The combination of the popular Mediterranean diet and alkaline water may be the key to relieving the symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux or better known as simply acid reflux. A study published on Thursday suggested eating the plant-based diet coupled with drinking alkaline water might be just as effective as traditional medication.
For the study, researchers divided patients suffering from acid reflux into two groups. The first group continued to take drugs known as proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), used most often for treatment of the condition. The second group was asked to eat meals according to the Mediterranean diet. They also replaced their normal drinks with alkaline water.
After six weeks, both groups experienced a “clinically meaningful” reduction of symptoms. While the study only had 184 participants, the results strongly suggest that taking drugs is not substantially better than just changing eating habits, particularly following the Mediterranean diet.