10 Causes of Acid Reflux & How To Easily Treat Them
we are going to talk about the different causes of acid reflux, how to identify the cause of your acid reflux, and natural solutions for stopping acid reflux. We will also look at the dangers of prescription medication, and why they are not a good long-term option.
What is Acid Reflux
Gastro-esophageal reflux disorder, commonly known as GERD, acid reflux, reflux, or simply heartburn is a problem that affects millions of people worldwide. While the fancy title might be GERD, let’s just call it reflux or heartburn.
Reflux is when the acid from the stomach travels up into the esophagus causing the familiar “burning” sensation in the chest and sometimes throat, this is why it is also called heartburn, even though it has nothing to do with the heart. There is also “silent reflux” which does not cause the burning sensation, it can be hard to identify but it often causes a buildup of mucus in the throat, this can lead to a chronic dry cough or a frequent need to clear the throat.
Acid Reflux is often easily treated with diet and lifestyle changes
While reflux and silent reflux can be seen as an annoyance for many people, it can also cause serious health problems like ulceration, esophageal cancer, hormone imbalance and malabsorption of nutrients. To combat the annoying symptoms of reflux many people take an over the counter medication like Mylanta or are given a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) prescription from their doctor for Pariet, Losec or Nexium.
These PPI medications often work in treating the symptoms of reflux but they are not addressing the underlying cause, in fact, they can make the situation worse as you become reliant on these medications when you stop the medications the symptoms become worse.