The cause of acid reflux is dietary. It is a self inflicted condition - it's not something you catch, like a cold.
Acid reflux, also called GERD or Heartburn occurs when the stomach contents regurgitate back up into the esophagus, irritating the lining of the esophagus.
Some people experience acid reflux symptoms up higher into the throat area and this is called laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). This happens when a digestive enzyme from the stomach, pepsin, damages the tissues in the back of the throat.
People with this condition experience symptoms such as:
Continual lump in the throat feeling
The cause of acid reflux is eating foods that don't agree with the digestive system.
Eating foods that are hard to process and combining many kinds of these hard to process foods in one meal causes a lot of distress in the stomach. The human body evolved over thousands of years on a fairly natural diet.
The last few decades has resulted in a diet that the body was never intended to process. A diet full of processed foods which are full of preservatives, additives and other chemicals that do not agree with the digestion process, as well as over-processed foods with little or no nutrition that are very hard for the body to process.
All of these ingredients impair digestion and the stomach tries to get rid of something that doesn't agree with it by trying to regurgitate it.
It is basically a warning feature that gets ignored other than trying to treat the acid reflux with drugs.
You can check our web page on acid reflux home remedies to see how to treat it naturally instead of taking drugs.
A recent study published in the Journal of The American Medical Association Otolaryngology involved 184 participants.
The study was focused on LPR type of acid reflux, the one that affects throat tissues.
All the participants were advised to avoid acid reflux triggers such as tea, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, greasy foods and spicy foods.
Both groups were checked for symptoms after 6 weeks and reported improvement in symptoms, but the group that used the Mediterranean diet showed a little more improvement.
That the cause of acid reflux is dietary is no surprise to anyone who has been involved for a while in the natural health area. With a basic understanding of how the body works, such answers become self evident and in the realm of common sense. Garbage in - garbage out!
As a side note, digestion problems are the most common cause of doctor visits and also a major cause behind IBS, diverticulosis, Crohn's disease and many other digestive complaints.
Think of it this way. Wild animals on a natural diet have almost no smell with a bowel movement. The same applies to humans on a super healthy diet.
Humans who leave an offensive smell behind after a bowel movement are revealing what's going on inside their body. That is what their insides smell like too!
For years the medical thinking regarding the cause of acid reflux was that the stomach was producing too much acid and this caused the regurgitation.
This thinking still seems to be fairly prevalent, although the real cause is the valve that prevents food and acid from backing up your esophagus.
The real cause of acid reflux is when this valve relaxes at the wrong time, allowing regurgitation to occur. This is your body warning you to make changes - not telling you that you need some drugs.
Plus there are also other consequences to this constant acid reflux that you aren't aware of.
You cannot digest food properly without stomach acid and over time, neutralizing this acid with drugs to suppress acid reflux symptoms, results in incomplete processing of food and incomplete absorption of nutrients.
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