Today's question comes from Amber who wants to know if the keto lifestyle can help out with GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).
What are the symptoms of GERD?
Eric's claim about heartburn...
And what the studies show about low-carb diets and GERD.
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Chad: 00:06 So we're getting a lot of questions regarding the proper way to live life and ketosis. We have you covered in our midweek mini series called Sunday supps. Every Sunday we have a quick supplemental episode where we answer your questions on all things Keto. So our question today comes from amber and she asks, I listened to the podcast and I really enjoyed the amount of information that I've learned from your podcast alone after living the Paleo lifestyle for four years. I started strict Keto on January 1st welcome to the light side. No, I'm just kidding. Um, along with doing pilates, I feel amazing. My sister wanted to do this journey with me, but she has gerd and is really worried about changing her diet. Could the Keto diet help with Gerd? So, um, I'm not familiar with Gerd. Eric, can you just give us like a brief explanation about what [inaudible] is and then amber is just wondering if her sister should, uh, try try Keto with that.
Eric: 00:58 Gerd is a sphincter issue. Okay. Okay. So basically what it is, it's gastroesophageal reflux disease. All right, so you, you, I call it a sphincter issue because exactly what it is. Uh, what happens in your stomach? Obviously you have your esophagus, guess that you know, when you, when you eat food travels down the esophagus to the stomach. Okay? So basically there's something, there is a gatekeeper and that's the sphincter. And so what happens, and I'm sure you've experienced gerd or heartburn or acid reflux, et cetera. And so what happened in I, nobody probably knows this anyway, but there is a sphincter there that, um, it's the gatekeeper that keeps food in. So once you eat it down, it prevents it from going back up. So the sphincter for some reason opens up and obviously it's a return or reflux. So the acid or food travels back up the esophagus. Okay. So then that's what you're getting at. Of course you esophagus it's this long. So you get this, you know, in your chest, like heartburn, but the esophagus doesn't, it has no protection against acid. Your stomach acid, the stomach does, the esophagus does not. So that's where you start getting the burn the and then eventually get information. You get scarring and good can get pretty nasty basically. Especially if we call Gerd. Gerd is more chronic. We have, I mean, I can honestly say, and people are gonna maybe mock me. I have never experienced heartburn and my life never. Okay. I don't know what it feels like. I had a father that always had continuous heartburn. I have friends that are always in, I'll have reflux issues. And you said you have it. I mean you are you like once a week twice or just very seldom.
Chad: 02:56 I don't, I hardly ever have heartburn. Yeah. It's, no, it's really not an issue for me.
Eric: 03:01 No, but, but, but you've had it though, for sure. Okay. All right. And so basically that's what it is and it's very uncomfortable. And I think 20% of people have gerd, bedding, maybe 50, 60% people experience heartburn and Indian, you know, they always say it's an acid issues, stomach acid, like too much stomach acid. But no, I'm in the camp that, you know, everybody, you know, of course people are pushing antacids, Proton pump inhibitors, h two blocker or things like that, uh, pushing it. Because it's too much stomach acid. Let's reduce your stomach acid. But the basically, you know, what's so neat about keto Uh, definitely, um, I've had clients that I coached that had some issues. Um, and what's, what, where I'm at and where most, you know, the camp is app, what's causing that sphincter valve to reopen. And one of the biggest things a lot of carbs do okay, is you get too much carbs, too much glucose, that you're going to get a little more bacteria, a little more fermentation, you're going to get a more bloat, a little more pressure. What we'll do is that's going to push against, you know, that stomach acid, the contents will push against that sphincter, push it open, push stuff back up. And so, uh, that's, you know, with low carb keto or even Paleo, different ones, you get to the very low carb issue, you're going to eliminate that. And in fact, they did a couple of studies. I know one I've heard about was the Duke study and, uh, where they didn't, you know, um, they took to those, suffered from Gerd and did it for a week and put them on a low carbohydrate diet. And they almost had complete, uh, reduction of, um, uh, of Gerd, uh, just in one week of a low carb diet.
Eric: 04:55 And then I looked into, I remember having a study, so I pulled it back up. Um, they did an obesity, those that were obese and they put them on a six day with like 20 grams a day of carbs. And they actually did an, what they call it, esophageal Ph probe testing. So they tested the acid coming back up, you know, in their esophagus and after six days a on a very low carb, which is 20, 20 grams. Uh, it really reduced the girl, uh, completely almost. So I'm in the camp of low carb for Gerd. So, and there's a lot of people talking about it and you know, and the sad part is when you realize without enough acid, you know, you know, you want to, you know, protein pump inhibitors and h two blockers, you know, they'll, and you know, uh, uh, decrease the stomach acid production and the actual receptor. But what you're worried about, you need acid because otherwise your, you know, your minerals are going to be reduced. Your magnesium B12 you need it for that or you're going to get more bacteria. Uh, there's a few that way. I mean, it helps with infections in different things. So you really need that stomach acid to do its job. There's a purpose for it. Okay. Okay, great. And so, yeah, I'm in the camp, just a low carb and I've talked to people in it at coach people that went low carb and they don't have the heartburn or the reflux. And some of these just had like two times or once or twice a week heartburn, uh, the other person had more severe like Gerd. Gerd is chronic and it's definitely something you have to take care of. It. I mean, yeah, I mean, I mean it's painful and very uncomfortable and it can be very damaging.
Chad: 06:32 Yeah. Yeah. So it sounds like amber, your sister, I mean it sounds like go for it. At least give it a try. If notice obviously if she notices things aren't right, then uh, then we can always go back to the, to, to the Diet previous. But um, yeah, it sounds like it's, it's helped a lot of people and they've had a good experience on it.
Eric: 06:54 You mean people with gluten sensitivity with grains and dairy different except to tweak it. Uh, but uh, definitely bring down the, the, the glucose is what you wanted to bring down cause it's the sugars for sure.
Chad: 07:06 That's great. Well, thanks for biohacking with us today. Okay. Thank you. And I thank all of you for joining us on this quest for optimal fitness. If you're ready to begin your own journey and live your life and Ketosis, be sure to check out biofitcoaching.com or biofit coaching on Instagram that handles @keto.biohacker. And until next stay keto.