Acid reflux, which causes the more widely known condition called heartburn, is incredibly common. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, over 60 million Americans will suffer from heartburn every month. Pregnant women also experience heartburn more on average due to a hormone called, Progesterone, relaxing the valve between the stomach and esophagus. Heartburn is a painful annoyance but it is one that is preventable.
What is heartburn/acid reflux?
The pain that comes from acid reflux occurs when stomach acid can escape the stomach and enter the esophagus. There is a muscular valve that connects the two organs and if it relaxes too much, it can cause stomach acid to pass through. Usually, brief contact between your stomach juices and your esophagus does not cause any harm or pain, but if they are in contact for too long a burning sensation will begin to form. If you suffer from acid reflux more than twice in one week, you have what is known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
There are a number of easy things you can do to prevent acid reflux and heartburn. Here are just a few tips:
There are a few at-home remedies that work for the treatment of acid reflux and heartburn.
See a medical professional if you experience acid reflux more than twice a week. You should also seek medical attention if you develop new symptoms like shortness of breath or have difficulty swallowing. Contact us or walk-in for treatment if needed.
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