What Is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux is a short-term occurrence, it can be experienced only when eating many, or eating a same pattern of food e.g. very spicy. But for others acid reflux can be a painful and persistent condition.
Acid reflux happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (that typically closes after swallowing to prevent abdomen contents from escaping) malfunctions and allows stomach acid to travel up the esophagus. When this occurs, a painful sensation is felt.
What are the Symptoms of Acid Reflux?
The symptoms of acid reflux are a painful burning sensation in the upper chest and/or regurgitation of acid into the mouth. Some patients will even develop nausea although this is less common. Although often called heartburn, the pain should not be mistaken for that associated with a true heart attack or cardiac arrest, which would be accompanied by tightness of, and pounding in the chest, weakness and feeling faint.
Avoid Acid Reflux -Tips to Avoid Acid Reflux?
1. Lying down or bending over could also cause acid reflux. It is recommended to not work out or stretch after eating if you want to prevent any of the above symptoms.
2. Smoking also makes the sphincter relax and if acid reflux is a problem, smoking could be problem. So try to avoid smoking.
3. Excess weight will put additional pressure on your stomach causing more acid to travel up the esophagus if the sphincter fails.
4. The first step to prevent acid reflux is to lose weight, quit smoking and limit your alcohol intake if this applies to you. If not, you can also limit the amount of coffee you drink each day and avoid high fatty foods or a snack right before
you go to sleep. If acid reflux happens once a week, there is no need for concern and you can seek over the counter medications. If it happens more often, see a doctor immediately.
Acid reflux can affect anyone and the symptoms are not very pleasant. Seek help when appropriate or simply try some of the above recommendations to limit the occurrence of acid reflux.