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Somethings You Ought To Know About Acid Reflux Disease

Mar 16, 2008
When your doctor is talking about GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), you will more commonly know it as acid reflux disease. This particular health problem is caused by the leaking of liquid formed in the stomach after food has been digested back up in to a person's esophagus.

Unfortunately should a person choose not to treat this problem it could lead to other health issues and complications for them. The main one of these being that the lining of the esophagus will become damaged and will then become inflamed.

The main reason for the lining becoming damaged is that the liquid, which has been regurgitated from the stomach, contains acid along with an enzyme known as pepsin. It is this enzyme that helps to break down the proteins in the food that you eat so your body is able to absorb them more easily and they therefore contain caustic properties. Although the pepsin's can cause damage it is commonly believed that the main culprit for the discomfort and pain felt with acid reflux is the acid contained in the liquid that has been regurgitated.

At some stage, we are all likely to suffer with a mild form of acid reflux (heartburn), yet for others the problem can become so severe that it leads to it taking control over them. For these people they will then need to find ways of treating and dealing with the condition to ensure that it does not impact to greatly on their lives in the future. This may well mean that they need to be taking medication constantly to help keep the situation under control.

Some people find that the symptoms that are associated with this particular stomach condition are far more prevalent at night than they are during the day. The reason for this is that during the day when a person is stood up or sat down the regurgitated liquid can easily flow back down into their stomach. Plus when we are awake, we swallow regularly and this can further help to force the regurgitated liquid back down into the stomach.

Another reason for why certain people may suffer more from acid reflux at night rather than in the day is because the levels of saliva they are producing are reduced as they sleep. In the saliva, that your mouth produces is bicarbonate and this when it travels down the esophagus helps to neutralize any acids that are in it.

A person who suffers from acid reflux disease may find that the problem becomes worse at night because, firstly their body is actually unable to eliminate the liquid that has been brought up in the first place. Secondly, we swallow less at night and so the amount of saliva containing bicarbonate is reduced as well. Certainly if a person does not take any kind of medication prior to going to bed, they will find that the regurgitated liquid from the stomach is able to settle in the esophagus for much longer and so end causing damage to the lining.

As we have previously mentioned any one could actually find themselves suffering from acid reflux disease. However, there are some people who are much more susceptible to suffering from this particular stomach complaint than others. For example, some pregnant women because of hormonal changes in their bodies find themselves suffering from this condition. Also, those people who are overweight or obese are also highly susceptible to suffer from this kind of stomach complaint.
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