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Health providers describe acid reflux as the process through which the contests inside the stomach more towards the esophagus. This unpleasant regurgitation is hard to endure, and if it happens to you more than twice a week, you could be suffering from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

What is GERD, and how could we prevent it?

GERD is a chronic condition that happens when people experience several gastroesophageal refluxes every week or sometimes daily. It is a long-lasting version of acid reflux, and many people need medication to manage the symptoms. Doctors recommend avoiding certain food and drinks, such as coffee, fizzy drinks, alcohol, citrus, chocolate, and fried foods to avoid GERD. Many people suffer from GERD, but the statistics are not accurate because many people do not visit a doctor to receive an official diagnosis.

Who is to blame for GERD?

The part of the body to blame for acid reflux is the lower oesophageal sphincter. This muscle is placed at the end of the esophagus, and because it does not tighten properly on certain occasions, it causes the contents in the stomach to rise in the esophagus. The heart-burn sensation is difficult to bear if this happens frequently, and most people take metoclopramide medication to manage the symptoms. Other people use antacids, but it is always a good idea to visit a health provider. In extreme cases, doctors can recommend surgery. Surgery is recommended if medications and a strict diet do not prevent symptoms.

Tips to avoid acid reflux

The annoying symptoms can be prevented if those with frequent crises follow certain rules. It is essential to keep a healthy diet and avoid food the triggers acid reflux. Secondly, obesity and tight clothes around the middle part of the body can also trigger acid reflux. Doctors recommend that those who suffer from GERD eat smaller portions of food and avoid smoking. There are also many teas and natural supplements that can help manage the symptoms.

Elizabeth G. Cole
Elizabeth used to be an English teacher, but she left her old job so she could raise her children and get more involved with saving the environment. She is passionate about the Planet and loves to cover this topic, but also enjoys to write about family and children activities.