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Acid Reflux (gerd) Symptoms
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Acid Reflux is known to be a chronic metabolic disorder that affects approximately 5% of the world’s population. This disease is also known as GERD or gastroesophogeal reflux disease. Both the term Acid Reflux and GERD refer to same malady.

Acid reflux occurs when food is not properly digested and changes in the barrier between the stomach and the esophagus, which is called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), occurs. The LES is responsible for holding the top of the stomach closed. When impaired, expulsion of partially digested food and gastric acids into the esophagus happens creating a burning sensation and, an uncomfortable feeling in your abdomen and chest. The pain can also move into your throat and jaw. Commonly, this condition is referred to as Heartburn. Even though this discomfort is called heartburn it, generally speaking, does not negatively impact your heart.

Other symptoms of Heartburn/Acid Reflux include:

1. Having a sour taste in your mouth after burping

2. Trouble with swallowing

3. General discomfort after a meal, a bloated stomach feeling

4. Nausea after eating

5. Symptoms increase when reclining or bending over

6. Coughing, waking up at night coughing, the result of reflux entering the trachea and causing irritation

7. Upper abdominal pain.

Most of the time acid reflux symptoms have no major complications. Although in some situations, when the symptoms are chronic, scarring of the esophagus can result which may cause the esophagus to be reduced in size. This constriction may make it hard to swallow, and may cause dysphagia, a sensation that food is stuck in your esophagus. In some cases chronic reflux can result in the lining of the esophagus to develop abnormalities in shape and color. This is called Barrett’s esophagus and can develop into cancer.

Although acid reflux is extremely common and rarely serious, don't ignore your acid reflux symptoms. Making a few lifestyle changes can greatly reduce your symptoms and improve your life. Let’s not make any mistake about it we all need to be in charge of our lives. Once we make the decision that we are going to do the things we need to do to improve, we are then on our way to a healthier, better life.

So, if you are suffering from these types of symptoms or any other malady, I recommend beginning your quest for wellness by researching available information to determine the best course of action for you.

If the problem is severe consulting with you physician is recommended. Doctors, after examining you will, will determine a course of treatment based on tests and your symptoms. They usually prescribe anatacids or medications like H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors. This course of treatment taken over a long period of time can reduce symptoms, but, generally, does not cure the cause.

Treating the cause naturally can, in many cases, successfully be done through lifestyle changes. Exercising coupled with dietary changes has been shown to effectively reduce symptoms and in many cases correct the underlying causes. In place of three large meals, try smaller, more frequent meals. Avoid spicy, fried, or junk foods. Do not eat at least two hours prior to bedtime. Avoid or moderate alcohol consumption and smoking.

Natural acid reflux treatment is a preferable approach for those with mild to moderate symptoms. If, after trying a natural treatment approach, there is no relief then medical attention is advised.

Hopefully the information in this in this article will be helpful. Acid reflux can be a painful and discomforting problem. Taking action can lead to a cure. Thanks for reading and take care.

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