Can a Ketogenic Diet Help People with Acid Reflux?
What Causes Reduced Stomach Acid?
Stress is a major culprit—one people rarely think of when they think about indigestion and reflux. The cliché of a stressed-out executive grabbing a fast food lunch, eating it standing up, and then popping antacids for the rest of the day while running from one meeting to the next has a lot of truth to it.
If your sympathetic nervous system—responsible for the “fight or flight” state—is going full speed, it overpowers your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the “rest and digest” state.
The physical breakdown of food begins in your mouth, with chewing, but the biochemical aspects of digestion begin in your brain. If you’re constantly stressed out, then your body interprets this as your being in a perpetual crisis, in which case digesting your food is not a top priority, so stomach acid secretion is reduced.
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