These symptoms are very common. A very significant number of people suffer with symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux & GERD.

What is Heartburn?

Heartburn is a mild to severe pain in the chest. It usually occurs after eating a meal. It can be a burning or tightening sensation. Heartburn is very common. Most people treat their mild, infrequent symptoms of heartburn with medications like antacids. However, a doctor should evaluate you if you take antacids more than several times a week. Your heartburn may be a symptom of a more severe problem like acid reflux of GERD.

What Is Acid Reflux?

Reflux and heartburnWhen you swallow, food passes down your oesophagus and empties into your stomach. A circular muscle called the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) lies between your oesophagus and stomach. This muscle is in charge of closing-off your oesophagus after food passes to the stomach. If this muscle is weak or doesn’t close properly, the acid from your stomach can move backward up into your oesophagus. This is known as acid reflux.

The lining of your oesophagus is more delicate than the lining of your stomach. Therefore, acid in your oesophagus causes a burning sensation in your chest. This sensation is known as heartburn.

What Is GERD?

GERD is the chronic form of acid reflux. It’s diagnosed when the oesophagus becomes inflamed as a result of chronic acid reflux. Pain from GERD may not be relieved with antacids or other over-the-counter medication. Symptoms of GERD include:

• Feeling like stomach contents have come back up to the throat or mouth (regurgitation)
• Dry cough
• Trouble swallowing
• Chronic Heartburn

Consult Your Doctor

GerdIt is important to get such symptoms investigated medically. The standard medical approach is to recommend lifestyle changes such as weight loss, avoiding overly spicy or greasy foods and specific medications. Medications for GERD generally try to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. In extreme cases, surgery may be considered to try and repair the valve which is allowing the stomach contents to wash back up into the oesophagus.

Acid from the stomach can damage the lining of the oesophagus if left untreated. This can cause, bleeding, ulcers, scarring. The acid can also cause a change in the cells in the oesophagus over time. This is called Barrett’s oesophagus. Barrett’s oesophagus increases your risk of oesophageal cancer. However, oesophageal cancer is extremely rare, even in people with Barrett’s.

Could This be an INFLAMMATORY Condition?

YES, an increasing number of practitioners are coming to recognise that “inflammation” best describes all of the above symptoms. People are starting to recognise that specific foods are triggering these symptoms. However, unlike normal, immediate, allergy reactions, these particular food reactions are delayed (hidden) reactions. This is classic food intolerance (undigested food in the digestive tract causing inflammation).
An increasing number of people have resolved these symptoms by using the food intolerance test to help them find their problem foods.

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This short video by Dr. Mark Hyman (personal physician to ex-president Bill Clinton) explains how inflammation makes you fat and sick.