At some point in your life, you may develop an unpleasant medical condition called acid reflux. In a nutshell, it’s where the contents of the stomach come back up through the esophagus. It happens because of an incomplete closure of the junction between the stomach and the esophagus.
If you have a sensitive stomach, it could be that you are suffering from acid reflux. Or, to give it the official medical term, gastroesophageal reflux disease. Believe it or not, the problem is quite a common one, especially with many people that lead busy lifestyles. As you may have guessed, poor eating habits can contribute to acid reflux.
Should you suffer from acid reflux, it’s important to find out why you’ve got it and stop it affecting your life. Otherwise, it could lead to other medical complications and even cancer in extreme circumstances. Here are some telltale signs that you could have acid reflux and how to avoid it getting worse:
You have chest pains
Assuming you’re in otherwise good health, chest pains can be a symptom of acid reflux. That’s because you’ve got stomach acid splashing into your esophagus.
Be aware that chest pains can also be a sign that you are having a heart attack. Take a look at this article on heart.org to recognize the symptoms of that, in case you aren’t sure.
It gets worse when you lie down
When you have a bad stomach, does it get worse when you lie down? Or perhaps when you bend over? If so, that’s another classic sign of acid reflux. As you can imagine, the stomach acid will be easier to get into your esophagus if you’re in a horizontal position.
You’re in pain after you eat a meal
Another typical symptom of acid reflux is that you experience pain straight after having a meal. When that happens, your body is telling you that your stomach is overloaded and can’t take any more food right now!
You have a disgusting taste in your throat
Sometimes the acid reflux can make its way up your throat to the point where you can taste the stomach acids! It’s not a pleasant experience, and you’ll know you’ve had acid reflux if that has happened to you.
How to tackle acid reflux
Now that you know some of the classic symptoms of this common problem, how can you combat acid reflux? Well, if it’s something you experience quite often, it’s worth talking to your doctor about it.
That’s because it can be a symptom of another medical condition such as gastroparesis. Take a look at canadapharmacyonline.com for some more information on that so you can talk to your doctor about it being a possible cause.
There are many things you can do to lower or even stop the frequency of your body experiencing acid reflux. Some examples include:
- Having a low-fat diet;
- Eating smaller meal portions;
- Give up smoking;
- Drinking plenty of water with your meals;
- Having an asthma carried out (although no-one knows why it can cause people to have acid reflux);
- Limit your intake of fried food and carbonated drinks.
The above is by no means an exhaustive list, but it gives you a good place to help you tackle your acid reflux.
I hope you found this blog post useful today. Thanks for checking it out!