New study links the Mediterranean diet to reduced reflux symptoms

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses what to know about new research that links the Mediterranean diet, along with alkaline water, to reduced reflux symptoms.
2:39 | 09/08/17

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And now to a "Gma" health alert about controlling your heartburn. There is a new study from new York medical college that found combining the popular mediterranean diet with alkaline water may be as effective as as sit reflux medicine. Yep. Recap what the diet is. Mediterranean diet is high in fish, grilled chicken, lots of fruits and vegetables, pretty much the way the Stephanopoulos eats this their home every night and heartburn is caused by acid that goes up into the esophagus, the class of medications, proton pump inhibitors used by millions and millions of Americans, study was interesting. It put two groups head-to-head. Those who were on these proton pump inhibitors suffering from heartbun symptoms and those just treated with a mediterranean diet and a specific type of water called alkaline water which is the opposite of acidic. It is alkaline. The group on the dietary changes actually did as well if not in some cases a little better then those on medicati@ns. We know while medications are effective they can come with a huge list of side effects, so interesting findings. Needs more study but significant in any time you can do away with some medication, it's a good sign. It's not good, acid -- So let's do some anatomy. This animation here. If you think about the as sit in our stomach it bebelongs in the stomach, not in the esophagesophagus. There is a valve squalled the sphincter. No Bueno, it doesn't belong there. Not only causes pain but irritation, inflammation, things like chronic cough, sinusitis and in some cases cancer. Will you show us the diet. Back to high school chemistry class here. We should -- children should not do this at home. I'm wearing black. But what can go wrong? So if you envision this red water as the inflammation in your esophagus, okay, and you add some acid to this. Stand back and then you think about this alkaline water. Neutralizing acid what you can see the color disappears and it's all acid based balance. The theory is that alkaline water inhibits an enzyme that increases acid production. Foods? Fruit, veggie, foods you want to avoid, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, spicy stuff.

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