Understand what acid reflux is and solve it timely
Symptoms of Acid Reflux
After a meal, maybe when eating out or having a particularly heavy meal have you experienced any of this?
Heartburn or ache in the chest
Feeling an acidic, bitter taste at the back of your throat
Belly or stomach filled with gas and bloated
Other symptoms include nausea, burping, regurgitation of food, coughing and a hoarse voice
Here is what our expert says about acid reflux
In a nutshell, acid reflux is when acid travels up the food pipe toward the mouth. Let’s understand in more detail.
When we eat, food travels through our food pipe (oesophagus) to our stomach and then further down for digestion. To ensure food travels in the right, downward direction, a small gate-like valve is present in between the food pipe and stomach. It helps to move food down into the stomach, and closes to prevent food moving back up.
Now in our stomach, digestive acids are present. When this gate isn’t functioning optimally, stomach acid travels in the opposite direction, up the food pipe and this is known as acid reflux, often resulting in symptoms such as heartburn or a bitter taste at the back of the throat.
Acc. Practising Dietitian (Dietitians Australia)
Factors that can trigger acid reflux include
Overeating or having large meals
Eating a lot of deep fried, oily, spicy foods
Drinks with caffeine, soda, alcohol
Wearing a tight belt or pants
Carrying a lot of weight around the mid-section
Lying down soon after eating
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