Can a Ketogenic Diet Help People with Acid Reflux?
Alternative Approaches for GERD & Acid Reflux
Operating under the premise that GERD and acid reflux often results from insufficient stomach acid rather than an excess, some physicians and nutritionists may approach things differently from the advice above:
- Take supplemental HCl: Stomach acid is available in supplement form, as betaine HCl.
- Take apple cider vinegar before meals: Providing acid directly may help increase the stomach’s acidity. Many people find a squeeze of lemon in their water helps aid digestion; perhaps this is why. Keep in mind that many cultures around the world consume pickled or fermented foods with their meals, especially when the meals are rich or fatty, such as the European tradition of sauerkraut or cornichons with sausages or pâté. Think of these acidic condiments as digestive aids.
- Don’t consume large amounts of liquid with meals: For people who already produce insufficient stomach acid, it may be wise not to dilute what is produced with excessive amounts of fluid. Hydrate enough throughout the day so you’re not overly thirsty at mealtimes. (You shouldn’t require large amounts of liquid to “wash down your food.”)
- Don’t eat while acutely stressed: Relax! Allow that rest and digest part of your physiology to shine. Try not to eat in your car, standing up, or otherwise on the go. When possible, avoid conducting business during meals. Try to eat in a calm frame of mind and in pleasant surroundings. Easier said than done, especially if you’re a parent of young children, but try to be as calm and unhurried as your circumstances allow.
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