“Let thy food be thy medicine” is an appealing quote.
But when you have GERD, the thought of replacing your acid reflux pills with dietary changes can seem challenging, unrealistic, or even…unnerving.
After all, your medication appears to be a convenient, doctor-approved way to quell your symptoms and find relief.
But make no mistake.
Acid reflux pills can come with some serious risks.
If you take PPIs, you need to know that studies have shown a correlation between your medication and gut health challenges. Even worse, other research has found an association between PPIs and dementia, heart problems, and kidney disease.
While information like this can be unsettling, the good news is, you do have other options…
A recent article in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery reveals that certain diet changes outperformed PPI medications to ease acid reflux symptoms.
In this article, we’ll look at these findings and what they mean for you. If you’re ready for a better option than acid reflux pills, keep on reading…
How PPIs Fell Short to Dietary Changes
As the article’s abstract explains, the research focused on laryngopharyngeal reflux patients. (If you’re unfamiliar with this term, you might recognize it by the name WebMD uses—silent reflux.)
According to the abstract, the study examined two types of reflux sufferers…
- Patients who used PPI treatment and standard reflux precautions.
- Patients who used alkaline water; a 90% plant-based, Mediterranean-style diet; and standard reflux precautions.
The abstract goes on to explain that researchers measured improvement with the Reflux Symptom Index and that…
- For PPI users, 54.1% experienced a clinically meaningful improvement. However, for patients who leveraged diet changes, 62.6% experienced a clinically meaningful improvement.
- For PPI patients, the mean reduction in the Reflux Symptom Index was 27.2%. In contrast, the dietary group experienced a mean reduction of 39.8%.
- According to the researchers, it seemed PPI treatment was “not significantly better” than the dietary changes and that “the 2 treatments could be clinically meaningful in favor of the dietary approach.”
What You Need to Know about Acid Reflux Pills and Your Diet
Moving beyond percentages and statistically significant findings, here’s the main takeaway from this study…
Diet can have a profound impact on reflux symptoms.
Even though researchers focused on silent reflux patients, this study offers hope for all acid reflux sufferers. To put it simply, the article demonstrates that less-acidic water and wholesome foods can beat the results of popular acid reflux pills.
How to Take the Next Step
At Cure Your Acid Reflux, a study like this isn’t surprising.
That’s because our philosophy is that what you eat is more important than the acid reflux pills you take.
Whether you’ve been on PPIs for 6 months or 6 years, the reality is…you can find freedom from medication and your painful symptoms.
This isn’t an either-or scenario where you need to choose between experiencing relief or taking dangerous prescriptions. When you let your food be your medicine, it’s a win-win for your comfort and your health.
At Cure Your Acid Reflux, we’ve made it easy to…
- Gain personalized guidance for overcoming acid reflux.
- Transform what you eat.
- Promote gut health.
- Ease your symptoms.
- And even discover foods you should avoid.
It all begins with our Cure Your Acid Reflux Program, a physician-supervised program that leads you step by step toward relief.
Our program also offers an optional IgG food sensitivity test so you can create a diet that’s tailored around your unique needs.
Step away from acid reflux pills, and step toward health when you enroll in the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program.