Diet changes may be the best medicine for reflux.

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New research shows that diet may also help those with laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). LPR occurs when stomach acid travels all the way up to the throat and is known as “silent reflux” because, unlike GERD, it often doesn’t cause heartburn. This is great news for LPR sufferers who take proton pump inhibitor medication (PPIs), since using PPIs long-term has been linked with side effects, including an increased risk of infection and bone fractures. Plant-based, Mediterranean-style eating puts whole foods like vegetables, fruit, beans and lentils, whole grains, and flavorful herbs and spices front and center, and includes healthy sources of protein and fat like fish, nuts, and olive oil. Minimize meat, dairy, and refined and processed foods. Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, chocolate and mint, leaving at least two hours between dinner and bedtime, propping the head of your bed up a couple inches, getting to a waist size (measured at your belly button) that is half your height, and managing stress also reduce reflux.

Source: A Comparison of Alkaline Water and Mediterranean Diet vs Proton Pump Inhibition for Treatment of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

“LPR is caused by stomach acid that bubbles up into the throat as a result of GERD. Fortunately, most causes do not require medical care. They can be managed with lifestyle changes.” Cleveland Clinic

Posted on January 12, 2018 and filed under nutrition.