Eat Plants, Skip Reflux Drugs?

16 Dec

If you experience acid reflux (when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus), dietary strategies may work as well as drugs.

In a study of 184 adults with the condition, participants either took drugs called proton pump inhibitors or followed a mostly plant-based, Mediterranean-style diet (including alkaline water) for six weeks. (Alkalinity inactivates pepsin, a digestive enzyme thought to injure throat tissues.) People in both groups showed similar improvements.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health December 2017 JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Sept.7, 2017

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