Acid reflux occurs when there is acid backflow from the stomach into the esophagus…The foods you eat affect the amount of acid your stomach produces. So eating the right kinds of food is key to controlling acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a severe, chronic form of acid reflux.” – Healthline.com
We all have experienced the lovely feelings of acid reflux. The regurgitation of soured food and the burning sensation that seems to travel from your chest, through the throat, and into your mouth.
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably asked yourself why this uncomfortable feeling occurs.
First, we’ll get all “science-y” about it. At the inlet of your stomach is a ring of muscle, the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. Most of the time when we eat, this valve closes as soon as food moves through it. When the LES doesn’t close completely or if it opens too often, the acid produced by your stomach can move upwards to the esophagus. This “trespassing” of acid is what causes heartburn.
The common risk factors for acid reflux disease – a chronic condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), are:
– Consuming large meals
Being overweight or obese
– Certain drinks, such as alcohol, coffee, tea, or carbonated drinks
– OTC and prescription medications, including aspirin, ibuprofen, blood pressure medications, or muscle relaxers
– Eating certain foods
It is this last risk factor that we focus on in this article.
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