Acid reflux is a digestive disorder where the lower esophageal sphincter or LES does not close properly. This area is part of the gastroesophageal valve and is responsible for opening and closing the throat, thereby preventing food and gastric acids from reaching the stomach. Reflux of acid is common in children. The risk factors are:
The development of the disease is triggered by the build-up of bacteria and disease-causing organisms within the stomach and duodenum. The lamina propria bacteria dwell within the esophagus causing inflammation. There are many factors that increase the possibility of occurrence.
Malnutrition or excessive consumption of caffeine, alcohol, spices, and tobacco is one of the risk factors. Foods high in protein and low in fiber and antioxidants could increase the risk. The incidence of the disease varies widely depending on the person’s age, weight, gender, ethnicity, and other environmental factors.
As a result of proper medical diagnosis and monitoring, this disease can be prevented. By following a good diet, sufficient fluid intake, and a regular physical routine, it is possible to avoid an episode of reflux disease. Proper cleansing of the upper digestive tract is important in the prevention of this condition.
Another factor that causes reflux disease is the type of food that we eat. Certain types of foods such as fatty and oily foods have a tendency to irritate the LES and cause reflux.
Poor eating habits, improper posture, stress, coughing, smoking, drinking too much coffee, and eating food that is difficult to digest are also common causes. It is important to drink lots of fluids during reflux episodes and to avoid putting any pressure on the abdomen. Foods that do not digest properly, such as acidic foods, could worsen the condition.
Stomach surgery and other treatments such as anti-reflux drugs and medications can be effective in the management of reflux disease. However, these treatments are relatively expensive and have many side effects.
Natural methods such as preventing poor eating habits and adopting the appropriate sleeping position could be more cost-effective and could in fact be preventable causes of acid reflux. Natural methods include reducing our intake of caffeine, alcohol, spices, and all spicy and fatty foods, and replacing them with foods that are easier to digest.
To do this, we need to understand what the l esophageal sphincter is responsible for. The LES is primarily responsible for moving the stomach contents to the stomach and breaking them down into nutrients.
If we eliminate the appropriate amount of food, which is necessary for proper digestion, then the LES will not function properly. To fix this, the diet should contain adequate amounts of fiber and antioxidants so that the stomach will not be starved for nutrients.
Acid reflux symptoms often occur when stomach acid does not break down foods properly. This increases the amount of gastric acid secreted by the stomach and causes pain, discomfort, and vomiting. Most of the time the symptoms disappear within a few hours and you feel well again.