LPR Diet or “Silent Reflux” Diet

Suspect or been diagnosed with LPR? Did you know that an LPR Diet is KEY to relieving your symptoms and allowing your tissues to heal?

Do YOU have LPR?

We all have some degree of acid reflux. When acid reflux is frequent or troublesome, it may result in either LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).

LPR cases are on the rise, but because it presents very differently from classic heartburn and GERD symptoms, and often does not respond well to acid blocking medications like PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors), LPR often goes undiagnosed.

Common Symptoms of LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux)

  • chronic irritating cough, worse at night
  • frequent belching, worse after meals or drinking fluid on an empty stomach
  • halitosis
  • chronic laryngitis (hoarseness)
  • chronic unexplained sore throat
  • dental erosions
  • chronic sinusitis, post-nasal drip, frequent need/desire to clear throat
  • sensation of lump in throat, difficulty swallowing
  • above symptoms may occur any time of day & may or may not be relieved by antacids

Why is Diet so important with LPR?

The symptoms associated with LPR are due to the regurgitation of food that’s been in the acidic environment of the stomach. When stomach acid and pepsin enter the pharynx & larynx, they can cause tissue damage. A seemingly benign condition, chronic acid reflux can lead to: inflammation, esophageal/laryngeal erosions/ulcers and even cancer, if left untreated.

The cause of acid reflux is more complex, and stems from poor function of the body’s natural anti-reflux mechanisms.

In particular, poor function of the LES – lower esophageal sphincter is a major contributor. The LES normally shuts tightly to prevent the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus and beyond. There are a number of reasons why the LES and other anti-reflux mechanisms fail.

When this occurs, materials from the stomach, including pepsin (an enzyme) and stomach acid (HCl – hydrochloric acid), can find their way into the esophagus, larynx and pharynx. These substances trigger an inflammatory response that causes damage to the tissues in these areas. More on this below…

 

LPR Diet or “Silent Reflux” Diet

LPR Treatment

When it comes to treating LPR, a comprehensive approach that targets ALL causes and contributing factors:

  • reduce inflammation
  • avoid activating pepsin in the larynx/pharynx
  • heal the esophageal mucosa/lining
  • prevent progression to esophageal ulcers or cancer

LPR Diet Plan

low acid diet for LPR & GERD acid reflux
While there are other components to a successful treatment plan for GERD or LPR, DIET is KEY.

Most people have heard the conventional wisdom that acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits can trigger heartburn and acid reflux.  But there is a more comprehensive list of foods to avoid, and each one has a specific reason.  These trigger foods are particularly important to prevent the symptoms of GERD, but also play a role in LPR prevention.

But there are other factors that I consider when it comes to diet – especially for LPR sufferers – in particular, the pH, or acidity of foods.

Low Acid Diet

A low acid diet seems to be particularly useful for those with LPR symptoms. This means avoiding foods that test at a pH lower than 4.

The reason for this, is that when materials are refluxed from the stomach, they may contain small amounts of the enzyme pepsin. Pepsin is activated by acids. When it finds its way into the esophagus, and especially the larynx & pharynx, it can cling to these tissues. Later, when we eat acidic foods, the acid can re-activate the pepsin – causing it to do damage as it tries to “digest” the tissues it comes in contact with. I provide a comprehensive list of foods with pH >4 and pH <4 to my patients and participants in my program: End Acid Reflux.

End Acid Reflux Program

I cover common food triggers and a low acid diet for LPR in great detail in my comprehensive program for either GERD or LPR sufferers: End Acid Reflux. The program is available either online (self-directed), or with personalized support & guidance (in person, phone or Skype consults).

Online Program


In my online program I include a detailed LPR diet plan, complete with:

  • 3-week acid reflux meal plan
  • over 50 customized LPR diet recipes!!

You will learn: what foods cause acid reflux, how to prevent acid reflux, and discover the best diet for LPR.

Learn more about the program, or get YOUR FREE trial here: End Acid Reflux.

 

In Person/Phone/Skype Consults

Prefer a more personalized approach? I work with patients in person (in Toronto) or by phone or Skype. I can help you identify if you have GERD or LPR, and create a personalized plan for you including diet, lifestyle modifications, and proven remedies. Go beyond symptom management, and get comprehensive guidance on how to heal & repair damaged tissues, and prevent complications of acid reflux like tissue erosion and cancer.

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