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What Is Acid Reflux Or Gerd?

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Acid Reflux is a disease commonly known as GERD, Gastroesophageal Reflux
Disease. This is described by the condition in which the stomach’s liquid
content refluxes in the esophagus. This liquid can cause damage and
inflammation in the lining of your esophagus. The liquid that is refluxed
contains pepsin and acid which is produced by the stomach. Pepsin is the
enzyme which starts the digestion of the proteins found in our stomach.
The regurgitated liquid can also contain bile ...


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Acid Reflux is a disease commonly known as GERD, Gastroesophageal Reflux
Disease. This is described by the condition in which the stomach’s liquid
content refluxes in the esophagus. This liquid can cause damage and
inflammation in the lining of your esophagus. The liquid that is refluxed
contains pepsin and acid which is produced by the stomach. Pepsin is the
enzyme which starts the digestion of the proteins found in our stomach .
The regurgitated liquid can also contain bile that backs-up from the
duodenum which attaches the small intestines to the stomach. The most
damaging ingredient in acid reflux is acid.

Acid Reflux is known as a chronic condition and takes a lifetime to deal
with. A chronic condition is achieved when there is injury to the lining
of the esophagus. If treatment is applied it must be continuous or the
problems will return and so will GERD.

Our body has ways to protect itself from the destructive effects of acid
reflux. Reflux usually occurs when a person is in a supine or laying down
position because the refluxed liquid can freely flow back to the stomach.

If awake, a person swallows repeatedly whether there is reflux or not.
When a person swallows, reflux liquid flows back into the stomach. The
salivary glands produce saliva containing bicarbonate, and every time the
person swallows, the saliva containing bicarbonate travels down to the
esophagus. The bicarbonate acts as the neutralizer in the small amount of
acid which is left in the esophagus.

In fact, the reflux of the stomach's liquid contents into the esophagus
occurs in most standard individuals. One study has found that reflux
occurs as regularly in normal individuals as in patients who are
diagnosed with GERD. In patients with GERD however, the refluxed liquid
contains more acid, and the acid remains in the esophagus for longer
periods of time.
Certain conditions make a person vulnerable to acid reflux. A person who
has GERD can also have elevated hormone levels. If you feel you are
suffering from GERD it is advisable to seek medical advice from your
doctor.

								
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