What Is Acid Reflux and GERD 

Symptoms of acid reflux and natural remedies

symptoms of acid reflux

If you suffer with the contents of your stomach trying to come back up then you probably have acid reflux disorder sometimes referred to as heartburn. Similar symptoms are seen with other disorders of the digestive tract even though we refer to them differently. To help digest and assimilate food, the stomach uses an acid. The sensation of burning that can be felt in the area of the stomach and heart happens when the digestive fluid tries to travel up the food tract.

Food is normally trapped in the stomach by the lower esophageal valve after it has passed through to stop this problem. However there are times when the lower esophageal sphincter does not remain closed, when this happens acid from the stomach can reflux or flow back into the esophagus. This condition is also known as GERD which is the shortened version of the correct medical name: gastro esophageal reflux disorder. Though the root causes are often unclear, perhaps the most prevalent acid reflux cause is a poor diet; overeating could also add to the problem and cause unnecessary stress on the stomach and its ability to process food.

When anyone eats a large amount of food it creates an additional burden on the stomach muscles. Something has to give; this being the acid which returns or refluxes back up the esophagus bringing with it the very unpleasant heartburn symptoms. By lessening the amount of work the stomach has to do at any one time should reduce the instances of heartburn. The easiest way to reduce the incidences of heartburn is too reduce the size of meals. The importance of your stomach's health cannot be underestimated for long term good health. This is because the stomach is not only responsible for breaking down our food but also for preparing this food to be converted to specific nutrients that everyone's body needs.

The use of readily available, anti-acid drugs is not the long term answer. However, these can interrupt natural body processes and cause other health problems. The long term treatment for acid reflux is to adapt your lifestyle habits in particular eating and drinking. Hopefully this will reduce the strain the stomach is placed under, gradually returning it to a more stable condition. It may take a while but if the number of times you experience heartburn reduces, you may be able to enjoy some of the foods you stopped eating; all the while remaining conscious of the need to take things slowly and not place stress on your stomach again.

Lifestyle changes extend beyond those of just eating habits as other contributing factors to acid reflux can be:

Tobacco products
Food allergies
Prescription medication
Too much alcohol
Sleeping after a meal

All of these factors are within your control and it only requires a change of habits and behavior on your part. It doesn't take that much to make a difference. So by watching what you eat and taking care of your health, you stand a better chance of avoiding and clearing acid reflux disorder. This is a decision which only you can make but it shouldn't take Einstein to know what the choice should be!