Causes and Effects of Acid Reflux Disease

Acid reflux happens when the acid from the stomach is thrown back into esophagus. There are many theories explaining the cause of the disease. First theory blames this disease on the inability of Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) valve to prevent the acid in the stomach from entering the esophagus. Since the working of this valve is hampered, the acid comes back in the esophagus causing burning sensation.

Other explanation for this disease is prevalence of junk food in your diet. Eating large meals, processed and packaged foods, puts undue pressure on the stomach. As your stomach cannot digest such a large quantity of food, majority of the food remains undigested. This undigested portion starts rotting in the stomach and becomes acidic waste. This leads to stomach spasms or twitching that raises the level of stomach gas. This gas breaks open the LES valve and the acid rushes into the esophagus.

Aging can also cause acid reflux. As we grow older, our stomach activity decreases, leading to a drop in the production of hydrochloric acid. This causes the infections to thrive, leading to stomach pain and excess acid production, worsening the symptoms of acid reflux.

This disease is a chronic disease. The medicines available in the market reduce the production of stomach acid. This provides a temporary relief from the symptoms, but the cause stays on. These drugs can have damaging side-effects. They cause a drop in the efficient digestion of food in the stomach, increase your risk of infections by pathogens transmitted through food, make you more susceptible to food poisoning etc.

Instead of using the medical methods for treatment, go for natural treatments. Changing your diet and lifestyle is the best course of action. Avoid or reduce foods that can aggravate the problem: citrus, caffeine, chocolate, fatty fried foods, garlic, and onions are the known culprits.

Besides, following lifestyle modifications can minimize the occurrence of acid reflux:

– Shed excess weight if you are overweight.
– Avoid or reduce the intake of alcohol.
– Eat enough to prevent hunger.
– Do not sleep immediately after eating. Lift the head of your bed by 6-8 inches.

These simple tips can prevent the occurrence of acid reflux. You need not take any medications that can only harm your body in the long run.