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How and Why Acid Reflux Occurs

Jul 18, 2008
Put simply, the problem begins with the over consumption of highly acidic foods. Then, esophageal muscles can also be responsible because they play an essential role in digestion and transporting food from your mouth to your stomach and then to the intestines.

Muscles assist food as it travels through the body. Entrance to the food pipe, arrival to the stomach and exit from the stomach is all controlled by valves which function by stimulating the entry, exit, and backflow of food that is being digested. The muscle which principally controls backflow from the stomach back into the esophagus is the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES.

Sometimes, due to weakening of these various muscles, food stays longer in the stomach. Malfunctioning valves, also manage to allow food into areas where it should not go, such as backward from the stomach into the food pipe. Of course, this backflow contains food, digested by stomach acids, and that's why we get the sour warm sensation in our throats. In addition, sometimes, this acid is harmful to the walls of our food pipe, which end up getting scarred.

This, then, is the cause of getting an "obstructed" feeling, as if food is stuck in your throat. With weak muscles, disobedient muscles, and irregular digestive processing in the chest and stomach area, it affects other systems too. Stress prone people often get breathing problems as a result.

Although many people believe it is so, eating acidic foods will not make any part of your body more acidic. The stomach naturally produces hydrochloric acid during regular digestion and it is this acid reentering the esophagus that results in acid reflux.

Individuals who suffer from acid reflux will want to stay away from spearmint, peppermint, chocolate, caffeine, and alcohol. Fatty or processed foods and unhealthy fast foods should be avoided in an effort to alleviate symptoms of acid reflux. Carbonated drinks can also worsen symptoms and should therefore not be consumed.

The old adage is true; you are indeed what you eat. The key is keeping your body balanced between being overly acidic or alkaline. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, multigrain foods, white meat, and poultry will help you do so. Remember that acidic fruits and vegetables like grapefruit, oranges, and tomatoes still should be avoided. And you will want any meat you eat to be cooked in a way that keeps its fat content low.

You can keep from experiencing the unpleasant symptoms of acid reflux disease by reducing stress, getting lots of sleep, exercising regularly, and trying to maintain a healthy weight.
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