“All diseases begin in the gut.” – Hippocrates
Why you should NOT take part in the ketogenic (keto) diet if you have heartburn! You may already think the keto diet is another fad that is for weight loss. It may be very beneficial if you need to lose weight, but heartburn is a whole different ailment.
WHAT IS HEARTBURN?
Heartburn, commonly known as acid reflux, is when the stomach acid comes back up the esophagus, food tube, and can reach all way to the mouth.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE KETOGENIC DIET?
The ketogenic diet decreases the amount of carbohydrates (carbs) you eat, and increases the protein and fats in your diet.
HOW DOES THE KETO DIET EFFECT YOUR BODY?
The first form of food your body uses for energy is carbs, then fats, and then protein. So that means it’s the second in line’s turn to be used for energy, fat. Your body uses fat as energy when your carbohydrate stores are depleted. which can happen when you decrease the carb intake. Your body then uses ketones for energy. Ketones are created when body fat and dietary are broken down by the body.
ACID REFLUX AND FATTY FOODS
It is common that your heartburn is worse after eating foods with a lot of food. It takes your stomach more time to digest fat, which means that your stomach acid is working longer, increasing the chance that the valve (lower esophageal sphincter: LES) that separates the stomach and the esophagus (food tube) opens. It is difficult for the LES to stay closed the longer food is being digested in the stomach.
You may be wondering if you should be consuming healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil and avocados. It is a good idea to consume these because there are other benefits. Eating a majority carbs from whole foods, and protein, will help you stay away from consuming too much fat.
DOES IT MATTER WHAT CARBS I CONSUME IF I SHOULDN’T DO THE KETO DIET?
You may be thinking increase your carb intake if it is not a good idea to increase the amount of fat in your diet. People will typically think any carbs will be okay, but that is not true. Processed carbs are never recommended. Carbs from whole foods are always recommended.
THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO RELIEVE YOUR HEARTBURN
Being overweight or obese, is a factor that increases your chance of heartburn. That is because it puts more pressure on your food tube, stomach, and other parts of your digestive tract. I am saying this because the keto diet is commonly used for weight loss, so someone that is overweight and has heartburn may have to find other ways to lose weight. (THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS THAT YOU COULD REACH YOUR WEIGHT LOSS GOALS) As I said before, the body uses ketones for energy, which it gets from stored fat and dietary fat, so this could be very problematic to someone who is overweight and has heartburn.
If you are over weight and have heartburn, it is a good idea to start the relieving your heartburn with the 4 Essential Steps, avoid the most common heartburn causing foods, eating whole foods like vegetables and lean protein, along with lifestyle changes.
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