The Best Ways To Prevent Acid Reflux

acid-reflux-alkaline-waterAcid reflux is a painful, frustrating health condition for many Americans. Brought on by rich foods, eating before bed or simply drinking the wrong beverages, it can cause tissue damage, as well as asthma and even cancer. Much time, research and money has gone into the study of curing acid-reflux related symptoms, but what is most important is the prevention of the condition altogether.

Eating earlier is one surefire way to curb acid buildup, but it is just as important to think about what you are consuming in the first place.

Dr. Jamie Koufman, director of The Voice Institute of New York, and author of “Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure,” is an advocate for changing the way we look at the illness and who is responsible for it. “It is all about changing your lifestyle,” she says, “I had a client, a very famous New York city woman, come to me with ongoing acid buildup problems, and it was because she was eating these rich foods at fancy restaurants late at night. Sounds fun, but it was making her sick.”

Upon Dr. Koufman’s recommendations, the client started making her dinner reservations much earlier. “She told me that she and her friends were the reason I couldn’t get a 6:30pm reservation anywhere in the city,” jokes Dr. Koufman.

Eating earlier is one surefire way to curb acid buildup, but it is just as important to think about what you are consuming in the first place. Some people cannot handle too much fruit and should avoid certain types of citrus at all cost.

According to the 2009 article in the British Journal of Nutrition, “Diet-induced Acidosis: Is It Real And Clinically Relevant?,” simple changes in the types of food we eat and the water we drink can drastically effect our acid levels.  “The normalization of a low-grade chronic metabolic acidosis has been accomplished by two methods: Change in dietary patterns and alkaline supplementation,” writes the author of the study, Joseph Pizzorno.  “Dietary factors that affect net acid production include the quantity and type of protein intake, fruits and vegetables and table salt.”

Simply put, eat more veggies and drink more alkaline water.

People who swear by alkaline water, such as Merrily Milmoe, a certified massage therapist and holistic health researcher from the Healing Arts Studio in Mill Valley, California, believe that the benefits are part of an ongoing healing process. “Managing alkalinity as well as oxygenation and maintaining a positive attitude are the most important factors for reversing any condition quickly,” she says.

By adding alkaline drops to your beverages, or filtering your water with an alkaline filter, you are helping to balance out a lot of the acid you may take in on a daily basis. It is important to remember that part of our acidic lifestyle is our state of mind. “Stress is an acidic condition,” says Jeffrey Ulery, a chiropractor at Whole Body Health in Austin, Texas. “By creating a more alkaline lifestyle for yourself, you won’t just get rid of the symptoms of acid, you will also have more energy.”