How to Relieve GERD Pain 

Let’s discuss an overview of the topic. The first question that comes to mind is “what is heartburn?” It occurs when you have abdominal discomfort especially after eating or laying down. You may feel the food sits in your stomach undigested. It is associated with bloating and the symptoms may move upwards leading to a bitter taste in your mouth which is often the acid reflux.

Many people take prescription medications to help with GERD symptoms. While this can help, medications can have other side effects that hinder your overall health. GerdLi consists of all natural antacid tablets you can take on a daily basis to help with your GERD symptoms.

It is very common among Americans, as over 30 million people have it. If you feel like you’re one of these individuals it is good to do your own research and learn about the subject matter. It is also helpful to speak with your healthcare provider about this.

What is the exact mechanism of that leads to having heartburn? Your esophagus and stomach work work together. Once the food passes through the bottom of the esophagus into the stomach, there is a valve that opens to let the food pass then closes to keep the stomach acid contents from refluxing upwards. The stomach contains strong acid mixture which breaks down and digests your food. The lining of the stomach is created to handle this mixture, however the esophagus is not. So when this acid mixture refluxes back upwards, it can damage the esophagus. It usually occurs with the valve that separates the stomach and the esophagus doesn’t completely close. Some medical conditions can worsen these symptoms of heartburn: pregnancy, hiatal hernia, GERD, and certain medications like NSAIDs.

Day to day triggers of heartburn occur with certain foods or drinks: onions, citrus fruits, high fat foods, tomatoes, alcohol, acidic juices, caffeinated beverages and carbonated beverages.

Your lifestyle habits also play an important role. Obesity, smoking, stress, and wearing tight clothes or belts can contribute to worsening symptoms of heartburn.

Heartburn should never be left untreated, as it can lead to longstanding complications such as stomach ulcers, trouble swallowing or even esophageal cancer.

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Dr. Minhas, M.D.

Board-certified internal medicine (ABIM)