Yet another unexpected benefit from a ketogenic diet is that as the body becomes ‘keto-adapted,' sufferers of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) likely notice a reduction in the acidity in the esophagus. That acidity is what's behind the painful sensation known as ‘heartburn'.
A study in the Journal of Digestive Diseases and Sciences assessed a cohort of obese patients with GERD, testing the severity of their symptoms using the GERD Symptom Assessment Scale-Distress Subscale. After study subjects had their initial symptoms measured, they started a ketogenic diet. The participants ate a ‘very low carbohydrate diet' that consisted less than 20g/day of carbohydrates.
After six days, the study participants were tested again for symptoms, showing a marked improvement. The researchers reported that their data “suggest that a very low-carbohydrate diet in obese individuals with GERD significantly reduces distal esophageal acid exposure and improves symptoms.”
This link leads to the journal abstract about the study.
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