reflux symptoms

March 21, 2011

Reflux Symptoms

Your acid reflux symptoms are the result of an elaborate communication-response system that involves more than 60,000,000,000 cells.

What you might not know is if you suffer from acid reflux symptoms that you may actually be suffering from a lack of stomach acid rather than an over production.

I know the symptoms of reflux definitely feel like you’re making too much stomach acid, but in reality it may be your system trying too hard to digest all the food-stuff in your gut.

Acid reflux is generally a dis-ease caused from undernutrition. It shouldn’t surprise you that most the food available to you isn’t exactly chocked full of living nutrition. Most food-stuff available for consumption would be more accurately described as being nothing more than tasty chemicals.

The processed food industry has to make up for the lack of proper nutrients by jacking up flavor with refined salt, sugar and flavor enhancers.

The truth will shock you.

Reflux symptoms are simply the fire alarm going off inside your cells telling you everything is out of balance.

Like your car, most people know enough not to wait for the warning signals on the dash to come on before they change their oil. However, many people do that with their body and instead of addressing the real reason for the warning signal, or acid reflux symptom . . . they just add some antacid formula as if it was motor honey.

Well motor honey might get you to the next service station but running your car on low oil and only treating the symptoms will reduce the life of your car’s engine.

Warning: treating symptoms of acid reflux doesn’t cure the original underlying issue and more often than not will make the reflux symptoms worse.

Acid rebound is a dis-ease caused from taking too many antacids to cover symptoms of reflux, rather than eliminating the problem in the first place.

If you had a leak in your roof would you just keep placing buckets under the leak while it rains? That may work the first time, but you’ll end up needing a bigger bucket every time it rains . . . that’s what treating reflux symptoms does, puts off the inevitable.

Each time you have reflux symptoms you need a little more and a little more and pretty soon you’ve got a serious dependency problem that will take more effort, time and money to fix.

Why not simply stop the cause of your acid reflux symptom at the source?

Bottom line treating reflux symptoms won’t change anything . . . except make things worse.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

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March 10, 2011

Gastro Reflux Symptoms

Gastro reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, is a condition stemming from a malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a muscular ring located at the bottom section of the esophagus. After food travels down the esophagus to the stomach, the LES should close tightly, preventing stomach acids from heading up the esophagus. When this does not occur, and gastric acids are present in the esophagus, this results in heartburn, one of the symptoms of gastro reflux.

Heartburn is caused when acidic contents from the stomach are harmfully transplanted in the esophagus. This back up of acidic liquids and particles, can be severely painful and irritating. The burning sensation felt in the chest, along with hiccups and burping, are also signs of heartburn. People who suffer from heartburn typically experience a bitter taste in their mouth. The symptoms of heartburn are amplified during the night and worsen after eating. Consistent heartburn that occurs more than a few times per week, is a sign that gastro reflux has developed. Chronic heartburn affects a large portion of the population and is used as an indicator in determining if a person is likely to contract gastro reflux.

In some cases, the acidic fluid from the stomach that has backed up to the esophagus and throat can cause people to have difficulty breathing. If the refluxed fluid aggravates the larynx, the affected person can become hoarse, have a sore throat or temporarily lose their voice. The acidic juices can also irritate the respiratory track and make the breathing process strenuous and exhausting.

When the gastric acid reaches the throat (pharynx) and mouth, the burning feeling is magnified. The sour tasting substance can cause halitosis (bad breath) and hinder social interaction. Excessive burping, a common symptom of gastro reflux, is often wet and foul smelling. The liquid that is expelled during belching may burn and cause physical irritation.

Regurgitation is another uncomfortable symptom of gastro reflux. This takes place when food is swallowed but forced back up the esophagus due to a reflux reaction. The food and liquids that are regurgitated are highly acidic, and will burn the esophagus and throat. Depending on the amount and frequency of acidic substance that has been brought back up from the stomach, a person may need to discard the contents publicly, which can be humiliating.

Symptoms of gastro reflux are usually exacerbated due to certain behaviors and lifestyle choices. People that smoke tend to increase the effects of gastro reflux symptoms. Bending over, lifting heavy objects and even lying down may cause gastro reflux as well. Drink alcohol, and partaking in caffeinated products may contribute to gastro reflux.

Extended exposure to gastro reflux has the potential to develop into esophagitis. Esophagitis is characterized by severe inflammation to the esophagus that may reduce the size of the esophagus and hinder normal swallowing functions.

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March 2, 2011

Reflux Acid Symptoms

The Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) is a muscular ring around the bottom part of the esophagus.? The function of the LES is crucial to the digestion process. As part of the job, the LES opens the door for consumed foods to access the stomach from the esophagus and effectively closes the door behind it. If the LES fails to close the door tightly or at the right time, food and acid in the stomach can gain entry into the esophagus. When the LES malfunctions, this creates several problems for your digestive system.

A lower esophageal sphincter that isn’t performing at the optimal level can lead to acid reflux disease. Acid reflux disease occurs when the acid and food reflux into the esophagus. Unfortunately, there are several symptoms of acid reflux ranging from heartburn to dysphagia. These symptoms have different effects on the body and don’t necessarily have to take place at the same time. Experiencing one or more of the following symptoms can indicate that you have reflux acid symptoms.

Heartburn: The most recognizable reflux acid symptom is heartburn. Heartburn can be identified by a burning feeling in the chest, neck and throat. The burning feeling stems from the location of acid in the esophagus that has travelled from the stomach. Heartburn usually occurs after a meal and when lying down due to the lack of gravity needed to keep the acid trapped within the stomach.

Nausea: Another reflux acid symptom is nausea. Nausea is a feeling that can be uncomfortable. Nausea has different effects on everyone but primarily causes you to feel like vomiting. People who are nauseated usually lose their appetite and can only ingest light, neutralizing foods. Feeling like you have a buildup of gas is also a sign that you are nauseated.

Burping: While burping is a normal method that the body employs to expel gas, burping can be a sign of acid reflux. Usually, the gastric acid that takes the journey up the esophagus causes you to belch. Burping forces the gastric acid out of the esophagus and into your mouth, causes burning and leaves behind an awful taste.

Chest Pain: The burning sensation prompted by heartburn normally affects the chest in addition to other chest pain. This chest pain is caused by an esophagus that has been inflamed by stomach acid that has refluxed. An inflamed esophagus radiates pain to the surrounding areas of the torso, especially the chest.

Dysphagia: If you have difficulty swallowing your food, this could be as a result of dysphagia, a reflux acid symptom. Dysphagia causes you to have an uncomfortable feeling during and after meals. People experiencing dysphagia often feel like food has lodged in their neck or throat.

Reflux acid symptoms should be taken very seriously. Determining if you suffer from acid reflux will help you to treat the disease and its symptoms. To find out more about reflux acid symptoms and what you can do about them, visit today for more information.

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