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Soda vs Acid Reflux | Stop Acid Reflux Now

Soda vs Acid Reflux

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Do you enjoy drinking carbonated beverages but frequently suffer from acid reflux?  Did you know that carbonated beverages are not conducive to your condition?  Drinking carbonated beverages on a daily basis can lead to more than just a bad case of heartburn.  In fact, research is finding that frequent consumption of these beverages over time, can actually dramatically increase your risk of developing esophageal cancer.

Esophageal cancer was a disease that was non-existent two generations ago, now it’s becoming a common concern.  Researchers in India discovered a link between the rise in carbonation consumption and esophageal cancer in America over the past two decades.   They found that the average consumption of carbonated soft drinks sky rocketed from less than 11 gallons per year in the late 1940’s to nearly 50 gallons per year by 2000.  They also found that since the 1980’s, esophageal cancer has increased by more than 565% among white American men.

Studies have concluded that soft drinks have a direct link to gastric distension, a condition that brings on reflux.  It was found that the consumption of liquid from a single standard soda can cause acid levels to remain elevated in the stomach for more than 52 minutes.  Thus, if a person were to drink one can of soda a day, for a year, that would add up to more than 32,000 minutes of the esophagus being exposed to elevated acid levels.

Furthermore, the lower esophagus has a much higher chance of being damaged by soft drink consumption than by other non-carbonated beverages.  For instance, if you were to drink 8 oz. of a carbonated beverage, your stomach might distend to 16 oz., instead of only distending by 8 oz. when drinking the same amount of water. 

The distending that carbonation causes to the stomach results in acid reflux.   Recurring acid reflux dramatically increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer, and drinking carbonated beverages increases gastric pressure, which may lead to an increase in reflux.

How exactly does acid reflux and esophageal cancer result from drinking carbonated beverages?  The following is a basic breakdown of what occurs:
• The carbonated beverage is ingested
• The carbonation induces a burp – otherwise known as acid reflux
• The burp goes up through the esophagus and carries acid with it
• Over time the carbonation causes mechanical damage to cells causing lesions.  Mechanical cell damage increases the risk of cancer.
• Frequent drinking causes a radical increase in the mutation of cells and excessive level of free radicals which can eventually lead to cancer.

Carbonated beverages don’t only include soft drinks like cola, root-beer and ginger ale.  Any beverage with carbonation can cause acid reflux.  Other beverages that contain carbonation include:
• Soda water – regular or flavored water with carbonation
• Beer
• Champagne
• Fruit juice

To find out if a beverage is carbonated, “carbonated water” is usually listed in the ingredients.

If you suffer from frequent acid reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), it’s a good idea to eliminate carbonated beverages from your diet altogether.  However, if you really enjoy drinking carbonated beverages, and aren’t ready to go cold turkey, here are some tips for you to keep in mind when it comes to limiting your carbon consumption:

• Take one sip at a time - Don’t gulp down your drinks as this encourages burping, making it more likely for the esophagus to become irritated.
• Limit your intake –Treat yourself to one drink once in a while; don’t make it apart of your daily diet.
• Buy bottles not cans – If you purchase soft drinks, avoid buying cans and opt for a bottle instead.  A bottle will allow you to control the amount you drink without making you feel obligated to finish the whole drink as you would with a can. 

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2 Responses

  1. Jerry
    January 25th, 2007 | 8:24 pm

    Is this stuff as good or better than Prilosec OTC?

  2. Gari
    June 11th, 2007 | 6:11 pm

    I quit drinking soda— it was so hard day 1– but i am doing it… stop drinking soda girls! i lost so much weight i couldnt even believe it… my mother even did this and she lost 20 pds. Soda cannot be good girls dont let this trick you!

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