What is Acid Reflux, And Why Is It Increasing?
Acid Reflux happens when the muscle which makes sure food stays in your stomach. This muscle is called esophageal sphincter valve, or LES for short. When the muscle does not close properly, or opens up when it shouldn’t, stomach acid can move up into the esophagus. This is very unpleasant, and will cause a burning sensation in your chest, or throat. It it happens on a frequent basis, doctors will say that you suffer from Acid Reflux.
It isn’t dangerous, but can indicate that there is something wrong in this part of your body, and you should get it checked out. Most of the time, doctors will recommend an anti acid and ask you to watch your diet.
Symptoms of Acid Reflux
The must common symptoms are regurgitation of food and a burning sensation. But, if you stomach is producing excess acid, you may also find you are suffering from bloating, frequent hiccups and and burping. There are also other symptoms such as nausea, sore and inflamed throat as the throat reacts to the acid. Weight loss is another associated symptom along with dark stools and maybe even vomiting.
The condition can become severe if you are taking certain medication such as painkillers, and even some heart medications, and it is best to protect yourself against excess stomach acid on these occasion.
When does it happen
It can happen anytime really, but the first time you may notice it, might be after a heavy meal. When you have eaten too much, your stomach may not be able to process all of the food immediately, and it sends a bit back up. It is never a good idea to rush your food. Instead, take your time and eat your food nice and slowly. Don’t drink too much wine with your meal, as this can encourage the condition.
Also, remember that a lot of wines are rich in sulphites. These can cause a lot of problems with digestion, and do actually encourage your stomach to produce more stomach acid. This is not what you need, so think carefully about what you eat and drink.
If, you are the sort of person who has a nap after a heavy meal, you may find that it happens after you have put your head on that pillow. It is better to adapt the ancient Roman fashion, and have a nap sitting slightly elevated. This helps the LES valve to stay closed, and allows the stomach to get on with digesting your meal. It is actually a good idea to have a nap after a meal.
Snacking before bedtime can cause a reflux reaction as well, and you want to make sure that you don’t snack on fruit before going to be. Fruit can be acidic, and even a glass of orange juice can cause Acid Reflux.
Fried food is another common denominator, and even grilled food can cause a reaction. For some of us, fried food, and grilled food, can just be too much to cope with, and you should make sure that you know what you ate when your reflux action happens.
Most doctors will ask you about your diet when you suffer with the problem, and it is a good idea to make a mental note of that before you visit the doctor. Sadly, they will often forget they asked, and go on to look for other causes.
What is in my food?
What is in your food that can cause a reflux reaction? Some doctors are a bit sceptical when it comes to naturopaths, or natural medicine. Most of the time, I think that they have a tendency to over complicate things, and instead of asking a person what they eat, or what medications they take, they look for physical problems.
Most cases of Acid Reflux I have come across have all been down to food, or medications. As a matter of fact, physiologists know that 99% of cases are down to food, medication and what is in the food.
So, what is in your food? We have mentioned wine, and that in contains sulphites, but food is also full of artificial ingredients. These artificial compounds cannot be digested most of the time, and the body does not recognize them as food. All of them are known to cause excess stomach acid to produced as the stomach tries to digest them.
What is Acid Reflux is not such a big deal, however, trying to solve the problem is a much bigger problem and means that we need to take responsibility for our health.