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Lifestyle Changes That Can Help with Acid Reflux

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Acid reflux disease is caused when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle does not close. This muscle, which is the “valve” between the stomach and the esophagus, normally closes tightly after food goes through to the stomach. In people with acid reflux disease, acid and stomach contents may back up (reflux) into the esophagus, throat or even mouth. This acid backup can sometimes cause the painful symptoms including:  

  • A painful burning sensation that moves from your stomach to your chest, or even up into your throat (commonly called heartburn)
  • A bitter-taste in your throat or mouth
  • Bloating
  • Bloody or black stools or bloody vomiting
  • Burping
  • The sensation of food being stuck in your throat or trouble swallowing
  • Hiccups that don't stop
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Wheezing, dry cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Chronic sore throat

If you have been diagnosed with acid reflux whether of the esophagus (GERD), or the back of the throat (LPR), or mouth, in addition to various treatment options and medications, there are lifestyle and dietary changes that can help alleviate it.

 

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