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Acid Reflux Heartburn:::::::Gastric Reflux


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Right after you have had a large meal, you experience a
burning pain within your chest. This pain can be felt just
behind your breastbone. What you are experiencing is
heartburn.
Heartburn is not a condition regarding your
heart. Rather it is a digestive disorder.
Heartburn occurs
when stomach acids flow upwards into the esophagus,
and is also called
gastric reflux.

Heartburn or gastric reflux is due to the back flow or
reflux of food juices and stomach acids passing into the
esophagus. The esophagus is a tube within our body that
connects our throats to the stomach. The esophagus is
separated from the stomach by a valve which is called the
lower esophageal sphincter. Generally the lower
esophageal sphincter remains tightly closed after we have
eaten, but for a few people the valve becomes weak or it
malfunctions.

Thus when the lower esophageal sphincter or LES does
not work properly then sometimes the digested food
acids
reflux into the esophagus. These stomach acids are very
corrosive and the esophagus is unable to deal with their
effects on the delicate lining of the esophagus. The
corrosive acids can irritate and inflame the walls of the
esophagus. This inflammation is called
gastric reflux.

Gastric reflux can be a result of our lifestyles as well as
how we eat. Sometimes eating large amounts of food
especially in the night can trigger a
heartburn attack.
Being overweight, bending at the waist, lifting heavy
objects, being in stressful situations as well as being
pregnant can all induce
gastric reflux.

Then there are foods that we love to eat, they might have
substances in them that can cause the acid levels in our
stomach to increase. These foods include oranges,
tomatoes and colas. Also drinking beverages like coffee,
tea, alcohol and fortified wines and spirits can relax the
LES valve and cause the stomach acids to rise and reflux
into the esophagus.

Many of us experience gastric reflux without our even
realizing it. Usually
gastric reflux can be reduced by
swallowing your saliva repeatedly.

Gastric reflux if it is not checked and treated can develop
into a more severe form. Chronic gastric reflux can have
complications leading to the inflammation of the
esophagus. There could also be an increased risk of
esophageal cancer, anaemia and also esophageal ulcers

As with all
heartburn aliments you should consult with
your doctor and treat your gastric reflux. You can ask what
over the counter drugs will work for your gastric reflux or
if you will need prescription strength medication. Your
doctor will be able to advise you what you should do at
home to correct this condition.

Should your
gastric reflux be of a more serious condition,
then your doctor will be able to let you know what are the
medical therapies and medical treatments that are
available for you. Catching and treating the symptoms of
gastric reflux early on, can avoid it becoming
GERD.             


                                 
Gastric Reflux
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By
James Kesel,MS