How Low Carb Diets Drastically Reduce Acid Reflux Symptoms
Studies show that a low carb/high fat diet can significantly improve acid reflux symptoms (5). This is because an overgrowth of bad bacteria (a condition called gut dysbiosis) has been shown to increase intra-abdominal pressure, and, therefore, lead to or result in acid reflux.
Since carbohydrates (especially refined sugar and alcohol) “feed” the bad bacteria in your system, removing starchy carbs and sugar from your diet can prevent these bacteria from growing and overpopulating your GI tract—and, therefore, reduce intra-abdominal pressure (6).
One study showed that following a low carb diet for 10 weeks was sufficient enough to resolve acid reflux symptoms and the need for GERD medication altogether (7).
Now, let’s take a look at the other common causes of low stomach acid that can contribute to or worsen reflux.