6 Most Common Symptoms of Acid Reflux

What is acid reflux? Acid reflux is the accumulation of symptoms caused from indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and heartburn. Where the esophagus meets the stomach there is a valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), when operating correctly this valve is responsible for allowing food into the stomach, then stopping it from returning to the esophagus.

If the LES is not functioning properly acid produced in the stomach will enter the esophagus causing: irritation, swelling, and the all to familiar “acid” taste in the back if your throat associated with heartburn. If you are experiencing acid reflux symptoms more than three times a week you could be at risk of developing acid reflux disease.

Common Symptoms

1.     Heartburn and indigestion

2.     Regurgitation and/or acid taste in throat

3.     Trouble swallowing due to esophagus swelling

4.     Dyspepsia: burping, bloating, abdomen pain

5.     Chronic sore throat (high risk of Acid Reflux Disease)

6.     Hiccups or nausea for 24 hours (high risk of Acid Reflux Disease)

 

Foods to Avoid

·      Citrus fruits

·      Caffeine

·      Spicy Foods

·      Alcohol

·      Garlic

·      Peppermint

While most symptoms usually occur after a heavy meal, bending over and lying down after eating can cause the symptoms to flare. Am unhealthy diet and excess weight on the body are commonly associated with acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn, and GERD. To overcome acid reflux living a healthy lifestyle is the most important factor.

Long-term affects of acid reflux can be much worse than the to or three nights a week you experience symptoms, so if your symptoms are persistent see a doctor. Experiencing pain after every meal can put a strain on you personal life and career, learn more about how to overcome Acid Reflux Disease and take your meals back!

By Maren Burns

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