Signs, symptoms, and causes of acid reflux

Acid reflux is often associated with heartburn, but if you experience heartburn more than twice a week, you’re actually suffering from acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). WebMD explains that GERD is caused when acid moves up into your esophagus — oftentimes because the lower esophageal sphincter (the muscle at the bottom of your esophagus) doesn’t close properly — causing a burning sensation.
GERD affects about 20 percent of the U.S. population, according to eMedicineHealth, leaving many people suffering from this painful condition. While occasional heartburn is normal, if you experience it often, you could have GERD or another condition, and it’s extremely important to talk to your doctor to get your body back on track.

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