Jun 27, 2019 Acid Reflux
Acid is vital to the normal functioning of our digestive system, yet it is a cause for pain and discomfort for millions each year. In every person acid lives happily in the stomach in the form of Hydrochloric Acid (HCL), it is a useful tool in helping to break down food into smaller pieces so that all the nutrients can be easily absorbed. In most people this is a pretty straightforward process, but sometimes this acid which is beneficial to us can become a problem. GORD is short for gastro oesophageal reflux disease, this is due to the inability to control and contain the acid in the stomach. Quite often people will refer to it as heart burn, although this has nothing to do with the heart. This term is used to indicate the location of the burning sensation which is in the centre middle of the chest. The reason for this burning sensation is due to the acid in the stomach reaching outside itself and touching the oesophagus (food tube leading to stomach from the mouth). This acid then begins to irritate the lining of the oesophagus and the sensation is unpleasant. Continuous irritation by the acid of the oesophagus can lead to a condition called Barrett’s Oesophagus, this is when the cells of the throat are permanently damaged. It can be a very painful condition which is irreversible therefore its important to know when to get help.Heart Burn’. There are a few lifestyle changes you can make if you are suffering with acid reflux or indigestion, these include:
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