Photo by Travis Yewell on Unsplash

Photo by Travis Yewell on Unsplash

Plant-Based Diet Reduces Acid Reflux as Effectively as Medication

A new study in JAMA sought to answer a question that many people would love to know the answer: Can the symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) improve without the use of medication?

I personally know they can; read my story here. Acid reflux is actually one of the reasons I started ThePlantBasedDiet.com

This new study is welcome evidence to show just how powerful clean, green eating can be for your body.

The study included 184 patients who were either put on PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors) or given alkaline water and plant-based, Mediterranean-style meals.

After six weeks, researchers recorded changes in patients using the Reflux Symptom Index (RSI).

The results?

The study found, “The symptoms of LPR can improve with alkaline water and a plant-based diet with results not significantly different from the use of a standard PPI regimen.”

Which means you can improve from both, but the plant-based method offers a healthier way to reduce acid reflux with added benefits that might also include weight loss, improved cholesterol readings, and lower blood pressure.

What’s even better is that reducing acid reflux symptoms by using a healthy, whole-food, plant-based diet instead of PPIs, not only helps you feel better but also can alleviate bad side effects caused by the use of PPIs. And, changing your diet is less expensive than continuously buying medicine.

In another previous study, researchers found that PPI use was associated with a 25 percent heightened risk of death from all causes.

So, following a plant-diet to improve acid reflux may reduce your symptoms but also help you live a healthier life.

 

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