Acid reflux is a common disease in many people. It happens when acid is produced in your stomach and moves up into your esophagus. It is also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Things that cause acid reflux disease are:
-Eating too much at one time
-Drinking alcohol and carbonated drinks
Many people experience heart burn and nausea if they have acid reflux disease. Others may experience bloody stools, bloating and vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms often you should contact a doctor to see if you have acid reflux disease. The doctor will first do an esophagram on you which checks for ulcers in the esophagus. Patients will have to swallow a liquid which allows structures in the esophagus to enlarge so it is seen on an X-ray. Other exams may check for problems near your stomach and esophagus. A long tube is inserted down the throat to see if he can find any abnormalities.
If you have acid reflux and choose not to go to the doctor, there are a few ways you can treat the symptoms you may experience. You can try eating smaller meals throughout the day, dont lay down right after you eat and avoid wearing tight clothes. You can also try to quit smoking and lose weight. Also, laying in an upright position at night will help minimize the symptoms. Placing an alka-seltzer tablet in your water is a great way you can reduce acid reflux and heart burn. These tablets can be bought at any pharmacy without needing a prescription.
Knowing about your digestive system is very important. There are a few myths that one should know about their digestive system. The first myth is that smoking relieves heartburn. This is not true as smoking can actually increase the chances of getting heartburn. Another myth that believe believe is that spicy foods cause uclers. Stomach uclers are actually caused by infection in our stomach and this is rarely caused by spicy foods. A third myth is that in order to have a healthy digestive system, one must have bowel movements everyday. Since everyones digestive system is different a person may have 2 or 3 bowel movements a day while others will only have a few a week.