What causes Acid Reflux & What to do about it
Do you have Acid Reflux or Heart Burn any more than 2 times per week?
Persistent reflux that occurs more than twice a week is considered to be gastroesophageal reflux disease, (GERD) and it can eventually lead to more serious health problems as the esophagus become chronically irritated and inflamed. You may also have symptoms like coughing and hoarsenes of the voice.
Acid reflux or Heartburn is known medically as gastroesophageal reflux. Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter, a ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus opens or does not close properly. This allows acid and the stomach contents to escape from the stomach and rise up into the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach, it is not as robust as the stomach and feels the acid. The esophageal sphincter should be like a valve between the esophagus and stomach stopping he acid from rising up.
When acid reflux occurs, food or fluid can be tasted in the back of the mouth. When the stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus it may cause a burning sensation in the chest or throat which is why it is often called heartburn.
People of all ages can have gastroesophageal reflux disease and is often related to diet,
There are many ways to stop acid heartburn and help prevent more serious complications of this Acid Reflux from developing.
An excerpt from The New York Times
Stomach acid has long been blamed for acid reflux, heartburn and other ills. But now some experts are starting to think that the problems may lie not just in the acid coming up from the stomach but in the food going down. This year, a small study found that restricting dietary acid could relieve reflux , according to the journal
Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology.
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We can’t claim this next section is as good as that program , but here are some suggestions to start to prevent acid reflux.
[boxibt style=”gray”]Coffee, tea, and other drinks that contain caffeine
Caffeine can relax the lower esophageal sphincter which then allows stomach contents to reflux into the esophagus.
Chocolate contains concentrations of theobromine (a compound that occurs naturally in many plants such as cocoa, tea and coffee plants), this again relaxes the esophageal sphincter muscle, letting stomach acid come into the esophagus and cause the familiar heartburn.
[boxibt style=”gray”]Fried and fatty foods
Fatty foods tend to slow down digestion so food stays in your stomach longer. This results in increases pressure in the stomach and the lower esophageal sphincter. Allowing the potential reflux of stomach acid and contents.
[boxibt style=”gray”]Avoid Tomatoes and tomato-based products
These foods again relax the lower esophageal sphincter.
[boxibt style=”gray”]Reduce Alcohol
Alcohol relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter and increases the production of stomach acid.
[boxibt style=”gray”]Stop Tobacco
The chemicals in cigarette smoke weaken the lower esophageal sphincter as they pass from the lungs into the blood.
[boxibt style=”gray”]Avoid large meals
A full stomach can put extra pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter which will increase the chance that some of this food will reflux into the esophagus.
[boxibt style=”gray”]Reduce Citrus fruits and juices
These foods relax the lower esophageal sphincter, plus they have a high acid content.
[boxibt style=”gray”]Don’t eat within 2 to 3 hours prior to bedtime
Lying down with a full stomach can cause stomach contents to press harder against the lower esophageal sphincter increasing the chances of refluxed food.
[boxibt style=”gray”]Don’t wear too tight fitting clothing include tight-fitting belts and slenderizing undergarments
Clothing that fits tightly around the abdomen will squeeze the stomach, forcing food up against the lower esophageal sphincter and cause food to reflux into the esophagus.