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What is Acid Reflux

Acid reflux occurs when the food in the stomach goes back to the esophagus- this happen when the lower esophageal spincher (LES) does not function properly or if it is weaken. The LES acts like a gate. It allows the food from our esophagus to enter our stomach.
The LES is weakened by foods that are rich in acid, fatty, fried, drinks that have caffeine and alcohol contents. These foods and drinks should be avoided or if they cannot be avoided, at least lessen the intake of such foods. Aside from these, lying down after eating a large meal of eating before bedtime should also be avoided because sleeping while the stomach is full causes the stomach contents to press against the LES harder and this leads the food to go back to the esophagus.
These things can simple be avoided by changing our lifestyle and our eating habits. We can also take medications for heartburn like antacids- they neutralize the acid that your stomach makes. H2 blockers- they reduce the amount of acid that your stomach makes.  You can also take omeprazole and lansoprazole – they also reduce the acids that your stomach makes. You can also take Metoclopramide – this reduces acid reflux symptoms.  Before you decide on what to take, you should consult your doctor for the right medicine that you should take. 


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