Digestive complaints such as heartburn or GORD (gastro oesophageal reflux disease) are often the first disorders to improve when you switch to LCHF. Eating excessive amounts of carbohydrates has been found to be particularly bad for the "good" bacteria in the gut, leaving room for the "bad" microorganisms to flourish and the situation is often made worse by the use of protein pump inhibitors (PPIs), the medications often prescribed to treat GORD.
Two new studies have found that PPIs alter gut bacteria in ways that could explain some of the problems associated with the drugs. Researchers at the University of Groningen and Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands, as well as the Broad Institute of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have discovered that, among other things, PPI users have less gut bacterial diversity. The researchers, who published their results in the journal Gut, found that these differences existed even when PPI users did not have gastrointestinal conditions, thereby confirming that they are caused by the drugs rather than the disease.
Researchers at King's College London, Cornell University and Columbia University obtained similar results from studies in which individuals' gut bacteria were analyzed before and after patients took PPIs for four to eight weeks.
PPIs may limit the gut's diversity by reducing its natural acidity and creating an environment that is either more or less favourable to certain microbes. Because your gut bacteria influence your intestinal absorption of calcium and other vitamins and minerals, these drug-induced changes could explain why people who take PPIs are more likely to fracture certain bones and have nutritional deficiencies.
The good news is that you can start restoring your "good" bacteria in as little as 24 hours when you start following a LCHF diet and very quickly get rid of GORD and the need for PPIs altogether.
If you'd like to know more and get support to lose weight and manage chronic health conditions contact:
Helen Chauhan, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Iris Family Medicine, 1486 High St, Glen Iris
Tel 9509 2144