four tips to avoid these four letters
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, otherwise known as GERD, is commonly recognized with a main symptom of heartburn. This is a condition that if left untreated can be a precursor to certain types of cancer. GERD is a result of an anatomical dysfunction between the stomach and the esophagus, in which the contents can back flow, via the lower esophageal sphincter. This dysfunction can be caused due to some diet and lifestyle choices which aggravate the sphincter and cause it to remain open rather than close. Here are your 4 things to avoid:
1. Cigarettes: reason number 999 to quit smoking is that it aggravates that sphincter and contributes to heartburn, as well as cancer, in numerous places in body.
2. Alcohol: another big no no, as it also weakens the link between the stomach and esophagus.
3. Overweight: excess fat can put pressure internally onto the stomach.
4. Various foods: citrus, tomato, peppermint, chocolate also all contribute to heartburn.
Contrary to popular belief often GERD isn't that there isn't enough stomach acid, but rather not enough and it is undigested food that causes a burning sensation. If you have symptoms like gas, bloating, or see food parts in your stool you may want to consider talking to a professional and evaluating if you have enough stomach acid and digestive enzymes to breakdown your food, and/or if you have a hiatal hernia. Properly digested food is more likely to travel down than go back up the opposite way.
Remember the road to good health, starts with good digestion!