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What Is The True Cause Of Acid Reflux Symptoms?

May 23, 2008
Acid reflux is another term for a condition many people commonly call heartburn. It primarily affects the food pathways, so it can cover a range of conditions that have almost identical characteristics. Each of us uses hydrochloric acid in our gut to breakdown the food we eat and ideally that is where it should stay. The sensation of burning that can be felt in the area of the stomach and heart happens when the digestive fluid tries to travel up the food tract.

Normally, when food is swallowed, the lower esophageal sphincter valve will open to allow food to enter the stomach for digestion but with this condition the valve does not close properly. It is when the esophageal sphincter doesn't close after food has passed through that the stomach fluids try to escape upwards and that is why it is called acid reflux. Medical science prefers to call the condition: gastroesophageal reflux disorder.

At the moment it is considered that a poor diet is the underlying reason for the acid reflux problem but not the main cause of the condition; factors that include overeating, can also put a strain on the stomach and contribute to the disorder.

When anyone eats a large amount of food it creates an additional burden on the stomach muscles. This affects the functioning of the esophageal valve causing reflux and the pain of heartburn. The aim is to lessen the stress on your stomach and stop any damage the stomach acid will cause to your esophagus. The easiest way to reduce the incidences of heartburn is too reduce the size of meals.

The stomach is the doorway to the body's health so it needs to be treated with respect. Your stomach has a very important job to do, and that is to process the food that you eat. If your stomach does not do this then your body will not get the proper nutrients, that it needs to function. In other words your heart, your brain, you liver and all the other vital organs depends upon the function of the stomach.

Prescribed or over the counter medications that are often used to help with acid reflux should only be used temporarily. However, these can interrupt natural body processes and cause other health problems. To normalize your stomachs activities or to get rid of acid reflux disorder, you need to change your eating, drinking, and thinking habits. This should be done for a period of a few months to strengthen your stomach's normal processes. You might find that once the heartburn incidents have been reduced you can gradually start eating some of the dishes you did before, remembering to take things easily.

Heartburn or acid reflux can be cause my many factors such as:

1) Regular smoking

2) Having allergies to particular foods e.g. peanuts

3) Certain medical drugs

4) Excessive alcohol consumption

5) Having a sleep after eating a meal

All of these factors are within your control and it only requires a change of habits and behavior on your part. The number of heartburn episodes that occur should diminish. This is how you may be able to clear your acid reflux disorder completely. This is a decision that only you can make but it shouldn't take Einstein to know what the choice should be!
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Tired of eating foods that cause acid reflux symptoms. Get your FREE newsletter that tell you how. Mariah Sterwart is an editor for a popular article directory.
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