What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is none other than what is commonly called “heartburn.” It is a condition when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) opens too often when food passes through, and acid produced by the stomach moves up to the esophagus that then creates a burning chest pain called heartburn.

When acid reflux happens only once in a week, or once in two weeks, this condition can be cured and normalized. However, if it happens more than two times in a week, the medical state can become a disease called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

In medical terms, acid reflux can also be caused when the upper part of the stomach and the lower esophageal sphincter move above the diaphragm found between the stomach and the chest. This situation is known as a hiatal hernia and can cause acid reflux.

If you are in the habit of eating a large meal, you could become a candidate for heartburn. Eating large meals could lead you to become obese or overweight which is a predisposing factor for the occurrence of acid reflux.

Eating a heavy meal and lying down immediately after eating is dangerous and is also one of the causes of heartburn since the stomach and LES could move above the diaphragm. Always be careful about food and eating habits.

Acid reflux might also occur when a person eats spicy and fatty foods too often including citrus, tomato, chocolate, onions, and garlic. A heavy dose of these foods could be fatal to your stomach.

Heartburn also occurs when a person drinks carbonated drinks, coffee, tea or alcohol too often. Such beverages combined with smoking can instigate acid reflux.

The taking of certain synthetic medicines can also cause heartburn. Such drugs include muscle relaxers, blood pressure medications, ibuprofen, and aspirin. As much as possible take all natural medications that are available in the market today.

To prevent the occurrence of acid reflux, one must avoid large meals. Instead, one can start a habit of eating small amounts of food in a time series, say in a gap of 3-hour periods. Eat only when you’re hungry. As a preventive measure, take at least a glass of water 30 minutes before making your breakfast, lunch or dinner.

A pregnant woman must avoid taking snacks close to bedtime too, as this could cause the movement of the stomach and LES. Some practical but workable precautions include waiting until about 30 minutes after eating before drinking your next glass of water.

If you’re taking a medication like Alpha Lipoic Acid, make sure you have eaten first. Avoid taking this medication on an empty stomach. However, there are mineral-based or natural medications that can be taken before meals and this is usually indicated in the information package.

There are over the counter drugs that you can buy if you have encountered a heartburn symptom for the first time. Such medicines could alleviate the condition for a while. However, you should avoid dependence on such commercially advertised drugs. If the occurrence of acid reflux happens to you twice a week, it would be advisable to see your doctor.

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