What is Acid Reflux?
Think you might have Acid Reflux disease? Read this entire post to discover what gerd’s symptoms are, and hopefully prevent this chronic condition from happening to you.
Acid Reflux, commonly known as GERD, (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is caused by a chemical imbalance in your stomach, when the lower esophageal sphincter (where the upper part of your stomach and the esophagus, the tube down which food passes to get to the stomach, connect), fails to close during the digestive processes of the food you eat, thereby causing pepsin and acid which are produced by the stomach to rise up back into the lining of the esophagus.
It’s the bile and acids that give you that super burning sensation in your chest, making you feel faint, bloated, nauseated and at times as if you’re having a heart attack!
Sadly, acid indigestion in the stomach is not only confined to adults, but children and infants as well, making the diagnosis, and ultimately prevention of this chronic disease, very important indeed.
Whilst infants eventually grow out from this condition after time, most young children will likely experience acid reflux in their lifetime.
My heart goes out to pregnant women, because women in this stage have increased hormone levels and in a sense, the stomach is being pressured due to pregnancy.
No one’s really safe from Acid Reflux, especially when you consider that heartburn is triggered by various foods, from fatty and spicy foods, to chocolate, citrus fruits and soda pops.
As such, the key to avoiding the heartburn sensation brought about by the Acid reflux is managing your diet!
In case you’re thinking, oh boy, there goes my chocolate cravings, hang on a sec, prevention’s not as dire as you might think!
Consider this, reflux usually occurs when a person is in a laying down position because the refluxed liquid can freely flow back to the stomach.
Therefore one quick fix against acid reflux in adults and active kids, is drinking water during meals, keeping an upright posture and also standing up to walk around after meals.
Whilst most believe milk can lessen the symptoms of acid reflux, the fact is milk makes the stomach produce more acid, which exacerbates the original problem.
Instead, try licorice or anise.
Another major cause of the flare up of acid reflux in those who have already been diagnosed with the condition, is the consumption of a large meal in one sitting.
That’s because a large meal can lead to the improper movement of gastric juices in the lower section of your esophagus, triggering acid to reflux at some point.
Instead of eating all in one sitting, how about breaking down your eating habits into small, manageable portions during the course of your day, that way you’re not encouraging large quantities of bile, pepsin and other stomach acids to aid in the digestive process of what you eat, thereby causing the acids to back up into your esophagus.
Sure it may sound like a hassle, but the positive side is you do not have to struggle with an inflamed esophagus or feel like you’re having a heart-attack every now and then.
In the end, the choices you make, will determine whether you lead a relatively healthy lifestyle, devoid of acid reflux flare-ups, more comfortable nights and a better outlook on life.
Choose your options carefully!