1. Eliminate refined carbohydrates, sugars and the numerous processed foods containing them from your diet.
Stop eating the regular American diet, in other words. This is frequently the major cause of heartburn! It really is incredible how easily and quickly heartburn can be stopped by a low carb diet. When stomach acid is low, too many carbohydrates are able to ferment inside the stomach and emit gases that may increase the pressure inside of the stomach which can cause bad breath, gas, bloating and acid reflux. This can also set the stage for additional digestive problems inside of the intestines.
2. Consume traditional proteins and fats.
When it comes to the low-carb equation, this is the other side of it. It is also somewhat implied by our first point. In addition to being excellent sources of nutrition, traditional proteins and fats help to reduce cravings for refined carbs and sugar. Fats provide anti-inflammatory effects to our digestive tract’s lining and protein helps drive digestion as well. Hydrochloric acid activates pepsin, which is the enzyme inside of stomach which digests proteins. Therefore, in order for protein to work properly, strong acid production is needed.
Maybe there is a reason why protein and fats occur in nature together so frequently?
Traditional protein and fats include:
- Wild fish
- Meat from pastured and wild animals
- Cultured and raw dairy (if tolerated)
- Organic, pastured eggs
- High quality oils – extra virgin olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, tallow, lard
- Whole seeds and nuts, prepared properly