What Is Acid Reflux?
Acid Reflux Or GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease is a chronic disease that occurs when stomach acid or bile flows into the food pipe and irritates the lining. Acid reflux and heartburn more than twice a week may indicate GERD. Acid reflux is also known as heartburn, acid indigestion, or pyrosis. It happens when some of the acidic stomach contents go back up into the esophagus.
Acid reflux creates a burning pain in the lower chest area, often after eating. Lifestyle risk factors include obesity and smoking. Below are 5 signs you are suffering from acid reflux.
Regurgitation happens when a mixture of gastric juices, and sometimes undigested food, rises back up the esophagus and into the mouth. In adults, involuntary regurgitation is a common symptom of acid reflux and GERD. It may also be a symptom of a rare condition called rumination disorder.
Many people worldwide have heard of heartburn and even experienced it, but hardly any of them think they have acid reflux. Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD. Symptoms of heartburn are usually burning or discomfort in the middle of the lower chest after eating. The discomfort may increase when bending over or lying flat on your back.
Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties. Some people with dysphagia have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others can't swallow at all. Other signs of dysphagia include: coughing or choking when eating and more. This is Usually caused by nerve or muscle problems, dysphagia can be painful and is more common in older people and babies.
4. Acidic Taste in Mouth
This condition is normally caused by the muscle or sphincter at the top of the stomach. When it becomes weak, acid rises up into the food pipe. The sour acidic taste can stay for weeks and be very irritating, affecting your quality of life. This problem is especially common among pregnant women because there is more pressure on the stomach.
Dyspepsia, also known as indigestion, refers to discomfort or pain that occurs in the upper abdomen, often after eating or drinking. It is not a disease but a symptom. Dyspepsia is a common problem, affecting up to 30% of the population. Common symptoms include bloating, discomfort, feeling too full, nausea, and gas.
The most common cause of dyspepsia is probably gastrointestinal reflux disease (acid reflux or GERD). That may be why remedies such as baking soda, which neutralizes stomach acid, have been recommended.
How you can avoid acid reflux:
1. First of all, your lifestyle causes acid reflux. So it is very important to follow simple rules.
2. Eat smaller portions. It’s better to eat more often than to have a big meal once or twice per day.
3. It is important to avoid alcohol, acid, spice, and fatty foods.
4. Don’t wear tight clothing and also don’t eat before sleeping.
Do you have any symptoms of GERD? How do you take care of your stomach? Leave a comment if our article was useful for you.
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