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Acid Reflux

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is the backwards flow of stomach acid into the esophagus– (the tubelike apparatus) that links the throat and stomach. Heartburn is more particularly referred to as gastroesophageal reflux. Throughout an episode of heartburn, you may taste regurgitated food or sour liquid at the back of your mouth or feel a burning sensation in your chest (heartburn).

Progression of Acid Reflux

Sometimes acid reflux advances to GERD, a more serious type of reflux. The most common sign of GERD is regular heartburn. Other signs and symptoms might consist of regurgitation of food or sour liquid, problem swallowing, coughing, wheezing, and chest discomfort– specifically while lying down during the night.

If you have occasional acid reflux, lifestyle changes can assist. Lose excess weight, consume smaller meals, and prevent foods that appear to trigger heartburn– such as fried or fatty foods, chocolate, and peppermint. Avoid consuming alcohol and nicotine based products may make you feel better.