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Acid Reflux Disease, Symptoms and Treatments
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Acid Reflux and GERD Symptoms and Treatments
Topic: Acid Reflux

The term acid reflux disease is where the contents of the stomach flow in the wrong direction back up the tube from the stomach to the throat. Often known by different names, it is condition relating to the digestive system but is related to others with similar gerd symptoms. The problem arises from an upset in our stomach's digestive fluid (hydrochloric acid). An irritable stomach means the digestive acid tries to rise up the food tract and as a consequence causes a painful burning sensation near the heart.

When food enters your stomach, a valve called the lower esophageal sphincter opens to allow food into the stomach which normally remains closed so that stomach food and acid do not flow back up into your esophagus area. The esophageal sphincter should close and trap the acid but when this doesn't happen and the acid escapes back up the digestive tract the condition of acid reflux or heartburn is the result. The conditions proper medical name is called gastro esophageal reflux disorder or GERD. Although the real acid reflux causes has not yet been found, it is thought that eating the wrong foods could be to blame; unfortunately, overeating and junk food can also overload the digestive systems ability to digest food adequately, so it's important to follow a controlled acid reflux diet if you are suffering with the condition.

Too much strain is placed on the muscles of the stomach when we overeat and the result of this a build up of internal pressure. This in turn causes the esophageal valve to behave erratically leading to stomach fluids rising and causing the awful burning feeling in the chest - one of the stronger acid reflux symptoms. Since this valve protects your esophagus from your stomach acid, you need to take care this valve does not allow digested acidic food to pass back into the esophagus.

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To help with this condition, adjustments need to be made to an acid reflux diet, with regards to the size of meals consumed, which need to be smaller but more frequent. To maintain health your digestive system needs to be healthy so requires looking after if you want to remain in good health as well. The stomach carries out not only the breaking down of food but processing it into nutrients that can be absorbed by the body.

A short term acid reflux remedy may appear to be the drugs that are easily purchased over the counter but guidance is needed. The problem is these acid reflux remedies can create other problems as they interfere with the natural functioning of the digestive system. The long term approach to reduce the stomach problems and acid reflux is to adjust how you consume food and drink. The idea is not to overload your stomach, which will give it time to recover. You may have to take it easy for a while but eventually there shouldn't be any reason why you cannot enjoy the foods you have been forced to give up for a while.

Whilst eating is probably the largest factor in acid reflux disorder, other substances can also contribute; a few of these are listed below:

  • Being a smoker
  • Food allergies
  • Certain medicines
  • Alcoho
  • After meal napping
Surely a few changes in the way you live your life aren't too much to ask. The thought of reducing the incidents of heartburn should be sufficient incentive. This is how you may be able to clear your acid reflux disorder completely. Whether you decide to take this and your doctors advice is really up to you!

Posted by acidrefluxgerdcures at 9:02 AM EDT

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