MD. Fascinating book on nutrition and how certain foods can wreak havoc on our overall health. According to the book, there are many diseases/symptoms that can be reversed with some diet changes. It is worth a look. Hope it helps.
Oops, Steven R. Gundy MD.
I also have GERD and have successfully kept it in check for years while imbibing my fair share. I take omeprazole, or Prilosec, daily and it generally does the trick. If I miss a day, I definitely notice. When headed to an event I may take a couple, as they often lean towards richer fare depending on the theme.
There was a train of thought that daily dosing would cause harm in the long-term, but this has been disproven as multiple doctors have told me. Either way, it doesn't stop me from living a normal life. Perhaps yours is more severe than mine, and I'm not certain how I'd go about coping with that. Diet certainly plays a significant role...
i am taking it too but as far as i know, many types of research now say that long term taking of PPIs is bad for the human body:i faced a problem of stomach metaplasia and atrophic gastritis after having Omeprazole for few years. How long do you live with GERD and how often do you drink wine and what is your PPI dose now per day?
well, the problem is that sometimes, even when i just taste and spit out the wine, i may feel heartburn too. There is a kind of solution in taking PPI like Omeprazole, but some types of research say that it is quite dangerous to take it for a long time and leads to stomach cancer
I have had this issue from time to time. We need to take care of ourselves in this industry. Hydration, regular exercise, plant based diet, and drinking in moderation all seem to curb my issues when they arise. I am also a huge believer is a capful of Braggs apple cider vinegar when you have GERD. It hurts for a minute, but you will burp and feel better. Lemons and apples are good too.
But vinegar and apples increasing the acidity of stomach, the same is with wine
I never swallow wine at work, i drink alcohol once or twice at month, just for some special occasion and not in big quantity. i stopped with coffee, i don't smoke, no spicy food, i try to do sport as much as i can, eat fibre , like cereals,drink camomile instead of tea. When i have heartburn i take gaviscon, it's not a medicine so basically you can have it as much as you want as it's just sodium and calcium , obviously don't abuse, but it helps to lower your PH.
try to don't drink and eat rubbish.
Three doctors I visit have all dismissed the early research (one report) that indicated risk of harm associated with long term use as it has been proven inaccurate, so they tell me. Taking their word for it, as they are there to maintain my health. I'm sure there are extenuating circumstances, but they have told me there is no concern.
I've had GERD for about seven or eight years, have taken omeprazole daily (20mg regularly, on rare occasions 40mg) for the last 4-5 years, and I consume wine 5-6 nights per week. Works for me, but we are all different of course.
I had terrible reflux and kept thinking that the alcohol was the cuplrit, but after I quit several times for 2, 3 and 4 weeks and didn't notice a difference, I just thought I was doomed. Medications never helped me and as an MD, I was also concerned about the long term effects. It turns out that diet made a much larger difference for me also. It took 8 years to figure out what diet would help, but once I did the Whole30 it was gone in 3 days. Of course, that diet does not include alcohol, but after I finished the 30 days, I was able to add back alcohol and a few other things without a return of the reflux. My triggers tend to be wheat and sugars more than anything else. My cousin, a dentist, who is a big researcher of health matters found that her main trigger is dairy.
What is whole30? It seems that for me alcohol is a trigger(( can’t give up omeprazole now...feel like omeprazole junk
and what doctors say about having drinking wine while taking PPI? Is it ok?
So do i: i drink wine very seldom now, but working in wine business without drinking wine seems to me like being a pianist and not playing a piano(