Jeff from Houston sent us this question: “I’m experiencing acid reflux, or at least pressure and discomfort in the esophagus, while doing Keto. My sense is that it is the result of high-fat foods. I’ve taken proton pump inhibitors for GERD for years, and now I’m concerned I may not be able to continue the diet. There is no information on this anywhere on the internet. My question: how can I avoid GERD symptoms while on Keto?
Certain food items may exacerbate acid reflux related symptoms. Diet, however, is not a cause of acid reflux. This is a very common misconception. Underlying cause of acid reflux disease or GERD is a weak anti-reflux barrier. The anti-reflux barrier consists of a complex anatomical and physiological mechanism that prevents gastric content from refluxing back into esophagus.
Whether you eat fatty food or simply drink water, acid reflux is likely to happen if you have a weak anti-reflux barrier. The weaker the barrier the higher the frequency and severity of acid reflux episodes.
Hiatal hernia, poor esophageal motility, delayed gastric emptying are some of the factors that contribute to a weak anti-reflux barrier. If you have been taking proton pump inhibitors for years, it is time to get evaluated. At Houston Heartburn and Reflux Center, we offer comprehensive acid reflux evaluation to stage your acid reflux disease and prescribe the appropriate treatment.
Restoring the anti-reflux barrier allows you to enjoy keto or any other diet you choose. Stop the BURN!! Get tested and enjoy normal life again.