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Beware the Agony of Acid Reflux -- What You Can Do

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 19:02 / By Andrew Rynne

Beware the Agony of Acid Reflux -- What You Can Do

Beware the Agony of Acid Reflux -- What You Can Do


A mostly vegetarian diet may provide relief similar to that received by people on widely used medications with acid reflux a new study suggests. The medications mostly used these days for reflux are the so-called proton pump inhibitors (PPI). An example of these would be Losec.  

The study looked at close to 200 patients at one medical centre who had been diagnosed with laryngopharyngeal reflux. This is a condition where stomach acids habitually back up into the throat, and it's distinct from the much better-known gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) -- or what most people call heartburn. However, what cures one of these disorders may well help the other. And Zalvan, himself, used to prescribe PPI regularly for both conditions.

People with laryngopharyngeal reflux usually don't have heartburn, explained Dr. Craig Zalvan, the lead researcher on the new study. Instead, they have symptoms like hoarsenesschronic sore throat, persistent coughing, excessive throat clearing and a feeling of a lump in the throat.

However, it became clear that the medications were not effective for many patients, Zalvan said. At the same time, he noted, studies began raising concerns that PPIs are not as safe as once thought. They can have very peculiar neurological effects.

For Dr Zalvan, it all led to a new direction: prescribing a "dietary approach." rather than a pharmacological one. Based on research into diet for various chronic ills, Zalvan began advising patients to take up a mostly vegetarian diet that he describes as "Mediterranean style."

He encouraged patients to go 90-percent plant-based -- eating mainly vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains and nuts. Meat and dairy were to be limited to two or three modest servings per week.

In addition, Zalvan gave his patients the standard reflux-soothing advice to avoid coffee, tea, alcohol and fried or fatty foods.

Another thing, not addressed at all in this study, is the question of weight loss. Abdominal fat, most particularly visceral fat or that which is found inside the abdominal cavity, in exerting pressure on the stomach can have the effect of forcing the contents of that organ outwards and upwards.

If you are at all bothered by acid reflux or the less common laryngopharyngeal reflux then we are here to help you at https://www.medicaladviceforyou.com


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