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When we swallow food or liquids they pass through our esophagus and into the stomach. In between the esophagus and stomach is a muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter. This opens and closes allowing food to pass through into the stomach. Each of us has acid in our stomachs to help breakdown the food we eat. Unfortunately, if the lower esophageal sphincter does not close all the way it can allow some of that acid to move backwards, and up into the esophagus. That is when we experience the “heartburn” from acid reflux because that acid creates a burning sensation.
Often times acid reflux is referred to as heartburn. Other common acid reflux symptoms include:
If you are experiencing these symptoms persistently, then you might suffer from a condition called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
If that is the case please contact your nearest TDDC gastroenterologist today.
Although acid reflux is very common, there is not one common cause of acid reflux. There are many components that could contribute to the weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and allow for the stomach acid to flow back up the digestive tract. Acid reflux can be caused by some foods, medicines, pre-existing conditions, or activities after eating. Different factors can affect an individual’s acid reflux in very different ways.
The best and most effective way to relieve acid reflux is to consult with a board-certified gastroenterologist. However, there are some lifestyle changes that you can implement that will help you lessen the severity and frequency of symptoms.
These include but are not limited to:
Most people in their lives have experienced the burning sensation of acid reflux. However, GERD is the more serious and chronic form of acid reflux. GERD is typically diagnosed when you experience acid reflux more than two times a week and you are experiencing inflammation in your esophagus. If you are experiencing the symptoms of acid reflux more than twice a week, schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist today.
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