reads an article on reddit. I know those who haven’t tried Keto, think the Keto community has gone mad and jumped off the deep end with all the claims, but I can tell you from my own experience, that it is about the best thing since sliced bread (even though I don’t eat bread at the moment, at least not unless it has been ketofied) for those with chronic inflammation. This is not a far stretch at all for someone like me who suffered from asthma until I went Keto. This article kicked me into high research gear and sure enough...
Keto indeed might be able to rid you of that pesky cough ...
If you are dealing with a chronic cough, ask yourself this question
Do I constantly have heartburn?
If you do, it might be a sign that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is causing your cough.
This review on pubmed from a peer-reviewed journal called Gastroenterology and Hepatology (G&H) titled management of GERD-Related chronic cough said 25% of chronic cough cases are associated with GERD.
That doesn’t mean GERD is causing your chronic cough, but it is something to review with your doctor if you have GERD because it very well could be causing the cough.
When the stomach acid is not acidic enough (between 5-6 ph), the valve at the top of the stomach that closes to prevent acid from bubbling up into the esophagus stops closing allowing the non-acidic reflux to rise up past the esophagus into the larynx and respiratory tract causing cough as protection against the acid.
I know of a case where a woman was dealing with heartburn because her stomach acid was too alkaline. To fix the problem she had to bring the ph down from the non-acidic 5 and 6 range to a more acid range between 1 and 3 ph.
You see, the problem it would seem in this case was that her esophageal sphincter, the valve between the stomach and the esophagus, was not closing properly allowing the more alkaline reflux to travel back up the esophagus. Getting her stomach acid to be more acidic enabled the esophageal sphincter to self correct and close completely.
So, the answer to this question, “Can Keto cure chronic cough?” Is…probably so.
Eating foods that keep your stomach acid in the optimal range of 1-3 could help and you could probably do that on Keto or some other diet. Keto just might be a diet that inherently enables you to eat food that promotes that optimal range of stomach acid. I know it is quite popular today to drive for alkalinity, but if the reason the esophageal sphincter won’t close is because the stomach acid is not acid enough, we might want to be trying to promote more acid and not less so that the sphincter will close all the way. The acid bubbling up has a pretty high ph already between 5 and 6 and making it more alkaline may resolve the symptom of heartburn while masking the root cause of a broken sphincter. If we don’t fix the sphincter issue by lowering the ph to below 4 the real problem of acid reflux will lurk and come back and the chronic cough along with it.