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Let’s check out few things about GERD that can help you! GERD or gastroesophageal reflux is a condition where the contents of the stomach along with the acids get regurgitated back into the esophageal region and thus causing various symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, heartburn and in severe cases, leading to ulcer also. Cause The cause of GERD is when the sphincters get weakened due to various reasons and thus fails to perform their duty of preventing the content from the stomach into the esophagus. When we eat something, due to peristalsis movement, it moves only in one direction and sphincters or simply speaking, the valves present in various locations make sure that the foods are passed only in one direction. But due to various anomalies, these sphincters may not work properly and thus could cause disruption of the flow of the unidirectional foods. Thus, the food content along with mixed acids will flow back into the esophagus and since, the esophagus walls aren’t equipped to handle high acidity, thus various damage to the walls of the esophagus could occur along with other damages. Symptoms •

The swallowing gets a little bit difficult.

A cough starts to appear.

Taste of acid in the mouth due to regurgitation of the content in the stomach

Laryngitis is also a common symptom in GERD.

Heartburn is when there is a burning sensation in the chest. The causes of heartburn include GERD where GERD play an active role.

Heartburn cause There are various factors which could initiate GERD and make the condition even worse. Out of these, Foods that cause acid reflux deserves special mention. There are various foods that may trigger a GERD episode thus causing heartburn. These foods include:


Alcohol – It has the ability to relax the lower esophageal sphincter and since the sphincter is in a relaxed state, there is more chance of acid getting back into the stomach. Hence, if you are having GERD or heartburn, you should stop consuming alcohol so that the situation gets better.

Coffee and orange juices also have the ability to cause acidity and thus contributing to GERD and heartburn. That’s why, for the patients who are suffering from heartburn, it is advisable to drink less coffee and orange juices.

Fatty foods and spicy foods also could cause heartburn.

Diagnosis GERD and heartburn are diagnosed by many different techniques. Out of these, the following are common: •

Endoscopy

Upper GI series

Ambulatory pH testing.

Treatment The treatment is depended upon the severity of the condition. If the symptoms are not that worse, then simply changing the lifestyle can do wonder. For example, •

Losing weight: Excess weight creates more pressure and thus there is more chance of acid reflux.

Quit alcohol: Alcohol is one of the drinks that could cause GERD. Thus, stopping the consumption of alcohol could give you further relief.

Diet: A balanced diet should be maintained if you are suffering from GERD. You should avoid drinking or eating foods/drinks that may cause GERD. For example, orange juices have the ability to cause heartburn thus you should stop drinking orange juice if you are suffering through it.

If the symptoms get severe, then you should consult with the doctor and go for special medication which can give you relief.

Let’s check out few things about GERD that can help you!  

There are various factors which could initiate GERD and make the condition even worse. Out of these, Foods that cause acid reflux deserves s...

Let’s check out few things about GERD that can help you!  

There are various factors which could initiate GERD and make the condition even worse. Out of these, Foods that cause acid reflux deserves s...

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