Treating Acid Reflux
Do you have symptoms of acid reflux that make the moments after each meal something to be wary about? If so, you’re not alone, as many Americans today are afflicted with acid reflux disease and its many painful symptoms.
Acid reflux is characterized typically by heartburn, which is the irritated feeling in your esophagus created by acid jumping back up into it from your stomach. Acid reflux also includes regurgitation, the physical manifestation of that stomach acid flowing up into your esophagus. These symptoms are not something that should be ignored– particularly because it’s often a sign of an underlying condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This can lead to various health complications including:
- abdominal pain ulcers
- difficulty swallowing
- esophageal spasms
- greater risk of esophageal cancer
Do you have symptoms of acid reflux that make the moments after each meal something to be wary about? If so, you're not alone, as many Americans today are afflicted with acid reflux disease and its many painful symptoms.
Some of the other leading symptoms of acid reflux include:
- Constant hiccups
- Bloody or extremely dark stools
- Bloody vomiting
- Noticeable weight loss
- Dry cough
- Perpetually sore throat
While the severity of patients' GERD symptoms has to do with their lower esophageal sphincter dysfunctions, treating this surprisingly common condition can be accomplished in most cases through diet modifications and healthy eating.
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