Laryngopharyngeal reﬂux, also known as “silent reﬂux,” a condition resulting in stomach acid entering the esophagus, is most commonly treated with medication (proton pump inhibitors), but such medications are increasingly tied to long-term side eﬀects. To determine whether a wholly dietary approach can be as eﬀective, researchers studied 85 patients with silent reﬂux who used medication and 99 patients who were treated with alkaline water (water that’s slightly less acidic than tap water), a plant-based, Mediterranean-style diet, and standard reﬂux dietary precautions (no coﬀee, chocolate, soda, greasy/fried fatty foods, or alcohol). There was no signiﬁcant diﬀerence in Reﬂux Symptom Index, a scoring chart used to assess response to treatment, between the two treatments, indicating that the dietary approach may be just as eﬀective as medicine.
JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. 2017 Sep 7. (Zalvan CH et al.) [Epub ahead of print.]