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Causes of Acid Reflux: DISCOVER what Really Causes Acid Reflux

Mar 19, 2008
The coincidence of a number of medical and lifestyle factors leads to acid reflux disease making causes complex and rooted in many factors. GERD - gastro-esophageal reflux disease, or acid reflux is the product of physiological conditions such as the sensitivity of the mucus of the esophagus to the refluxed stomach content, the contra-flow of the food and acid content into the esophagus and LES (lower esophageal sphincter) hypotonia, which is the gradual weakening of the LES.

The food that you swallow moves down your throat and contractions of the esophagus muscles then push it further. In the area of the junction of the esophagus and the stomach, there is a valve-like mechanism which is the LES (lower esophageal sphincter). Closing this muscle stops stomach acid from returning or refluxing into the esophagus.

In a healthy person, the LES is only opened by food moving from the esophagus into the stomach. With the food inside the stomach, the valve shuts again to stop stomach acid and content escaping back. A problem with the LES is the first factor initiating the disease of acid reflux. The painful burning sensation called heartburn is caused when the LES is weakened and fails to close as it should, and acid can be pushed back up your throat.

Genetically transmitted weakness, obesity and eating too much fatty foods are all conditions preventing the LES from properly shutting. As well as these factors, the aging process undergone by humans that tends to make all muscles sag, also affects the LES.

The next factor or group of factors responsible for acid reflux disease are related to behavior and lifestyle. As already indicated, an LES that is already weak contributes directly to acid reflux disease at the physiological level. Various foodstuffs, drugs and processes of the nervous system can cause weakening in this muscle and exacerbate acid reflux. Foods possibly triggering acid reflux include orange juice, lemons and lemonade, grapefruit juice, tomatoes et their juice, fried potatoes, sour cream, tea and coffee.

There are several possibilities for dealing with symptomatic acid reflux. Nevertheless, the classic often used approaches, based on prescription and over the counter medication, only deal with the symptoms of chronic acid reflux. They may not be sufficiently effective to give long-term prevention of acid reflux. These classic approaches do not heal or protect the esophagus correctly and using these over the counter and prescription drugs, including antacid, over a long duration can cause multiple side effects ranging running the gamut from uncomfortable to dangerous.

There are many alternatives to short-term superficial treatments such as prescription medication. These include homeopathy, herbal remedies and all encompassing all natural holistic therapies. While dealing with the internal causes of acid reflux, these natural remedies help your heartburn problem by treating the causes rather than only attacking related symptoms that are external.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a medical researcher, certified nutritionist, health consultant and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, "Heartburn No More- Open The Door To an Acid Reflux Free Life". To Learn More About Jeff Martins Unique 5-Step Holistic Acid Reflux Cure System Visit:
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