acid reflux disease symptoms

April 14, 2011

Acid Reflux Disease Symptoms

Acid reflux disease is a condition that occurs when the enzymes and acids in the stomach are hyperactive and escape the stomach making their way to the esophagus causing the esophagus and the chest and even the abdominal region to burn. This is what is known as heartburn. There is a ring shaped valve that is located at the bottom of the esophagus, top of the stomach. This valve is known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The job of the LES is to allow food to pass through the esophagus to the stomach. Immediately after food passes through the esophagus, the valve is to close quickly and tightly allowing for the stomach acids to work at digesting the food that has been passed to it. When this valve neglects to close, or if this valve opens too frequently there is a possibility for acid to escape the stomach and reach the esophagus causing acid reflux.

When the upper part of the stomach and the LES move above the diaphragm, this can cause acid reflux, as well. This is known as a hiatal hernia. The diaphragm helps to keep acids in the stomach. If you are suffering from a hiatal hernia, stomach acids can move into your esophagus causing acid reflux symptoms.

Symptoms for acid reflux can vary from person to person. Out of the thousands of people that suffer from acid reflux every day, there are those who refer to the symptoms they experience as mild or a little uncomfortable while others report a debilitating pain.

Symptoms for acid reflux include, but are not limited to:

  • Heartburn: Heartburn is the most common acid reflux disease symptom. When the nerve fibers of the esophagus are stimulated by the stomach acids that have reached the esophagus there is a burning sensation that we refer to as heartburn. Heartburn may start as high as the throat and can make its way down into the lower abdomen. Though most sufferers experience heartburn as a burning sensation, there are those who have reported a sharp, stabbing or pressure-like pain in the chest that can often be confused with experiencing a heart attack. There are rare instances where heartburn may be felt in the back.
  • Regurgitation: Regurgitation happens when consumed foods and liquids are expulsed from the mouth via the stomach and esophagus. In this instance, the acids, liquids and sometimes food, travels from the stomach through the LES to the upper esophageal sphincter (USE) and enters the throat. There may be a sour of bitter taste in the mouth followed by heavy salivation which inevitably leads to regurgitation. If this happens often, the acids that reach the mouth may cause erosion of the teeth and gums.
  • Nausea: Nausea is a symptom that is less common but when experienced can result in vomiting. There is no known reason why there are some acid reflux sufferers that experience heartburn while others are nauseated. These two symptoms rarely occur together.

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October 19, 2010

Acid Reflux and Cornmeal

Most corn these days is full of pesticides and herbicides and it?s not beyond the possibility your cornmeal is from a genetic modified source (GMO). Most people think cornmeal is good for them, thinking it?s just another yellow vegetable, but don?t forget corn is not a vegetable, it?s a grain.

Grains can trigger allergies, asthma and acid reflux disease symptoms.

Funny thing about grains, their seeds that have built in plant-made herbicides and pesticides called phytotoxins. One of the most common of these plant-made toxins is called phytic acid.

Phytates are toxins that are designed to protect the seed.

You see Mother Nature designed the seeds of fruits and vegetables to be spread around by those that eat them, often discarding the pit or passing the seeds in their body waste.

The problem with grain/seeds is if they get eaten, they can?t grow knew plants and would become extinct. That?s where phytotoxins come in–they help ensure the future propagation of the species.

Acid reflux can have many causes, but one of the most common causes of acid reflux is a mineral deficiency.

Phytates are found in very high quantities in all the processed cereals, especially cornmeal. These phytates, or phytic acid, actually keeps the corn kernel, or seed, in a hardened, dormant state. Phytates ward of mold, fungus and are designed to absorb certain minerals.

This way, when the corn falls upon fertile ground rich with the perfect growing conditions, the phytates will dissolve and allow the corn seed to sprout and grow. What happens when people eat unsprouted seed or in this case cornmeal flour, is that all their minerals are inhibited or blocked from being absorbed into the body.

Acid reflux is triggered from a ?lack? of stomach acid, in most cases. Your body requires specific minerals to make bile ?salts? and other digestive acids. Once these mineral salts are depleted from your body?s store house of nutrients, it causes a chain reaction of other deficiencies.

Your enzymes, hormones and stomach acids depend on minerals and their cofactors to help run and regulate all your metabolic processes.

I like cornbread as much as the next guy; however, if you are older, your minerals, nutrients and cofactors are usually on the low side.

So if cornmeal triggers heartburn, acid reflux or indigestion, better not eat it until you get your body?s nutritional storehouse restocked with viable essentials.

Always go into any subject, whether it?s acid reflux or anything else, do your due diligence. Don?t just take my word or anyone else?s word for it . . . look into the matter yourself. I apologize if I?m preaching to the choir.

Obviously you know what you?re doing or you wouldn?t be here now reading this article, right?

Anyway, keep searching, the root cause of your acid reflux exists and perhaps it?s even from eating too many unsprouted grains like cornmeal and not enough enzyme rich fruits and vegetables, who knows?

Truth is YOU are the last authority of your own health . . . read on and live well!

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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